Can A Corset Cause Health Problems?
With the popularity of waist trainers on the rise and everyone from celebrities to stay-at-home moms trying them on for the sake of a slim and toned waist, doctors are starting to notice an unexpected consequence.
Doctors are warning that waist trainers can “strangle” organs, cause heartburn and indigestion, and create weakening of the spine.
But does training the waist with a traditional corset cause the same issues? Not in the least. Waist trainers are made of a band of stretchy material that doesn’t cinch the waist but instead squeezes the entire torso, like a large rubber band. This is where the issues lie.
A traditional steel-boned corset, on the other hand, is carefully constructed and fitted to the wearer so that it can smooth the silhouette without painfully squeezing the body. Our views of traditional corsetry is often warped by popular films, which show people being violently laced into their corsets and women being unable to breathe. However, this simply wasn’t popular and most women used corsets to allow their dresses to fit better and to offer some support to their bust.
If you want to achieve a slimmer waist permanently, you will have to use both diet and exercise to achieve your desired results. Even with a traditional corset, the changes you will see from the garment are only temporary and your waist will return to its natural size and shape when you stop wearing it.
That being said, there’s no reason you can’t indulge in a fun, traditional corset to help your clothes lie better. Look for a neutral corset in black, white or beige, or make things a bit more fun by getting a blue or pink corset to show off your personality. Just don’t expect it to work miracles and make sure it’s properly fitted so you don’t suffer any ill effects from the corset being too tight.