When Fashion Hurts with Kym Douglas

When Fashion Hurts with Kym Douglas

High Heels Can Exacerbate Back Pain And Lead To Ongoing Discomfort

Kym’s Solutions
  1. If you must wear high heels, bring flats!
  2. Additionally, choose comfortable/supportive shoes, I like to call them my "Not-So-High Heels!"

Spanx And Other Tight Garments
A New Study just came out that Spanx and other shapewear are literally squeezing your organs. Your stomach, intestine and colon become compressed.

Your digestive tract is also affected.The intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when they're compressed over a long period of time, the flow of digestion is stifled. This damage, though not permanent, can lead to unpleasant symptoms like abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.

Another hallmark of shapewear? Shallow breath. When you inhale, your diaphragm expands and your abdomen flares out, but shapewear restricts this movement and decreases the excursion in respiration.
Kym’s Solutions:

  1. Avoid excessive wear of tight pants or clothing. If you prefer tighter clothes, choose styles that allow you to perform daily tasks with ease.
  2. USE THE KEVEL PERFECT FIT! – The Oppressive waistband. A case of mysteriously shrunken pants or the expansion of a belly can over-cinch to the point of pinch. Wear your pants with the confidence that a Kevel Perfect Fit has your back by holding up your front. By expanding your waistline and securing your zipper, Kevel Perfect Fit preserves you favorite pants when your body says go a size up.

On HEAVY PURSES/BACKPACKS - Another unhealthy fashion statement is the use of heavy purses, backpacks and handbags. Women and men tend to carry too many items in one bag, or briefcase, and are often not aware of the potential health risks associated with toting an excessive amount of stuff. Carrying a bag with detectable weight-more than 10 percent of your body weight-can cause improper balance. When hiked over one shoulder, it interferes with the natural movement of the upper and lower body. This results in the unnatural counterbalance movement of one shoulder and little control over the movements of the arms and legs. Even worse, the spine curves toward the shoulder.

Kym’s Solutions:

  1. Select a briefcase or purse with a wide adjustable strap. Ideally, the strap should be long enough to place over the head. This evenly distributes the bulk of the weight across the body.
  2. When carrying a bag, or briefcase, switch sides frequently to avoid placing the burden of the weight on one side of your body.
  3. Take the time to empty unnecessary items from your bag.
  4. With cute backpacks, wear them limited amounts of time.
  5. Shoulder purses, etc.
  6. Heavy purses can cause the spine to curve.

Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at Follow her @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.