I suppose no one reading this article would be unfamiliar with what SPANX are. Even if you don’t know what they are or what they do, you probably have at least heard the brand name mentioned before.
SPANX defines a category of innerwear for women (and men) that’s otherwise referred to as compression-wear or shapewear. While SPANX is the world’s dominating brand of shapewear, there are a whole host of brands offering products for men and women.
Well over the last week or so, I’ve been seeing a bunch of (negative) buzz about the possibility that products like SPANX could be crushing your insides.
Here’s a good bit from Huffington Post that summarizes some of the current concerns coming from the medical community about shapewear.
They say the draw-backs of wearing shapewear include:
- Worsening of acid reflux and heartburn
- Provoking erosive esophagitis
- Stifling the flow of digestion
- Abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas
- Shallow breath
- Compression of your bowels
- Tingling, numbness and pain in your legs
- Muscles suffer if you rely on shapewear for good posture
- Cause infections like folliculitis
Is Shapewear Ok To Wear?
In a nutshell — yes — in moderation. In other words, I don’t think anyone would recommend wearing shapewear everyday, all day.
That is of course, unless there’s a medical reason to do so. Like if you’re recovering from some surgery that requires the use of compression-wear to aid in the healing process.
While I don’t wear my compression garments every day, I do love wearing my Equmen, Underworks, or SPANX undershirts on occasion when I go out at night and want to look a bit more svelte in my clothing. Actually, I do always wear a wicking compression shirt to the gym as my base layer.
My advice? Keep wearing your shapewear as needed, but do it in moderation and be cognizant of any of the potential symptoms above.
Just be safe and not stupid about it.
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