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Do You Need A Chronic Pain Bra?

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12 Apr 2024

A chronic pain bra is one of several tools that those living with long-term pain can use to keep symptoms under control and avoid excessive discomfort when dressing.

We’re going to explore the key features of chronic pain bras, their importance, and how to choose the right one for you.

chronic pain bra: woman with back pain sitting down

Why Is A Good Bra Important For Chronic Pain?

Underwear and bras are important for support and comfort day–to-day. When they’re not the right style or fit they can be irritating and even painful to wear, and that’s without considering any conditions that might make wearing traditional bras even more difficult.

Support and Stability

With any bra support is key. 

For those with conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis, it’s important that the support is well balanced and doesn’t put any excess stress on a particular area. This is where bra adjustment can be key. A bra that doesn’t fit well can impact posture and enhance symptoms associated with chronic pain.

Front adjusting straps are often the most accessible for those with pain in the shoulders, neck, arms or hands. They allow the wearer to properly adjust the bra to suit comfort levels for that day without complicated fixtures and difficult straps.

The material used can also make a difference to the level of support offered by a bra. Stretchy but non-restrictive materials are a good option for those with chronic pain.

A supportive and well-fitting bra will remove pressure from problem areas. The use of soft fabrics for adaptive bras also helps to stop a restrictive fit and provide relief to sensitive skin.

Simplified Dressing

Dressing can be a real chore when you also need to consider things like discomfort or arthritis. For those with chronic pain, bras can be uncomfortable when reaching or stretching is needed to properly fasten them and adjust the fit. This is where adaptive bras are excellent.

A good chronic pain bra will reduce the need to strain and twist when fastening. Its streamlined fastens, whether velcro or magnetic, aim to simplify the dressing process.

chronic pain bra: senior woman with chronic pain

What Is An Adaptive Bra?

An adaptive bra is a specialized type of bra designed to address the unique needs and challenges of those with physical disabilities, limited mobility, or chronic health conditions.

Where traditional bras might present challenges with dressing, adaptive bras look to simplify the entire process with innovative and accessible features. These features enhance comfort, ease of use and functionality for those with additional considerations when dressing.

Whilst these innovative designs are created with accessibility in mind, they’re ideal for anyone who wants a comfortable and convenient dressing experience.

Key Features For A Chronic Pain Bra

Soft, Breathable Fabric: Opt for bras made from soft, breathable materials to minimize irritation and promote airflow. This will reduce discomfort when wearing the bra all day.

Front-Fastening Design: Look for bras with front-fastening closures to simplify dressing and undressing, particularly when considering limited mobility or dexterity.

Wide Band: Choose bras with wide bands to provide additional support and stability, distributing weight evenly and reducing strain on the shoulders and back.

Front Adjusting Straps: Select bras with adjustable straps to customize the fit and accommodate fluctuations in breast size or swelling.

Multiple Ways To Dress: Many Adaptive bras offer versatile dressing options to accommodate changing mobility needs. Bras can feature front closures, side closures, or step-in designs, some can even be worn in multiple ways to suit chronic pain that changes day-to-day.

Easy To Grip: Designed with accessibility in mind, adaptive bras feature elements that are easy to grip and manipulate. They may have additional rings attached to closures or wider bands and larger fixtures.

The Springrose Adaptive Bra for Chronic Pain

The Springrose Adaptive bra is a standout for accessibility. With soft, front-fastening velcro closures and front adjusting shoulder straps, it’s the perfect option for those with shoulder or back pain that impacts dressing. 

Each Springrose bra comes with an additional O-ring for easier grip when fastening this chronic pain bra.

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