Physical Benefits of Wearing a Corset


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Corsets may help to stabilize the body, prevent injury, correct past injuries, change body morphology and more – read below to read about the physical/medical benefits to corseting, or read about mental/emotional benefits, or the social benefits on their corresponding pages. Or, you can go back to the main “Corset Benefits” page.

Physical Benefits of wearing a corset:

The black, bolded notes are the chapters and stories where you can read truthful, in-depth cases about these in the official Corset Benefits book, Solaced.

  1. Corsets help control back pain and correct posture, to help those with past injuries (e.g. car accidents, vertebral fractures, slipped discs), to wear and tear injuries (e.g. osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease).
    Refer to Chapter 1: Back Injuries
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  2. Corsets can help stabilize spinal curvature of scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis patients and help alleviate their back pain and muscle tension from their curve. Some have even said that corsets have corrected their curve! Some experienced corsetieres design corrective corsets that may help to stop the worsening of the curve or reduce the curve over time.
    Refer to Chapter 2: Spinal Curve
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  3. Corsets can conceal asymmetries and help people prevent tension or injury associated with skeletal asymmetries (PFFD and other birth defects) and also muscular asymmetries (after unilateral strokes, or after asymmetric surgical removal of muscles).
    Refer to Chapter 6: Physical Disorders & Disability
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  4. Correct posture also helps prevent other skeletal issues. One viewer has experienced relief from her plantar fasciitis while wearing a corset because of the redistribution of her weight on her feet. I have experienced considerable pressure taken off my knees since wearing corsets (bad knees run in my family), as corsets have changed the way I sit and stand, and encourage me to keep my hips level. Two people have said that their corset has corrected their turned foot (in-toeing and out-toeing) and helped them walk properly.
    Refer to stories “From Duck-Butt to Pin-Up” and “Corsets Corrected my Walk”
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  5. Corsets can also help relax trigger points and alleviate/ prevent some muscular pain, fatigue and and tension from autoimmune disorders (e.g. fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, etc.) and after injury (e.g. post-traumatic dystrophy)
    Refer to Chapter 7: Fibromyalgia
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  6. Corsets, especially overbust corsets, and support the bustline. For those who have very heavy breasts, this can help alleviate back pain and neck strain, reduce headaches (see below) and help prevent Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (inflammation of the brachial nerve plexus, which is often caused or exacerbated by the weight of the breasts).
    Refer to Chapter 3: Breast Support
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  7. Corsets have also been known to reduce the intensity of headaches or migraines, and over time, some wearers have noticed that the corset has stop their headaches completely as proper posture can take tension off the neck and shoulders. Also, by potentially reducing the hyperlordosis in the lumbar spine, a properly-fitting corset can act as an orthopedic traction unit to prevent the spinal cord from being pinched or stretched (thereby preventing or helping to improve nerve problems).
    Refer to stories “A Glimmer of Hope”, “Liberation from Joint Pain”, “A Bride’s Tips on Pacing”, Wisdom and Autonomy”, and “Life with Intracranial Hypertension”
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  8. Corsets are used as lumbar support to prevent potential back injuries and give support during work — e.g. during heavy lifting, repeated tasks or long hours on one’s feet, or in front of a computer. This has been known to benefit those working trade careers like plumbing and automechanics, those in retail who lift stock or stand for many hours, and those in the medical and nursing fields when having to lift patients, etc.
    Refer to stories “Corsets Saved my Career” and “Outdoing the Spring Chickens”
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  9. Those who have hypermobility or connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome sometimes experience injury due to weakness and hyperextension in their joints, and they may also experience chronic pain. Wearing a corset has helped some of these people by bracing the torso and preventing spontaneous movements that could lead to sprains, dislocations or other injuries.
    Refer to Chapter 5: Hypermobility & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
