Is it safe to wear a corset? If a well made corset is worn properly, it is perfectly safe. There are some issues that may arise with long term corset wear, which I will explain below.
Most importantly, corsets should NEVER cause pain, and you should never have trouble breathing in a corset. If you have any pain, or trouble breathing, immediatly remove your corset. You may experience some discomfort if you're new to corsets, but this is normal. A corset is very snug, and it will take some time to get used to it. Hence the discomfort. You will have to learn new ways to move, and comfortable new ways to sit, but you will get used to it if you enjoy your corset.
If you have recently had abdominal surgery, or if you have recently had a baby, please consult your doctor about wearing a corset. If you are ever worried for any other reason, please consult your doctor.
About the human body in a corset:
The human body is made to be fairly maliable, and especially the female body. Some people worry about what happens to the organs while wearing a corset. It's true, they move around. But they're made that way! Pregnancy displaces the organs even more than a corset does, and I can't count how many women have had healthy pregnancies, and healthy bodies afterwards. Not to mention how many women have safely worn corsets throughout history.
When it comes to the ribs, there are some corset misconceptions. When you put on a corset for the very first time, your ribs are only affected very slightly. We have three kinds of ribs in our bodies: Vertebrosternal, false ribs, and floating ribs. When you put on a corset for the first time, the only ribs that might move at all are the two floating ribs on each side, and only slightly. They will usually just move back into place when you take your corset off. This changes if you corset train. The floating ribs move every day, it's nothing to worry about if you wear your corset safely. When or if you begin training, those ribs may move more, and may be permanantly molded over time. The other ribs that come into play with extreme training and tightlacing are the false ribs. These ribs are only attached to the vertebrosternal ribs with cartilage, and can be molded over time with careful and proper training. To find out more about training, please see my training page.
Some potential problems with long term corset wearing or training include sores, decline in abdominal muscle health, and a smaller appetite. These symptoms are rare, and in most cases are not severe. Don't let that deter you from owning a corset, just do it safely!
1. If you are training, or wearing your corset daily, you may experience skin sores. This happens on areas where there is some friction, but it's fairly rare. Take care of your sores! Dedicated corset trainees are not likely to set the corset aside for a few days to let those sores heal, so if you can't do that, please take care of them, bandage them if necessary, and keep them clean. Do your research before training, and stay safe and healthy.
2. Also with training or daily wear, you may experience some loss of muscle strengthin the abdomen. This will only happen after many weeks or months of wearing your corset for at least 23 hours a day, every day. This is because your corset is doing the work your abs used to do before corsets. You won't be bending as much in the waist, and you won't be using those muscles as often. I recommend doing your research to stay healthy, and taking your corset off at least once a day for abdominal exercises. Don't forget your abs just because you're wearing a beautiful corset!
3. Decline in appetite happens any time you wear a corset. This is why many people wear a corset for weight loss. You will be able to eat, but not as much. Your organs have moved around, and are pressing on your stomach. It's normal, but this means your stomach doesn't have as much room for food. You will just have to consider smaller meals while wearing your corset. If you are training, consider having 6-8 small meals a day, with snacks, instead of three larger meals a day. Cutting down on portion size helps a lot, and is something many of us should do anyway. I don't know of any adverse affects of this particular issue, but again, do your reasearch.
I am not a doctor. I am sharing the information I have come across in my many years of corset research. Most people don't have any long term issues with wearing corsets, but we are all different. Please do your own research, and corset safely!
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