Health Watch — Valentine's Day: Lingerie Woes

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day. Those who are watching their diets may not want to receive chocolate as a Valentine’s Day gift, so pretty lingerie is a popular and romantic alternative. But that lingerie could cause a headache.

Dr. Karen Kowalske, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says wearing a thin bra strap too tightly can lead to headaches because it puts too much pressure on the trapezius muscle. That can cause the muscle to knot and radiate pain up into the head or down the arm. The pain will go away after switching to a wider strap. Larger-breasted women should look for bras with wider, padded straps. Even normal straps may be too narrow for comfort, and thin spaghetti straps are most likely to cause problems.

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February 2008

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