What Is the Connection Between Large Breasts and Back Pain?


Many women would love to have larger breasts. But if you have large breasts, you may realize that size can have its drawbacks. One of them, for some women, is discomfort in the form of back pain.

Is There a Connection Between Large Breasts and Back Pain?

It makes logical sense that large breasts might strain the muscles and tendons of the back because of the added weight on the front of the chest, causing back pain. But is this actually the case?

The few research studies on the topic have shown a connection between large breasts and upper back pain, but it’s a more complicated link than you might expect. The relationship is affected by other factors, including excess weight, posture, and, to a lesser extent, proper bra fit.

Large breasts do put extra strain on the muscles in the back, neck, and shoulders, creating a gravitational pull that must be balanced by muscle action to keep an erect posture.    The muscle action to counteract the force of gravity on heavy breasts leads to the muscle pain.

The extra weight of large breasts can also affect your posture, multiplying the effect of muscle strain. The muscle tension can result from tired muscles or an effort to make your breasts appear less prominent by curving your back and hunching your shoulders.

Research has also found a connection between weight and back pain, suggesting a three-way link between large breasts, weight, and discomfort. Large breasts can make exercising more difficult for weight management, build muscle strength, and promote torso flexibility.

Age can be another factor, as breasts begin to sag and shift downward over time, this changes the center of gravity in your upper torso.

Finally, the fit of your bra may also be a factor in back pain, though a smaller one. An ill-fitting bra could force you to adjust your posture in unhealthy ways to find relief from the discomfort of the bra.

What Can You Do to Relieve Breast-Related Back Pain

Shed excess weight. Extra fat on your body is likely to increase the imbalance in your torso, as it tends to accumulate in your breasts and abdomen. If you’re overweight, take steps to lose that extra fat with healthy eating and exercise habits. You may find that’s all you need to do to relieve your back pain.

Tone your core muscles. In addition to aerobic exercise to help manage your weight, add strength- and flexibility-building activities into your exercise routine. By strengthening and building flexibility in the muscles of your back, abdomen, and shoulders, you can straighten your posture and may be able to reduce back pain. Yoga and Pilates are both great for this kind of torso toning. You might also work with a physical therapist or personal trainer to find exercises that address your specific needs.

Buy yourself a well-fitted bra. Find a bra that supports your breasts comfortably and distributes the weight with wide shoulder straps. You might consider a sports bra or be fitted for a custom-made bra.

Breast Reduction Surgery

If you’ve tried the remedies listed above, are close to your ideal weight, and still have chronic back pain, you might consider breast reduction surgery at the Encino Surgicenter. The procedure reduces the size and weight of your breasts while also lifting and shaping them into an attractive form. While the primary goal of the procedure is cosmetic — to bring your body’s form into better balance — it can also relieve back, neck, and shoulder pain due to larger breasts. Women who have breast reduction surgery often experience other benefits as well, including a renewed self-confidence, comfort in exercising, and the freedom to wear clothes they prefer.

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