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  10. For people who suffer from chronic low blood pressure, or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) wherein the heart beats unusually fast but the blood pressure isn’t stabilized when going from sitting to standing, corsets can help to raise and stabilize blood pressure, preventing it from dropping too quickly or erratically. *Torso compression is usually paired with compression socks and other devices. Please speak with a doctor before you manage your blood pressure with a corset.
    Refer to Chapter 5: Hypermobility & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and also the story “Corsets for Orthostatic Hypotension”
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  11. For people with Sensory Processing Disorder and other neurological/ sensory afflictions, where they are unable to tune out or desensitize to light touch or other sensations, a corset provides a firm, equal pressure evenly around the torso and helps “turn down” sensation. The thick layers of a corset also provide a barrier against the light fluttery touch of a shirt or from other people, preventing sensory overload.
    Refer to the story “Corsets and Sensory Processing Disorder
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  12. Corsets are sometimes used by singers and public speakers as diaphragm support; they provide resistance against which the diaphragm can push, which may help the singer achieve higher or more powerful notes. Some operatic singers also find it useful to rehearse in corsets, since they are often required to wear corsets in performance.
    Refer to stories “Corset Solutions” and “Finding my Voice”
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  13. Two viewers have mentioned that wearing a corset has helped improve their asthma. The upper lungs and bronchi may not be fully open or utilized with very poor posture, and correcting posture using a corset may help to open up the chest, relax the windpipe and allow easier breathing.*Asthmatics, please consult with your doctor before trying a corset, as not everyone has the same experience.
    Refer to the story “A Home Found in Corsets”
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  14. Corsets can also help to protect the organs during horse-riding or motorcycling, acting like a kidney belt to prevent bruising of the retroperitoneal organs. Corsets can also be used to help with balance and communication while riding on horseback.
    Refer to “Getting Back on the Horse”, “My Journey Back to Health”, “Corsets in Action: Fashionable Healing”, and “Biker ‘Chic’ ”
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  15. Corsets have provided actual protection as armor for a few lucky individuals, from motor vehicle accidents, to being shot, stabbed, punched and kicked in the gut. One ER doctor asked “Why don’t NASCAR drivers wear those things?” *NB It’s not recommended that the corset be used as a bullet-proof vest, or any deliberate armor. These were serendipitous events.
    Refer to Chapters 11 (Armor) and 20 (Noteworthy Newspaper Clippings)
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  16. Corsets are helpful in minimizing menstrual cramps in women. Many women temporarily relieve their dysmenorrhea by lying in the fetal position, which exerts pressure on the peritoneal organs and somewhat diminishes the painful uterine contractions. Corsets can mimic this position by exerting pressure on these same organs, reducing uterine contractions (and thus cramping) while her posture remains erect.
    Refer to Chapter 9: Dysmenorrhea & Endometriosis
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  17. Corsets can prevent some types of abdominal hernias by exerting external pressure on the abdomen, or may act like a girdle to prevent pre-existing hernias from worsening while the wearer waits for surgical repair. *NB: this may only help specific types of abdominal hernias, and results may vary – misuse of the corset may result in worse hernias in the case of hiatal/inguinal/femoral hernias. Always consult a doctor before trying a corset for any reason.
    Refer to stories “My Exoskeleton”, “Are Corsets Good Back Support?”, and “My Armor, My Weapon”
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  18. f extensive injury to the abdominal wall has already occurred (from automotive accidents, surgeries or procedures like ileostomies, etc.) and the muscles are unable to heal properly, corsets may provide a source of protection and can help increase the intra-abdominal pressure to prevent the muscles from collapsing.
    Refer to Chapter 10: Post-Surgical Abdominal Weakness
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  19. Corsets can sometimes help to correct diastasis recti, the separation of the abdominal muscles that some experience during their last term of pregnancy, if the corset is used postpartum to hold the muscles together and prevent them from separating further while they heal together again.*Again, please check with your OB/GYN to see if compression wear is appropriate for you after childbirth.
    Refer to Chapter 13: Postpartum & Motherhood
