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In the last year I have read and heard about the possible health benefits of wearing a corset – mostly for people who suffer from chronic back pain due to injury, scoliosis, and the like. This is a topic I have a personal interest in, because I have scoliosis myself, and am missing a vertebrae in my spine on top of it, so decades of poor posture due to all of that has caused me to have chronic pain that no amount of physiotherapy, over the counter pain killers or trips to the chiropractor (years ago) has ever helped.
Corsets make a strange kind of sense – a lot of young people with scoliosis wear back braces, and it stands to reason that a corset would do something similar – control your posture, support your back, etc. And there are definitely people online that rave about their ability to help relieve back pain – usually people who make and sell corsets, and people like Tara Moss, who discusses it a bit in this video here:
If wearing a corset would help with the pain, it would definitely make life easier for me. I could spend more time sitting at my sewing machine sewing for one thing!
So this had already been on my mind when yesterday I somehow managed to injure my back while brushing my hair. Yes, just brushing my hair. To be fair, over the weekend I had also been doing a lot of heavy lifting and stuff like that, so it was probably more a matter of my back deciding that enough was enough. Either way, I seem to have pulled a major muscle in my upper back and I have been dealing with some pretty horrendous pain ever since. So I pulled out the one corset I own, which isn’t really a proper corset, it zips up in the back for one thing, but it does have some form of boning and fits me fairly well so I’m wearing it this morning to see if it helps. I had already been wearing it off and on over the last week while sewing at my machine to see if it would help control the amount of back pain, and it had been helping somewhat, but probably not as much as a custom fitted one would.
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So now I’m on the hunt for good and easy corset sewing patterns so I can make one for myself. Preferably ones that would work for a petite frame, or at least have multiple cup sizes if the are not under bust corset patterns.
What about you guys? Do any of you have any thoughts on the possible health benefits of corsets, or just thoughts on corsets in general, or any corset pattern recommendations? I love reading other women’s opinions on corsets, vintage under garments, “shape wear”, etc, so any and all thoughts are welcome!