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Wanna know why women complain about bra straps?
May 17, 2019
With a 20,000 sf building to clean out for sale, the prognosis of a badly torn rotator cuff was not something I wanted to hear. Being told that I needed surgery was worse.
So, I decided to do the only thing I could ... put it off for a few months until I could finish the building project. (After all, I’m self-employed. I can’t go home and 5:00 or take 3-weeks off for surgery and let someone else do the work. I am the someone else).
After reading reviews and comparing models, I purchased this brace in the hopes that it would help protect my shoulder through the constant lifting, carrying and tossing of broken furniture and metal scrap that I knew I’d continue to do.
Now, to be fair, I’ve never owned a shoulder brace before, so I have nothing to compare it to directly. (I’ve broken my back three times and had a brace for that, knee surgeries with braces, ankle surgery braces, etc., but no single shoulder type). I can appreciate that it’s a difficult design that immobilizes a single shoulder, but still ... this thing has achieved one thing for me: it has let me know, first hand, why women complain about bra straps rubbing and riding up!
The design has a strap that goes from the injured shoulder, down between your pectoral muscles, (between the moobs on us guys), and around to reconnect to the back of the shoulder.
It appears from the directions that it’s supposed to ride low on the opposite side, but the male human body has nothing protruding to keep it there. So, when you put it on and snug it up, it does it’s job for about 12-seconds, then the strap wads up and slides beneath your good armpit where it rubs skin cells away by the gazillions, until you end up with an leprosy-type lesion that would’ve gotten you stoned in the public square a thousand years ago.
Granted, I’d guess this is probably better designed than the competitive brands, which is the reason I purchased it. I’m not returning it. Instead, I’m using it while sitting still in my recliner at the end of a long day, (when I really don’t need to immobilize the shoulder anyway), but it does second as a nice ice-pack holder to bring the swelling down.
If you have the kind of life where you can afford to sit still for long periods, then this would likely work fine for you. If you move, however, prepare for the twisting ride-up.
There is one added benefit I’d forgotten to mention, however. The item has helped alleviate the pain in my right shoulder to a degree. Now, if I’m hurting too badly, I can simply grab my deodorant stick and apply it beneath my left arm where the giant rub mark is, which takes my mind totally away from the injured shoulder for 30-minutes or so. I guess that’s a plus.