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  20. For those who have ligament disorders that may affect the position of the stomach and liver, or for those who have had major surgery which has resulted in shifting of their organs, a well-fitting corset can lift up and support these organs and prevent “floating” or dropped liver (hepaptosis). See my interview with Kitty.
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  21. Corsets may be used as a weight loss aid – they act as an external gastric band and do not allow much expansion of the stomach, thus helping to control appetite and reduce food portions. Wearing a corset can also help the wearer to see themselves as a smaller person, ‘planting the seed’ of belief in their minds that weight loss is achievable, and acting as a strong motivation for these wearers to improve their nutrition and fitness regimen.
    Refer to Chapter 4: Weight Loss & Lifestyle, and stories “The Art of Aging” and “Shattering the Stigma”
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  22. Corsets give some women an hourglass shape that they may never be able to achieve naturally (through diet and exercise). Medications like steroids, or conditions like thyroid abnormalities or PCOS can make weight loss nearly impossible for some. On the other end of the spectrum, some patients with hyperthyroidism, pituitary issues, extremely fast metabolisms, or muscle wasting conditions may find it difficult or impossible to put on weight. However, the use of corsets can make it possible for women in both these situations to temporarily experience more of an hourglass shape even if their current gene expression or health situation dictates otherwise.
    Refer to Chapter 12: Body Positivity
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  23. Corsets can change a wearer’s figure semi-permanently through changes in muscle and fat pad morphology. Many athletic women use corsets to make their waists smaller. Female body builders have used corsets to reduce the size of their waists so they will have a more competitive edge in fitness competitions. Ex-professional swimmers have also used corsets after their careers to help reverse the effect of the “Swimmers’ barrel chest” and give them back the smaller ribcage they had before swimming.
    Refer to Chapter 4: Weight Loss & Lifestyle, and stories “Wesley” and “The Art of Aging”
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  24. It is even possible that the compression of a corset can undo the damage caused by wearing skinny-jeans or ill-fitting bras, by providing gentle consistent pressure over the area where permanent dents occur on the back or the hips, and providing a barrier to prevent outer clothes from pinching the same way again. While minor fat pad migration is disputed (in the context of breast tissue especially), some corset wearers have seen noticeable results even when the corset is off.
    Refer to the stories “Dent Repair” and “Paradoxical Liberation”
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  25. Corsets are used to reshape and feminize the figures of trans women or gender fluid individuals: often making the ribcage more narrow, raising the apparent height of the waistline, and making the hips look fuller in contrast. These changes may help with any dysphoria they may experience by creating a figure they may consider more desirable or more easily identify with.
    Refer to Chapter 14: Gender Identity
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  26. Corsets are also worn by men who need back support – a custom fit piece can help them keep a masculine physique, so they don’t have to be concerned about inadvertently creating any feminizing effects. Special custom corsets can also be used by trans men to change their figure into one that presents as more stereotypically masculine.
    Refer to the story “Paradoxical Liberation”
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  27. In those who have slow bowels/ constipation issues, the pressure of wearing a corset can sometimes stimulate the intestines and may allow a brief increase in peristalsis immediately after taking off the corset, making it easier to have a bowel movement. In those who have issues with diarrhea or fast bowels, wearing a corset  snugly can sometimes slow down peristalsis, possibly lengthening the time between bowel movements. *this doesn’t work the same way for everyone – if you already experience abdominal pain, bloating or irregularity, ask your doctor before you’d like to try corseting.
    Refer to the story “Pain Free and Pill Free”
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  28. The gentle compression from corsets can also sometimes help with cramping associated with gastrointestinal disorders. While highly disputed, four writers featured in Solaced have experienced relief from their gastric/ intestinal pain caused by ulcerative colitis, IBS, fibromyalgia, and idiopathic causes.*Please speak with your doctor if you have a gastric or intestinal issues before considering a corset, as normally corseting is not recommended for these individuals.
    Refer to Chapter 8: Gastrointestinal Disorders, and also the story “Story of a Scar and a Swan”

