Health Watch - Looking Good: Skinny Straps

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about looking good for the holiday season. Dressing up for holiday parties may mean slinky dresses with skinny straps – and that could lead to headaches.

Dr. Karen Kowalske, chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says skinny straps worn too tightly can put pressure on the trapezius muscle. That causes strain and knotting in the muscle, which can lead to headaches or pain radiating down the arm. It doesn’t cause permanent damage, but it can take weeks to resolve. To avoid or ease the pain, fuller-breasted women should wear lingerie with wide straps. Even regular straps may be too thin for these women. Make sure the spaghetti straps on evening wear don’t cut too deeply into your shoulders.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/rehabilitation to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in physical medicine and rehabilitation.


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December 2009

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