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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