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*Please note that this article is strictly for information purposes and not intended to replace the advice of a medical physician. Please talk to your doctor if you’d like to start wearing a corset for any reason.*

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45 comments on “Physical Benefits of Wearing a Corset

  1. how much can i reduce my waist with a corset? when it becames Dangerous for my healt?

    • Hello – without knowing your starting waist measurement, your overall health or your experience with corsets, I can’t say how much of a waist reduction is reasonable for you. It is different for everyone based on their individual physiology and lifestyle and circumstances. If you’d like to read more about the physical effects of corseting, please see this section of my website. People with a fallen uterus or high blood pressure shouldn’t wear corsets because of their pre-existing health issues.

  2. I have a corset custom made after my scoliosis surgery in 1976 – now all these years later I may need another surgery but in the meantime if I could stabilize my lower back – T4 and T5 I’d like to try another corset. Do you know – could you tell me how I might be able to go about that? I know all of the pros and cons and I really want to go ahead and get another one – I outgrew the first one 😀

  3. Susan Thomas on said:

    I have been wearing my corset for a number of weeks and it had help my lower back pain tremendously I had tried everything in the past and found this is the only thing that helps as on my feet 10 hours a day.

  4. Eliza Galbraith on said:

    I found this page very helpful, because my chiropractor recently told me that I was exhibiting signs of scoliosis. And that would suck,so I’m trying to find ways to prevent it. My sister keeps recommending Pilates, but I can never find a workout that actually helps with my back pain.

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  7. Brittany on said:

    I have known i had EDS for my whole life. I had looked for corsets sence 2002. I started wearing corsets regularly in 2014. I started watching lucy on YouTube and that lead me to the sight and corset makers. Now i am a walking add to the medical field as well as people just looking to slim down those difficult love handles. Thank you for yoyr time Lucy!

  8. Hello,
    I have been told i have scoliosis in my upper back and my lumbar sits in 3 inches too far.. I have also been told that i have spinal and muscle degeneration in my back as well as a birth defect “spinabifida occulta”. I may have neuropathy in my legs and my ribs hips and legs all sit at different lengths. I have been thinking of getting a corset but have no real clue about them or how they work. Ive done research and so far everything has told me it would help.. Even with asthma.. I was wondering if you thought it would be a good idea? If you think it would help with the pain and the spasms? If so.. Where would i find one for a short torso?
    After your reponse i will ask my doctor.
    Thank you!
    Alyssa

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Alyssa, I would definitely check with your doctor, and also your medical insurance company (if you have one) before starting a commission with any corsetiere – even one with experience with scoliosis, etc. I have a page on asymmetric corsets for scoliosis here, if you’re interested. Other corsetieres who have made custom pieces for people with scoliosis includes Lace Embrace and also Ties that Bynde, I just haven’t gotten around to updating the page yet.

  9. Ntsoaki on said:

    Hi
    I’m suffering from a lower back, and lately I feel pains on my chest, I sit a lot in front of computer and I do go to gym 3-5 days per week! I suddenly lost my good posture since I experience these pains! Do you think corset can help me?

    Regards,
    Nzwa

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Nzwa, thank you for your comment. If your pain has come on fairly suddenly and you don’t know the cause of the issue, I would definitely see a doctor before you go out and buy a corset. It would be good to identify the cause of your pain, and see whether your trusted physician would think a corset would be the best route of treatment.

  10. Janice on said:

    Hi Lucy, I enjoy your entire site and have done much research in the last week. It seems I’m forever reading over articles and/or watching your youtube videos! I contacted you around Tuesday or Wednesday I think, but can’t find that original inquiry, so thought here might be the best place to ask. You referred me to Contour Corsets because I told you I have a lower spinal issue that is in need of support. Unfortunately, Fran just responded back to me today and is not taking new customers. Really, I think I just need a corset that fits my dimensions. I have an OTR corset from 15 years ago that I bought on a whim and am using it because of how much pain my back has been in. It really does hold my lower spine in place, but pinches and gouges me in areas because it’s not made to fit a short torso. Here’s my question: Do you make corsets? I feel I trust your knowledge and expertise with all the reviews you’ve done, and thought maybe you make corsets for others besides yourself. It would not be for decorative purposes. I just need something I can wear under my clothes that fits, that holds my spine in place, and some reduction in size would be bonus! Haha! Currently, I layer a bunch of clothing because my current corset pushes my bust up so high it is unnatural. My husband laughs at me, but I do it because it holds my spine and for no other reason. Please help! I’m desperate.

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hello Janice, unfortunately at the moment I have negative time to dedicate to sewing since I’ve gone back to school. Did you try Lace Embrace or Totally Waisted corsets since the last time we spoke?

      • Janice on said:

        No I hadn’t. I was just so impressed with what I saw on Fran’s site that I was totally discouraged and didn’t know where to turn next. I’ll see if I can contact either of them. Thanks again.

  11. Michelle on said:

    Hi I have a. Sliding hiatus hurnia,and have lost 2 dress,sizes but I have a belly and was wondering if I wore a corsett would it help my belly. Thanks ?

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Michelle, I would definitely recommend talking to your Dr about wearing a corset with your hernia. Some people find that the corset can help with an umbilical hernia for instance, but the pressure from the corset may make problems with your hiatal hernia since the corset may push up on it.

  12. kayla koerper on said:

    I have been using a waist trainer for 3 weeks now, almost a month and I have noticed nothing but benefits. My cramps are less intense, my bowel movement’s aren’t as urgent(IBS-D) and the thing I love the most is the reduction of back pain and my posture has significantly improved.It wear it all the time and maybe it is my body type( very petite)but I have a high torso and my ribs are higher up so there isn’t as much compression on them so my Miss Belt waist trainer is very comfortable to wear daily.I am very pleased with my results so far.kk

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      That’s wonderful to hear that you’re having so many positive effects, Kayla! I’m currently working on a book of all the benefits, and if you’d like to share your experience with IBS and how the corset has helped, I would love to speak with you more via email. 🙂

  13. Mary Crane on said:

    I’m 77 years old and find I am stooping when walking. Almost leaning forward from my waist! When I think about it I stand up straight but of course I don’t always realise what I’m doing. Is there a corset I could wear which would keep me upright?

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hello Mary, there might be a couple options for you. If you’d like to send me your measurements, I can let you know what kind of corset may work for your body type. Please also mention that you commented on my site, since I’m often conversing with many people online at once and sometimes get a little scatterbrained. 🙂

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  15. bacalove on said:

    You state, “experienced corsetieres have even designed corrective corsets that may help to reduce the curve over time.” Do you have the names of these corsetiers?

  16. Samantha on said:

    My ribcage is too broad, I thought I was hopeless!! but what type of corset is recommended in this case?
    This kind of traumatized me during puberty, so I developed chronical migraine from a bad posture, when trying to always hide my ribs.

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  18. mara omolade on said:

    I have Umbilical Hernia, can corsets help me heal it ?

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Mara, I always recommend you speak with your doctor if you want to use compression garments for your hernia. She or he will be able to tell you if it’s appropriate or not based on your medical history!

  19. i have a problem with my back it really pains can i use a corset

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Terry, I know a great many people who use corsets to help with their back pain, but it depends on the cause of the pain so do talk to your doctor first!

  20. Susan on said:

    I don’t think this particularly helps with asthma. I suffer from asthma myself and every time I wear a corset, no matter how tight or loose I feel like I cannot breathe.

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Susan, that’s why I wrote in the disclaimer to talk to your doctor before trying a corset. Some asthmatics find that a certain type of corset may help them, while others find corsets too restrictive. It seems to be on a case-by-case basis and it’s not for everyone!

  21. Minta on said:

    I have worsening Ehlers-Danlos (I’m so surprised you know about it – yay!!), & my lower back is getting looser & weaker no matter what exercises I do. (Other joints, too, but that’s another matter & it is my lower back that hurts the most.) What kind of corset would you suggest? I am only just starting to look, & your site is fab, but I don’t live anywhere near a corset place so would have to buy on the web. I’m not trying to give myself an hourglass figure & pushed up breasts, though I do have a smaller waist, but just give me support in the lumbar region & also improve my posture. I also want to wear it under my clothes, though as I live on an island in the Atlantic off Florida, it gets hot!! Thank you very much!!

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hello Minta, sorry for my late response! As I understand, there are several different types of EDS, so I would always recommend speaking to a doctor if you’d like to try a corset. If you’re just looking for posture support and stabilization, then a corset with a modern-slim silhouette would likely work for you. A longline corset would come down over the hips and might stabilize the lower region a little better. Mesh corsets exist as well for warmer climates! Purlbeadsjo has a blog post on wearing corsets with EDS, you may find it useful. 🙂

  22. Tamarah on said:

    What about those of us with pelvic organ prolapse? Won’t corseting worsen these types of hernias? I miss my 23″ waist from my teens BUT I don’t want to expel my bladder or rectum to get it back!

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Tamarah, I talk a little bit about pelvic prolapse in my article on the reproductive system I think – I don’t recommend wearing a corset if you already have prolapse because it can create an uncomfortable pressure or exacerbate the condition. This is why in the Physical Benefits page, it mentions that a corset may only help with CERTAIN types of abdominal hernias and not all hernias, and to check with your doctor if you have any questions.

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