The practice of using a corset has found its way into and out of fashion throughout the course of world history. Though the corset has practical uses, and can be beneficial to the wearer, individuals who wear corsets improperly can cause physical damage to the body, especially they wear it incorrectly for an extended period of time.
Construction of the Corset
Corset construction determines what problems the wearer can expect when wearing one. Thriftier corsets will not affect the body as much as sturdier corsets will. The usual construction materials will bend easily with the body. The sturdier corset, like one created of leather material and steel boning, will hold its shape better, thus forcing the body to stick to the restriction the corset forces.
Positive Effects of the Corset on the Body
Corseting the body, if executed properly, can improve a person's posture. Slowly adjusting the corset to modestly taper in the midsection, specifically the abdominal region, will force the body to use other muscles to maintain proper posture.
Corseting can also help you lose weight. The slight pressure of the properly laced corset pushes on the stomach area, which reduces the stomach size of the wearer. This pressure can deny the corset wearer the ability to consume large quantities of food.
Negative Effects of the Corset on the Body
If used improperly for an extended period of time, corseting can affect your internal organs negatively. Pressure from the corset against your ribs and lungs may cause breathing problems. Tightening your waist to an extremely small proportion can push your intestines downward, putting extreme pressure on your pelvic bone and reproductive organs. In some cases, the weight crushed the pelvic bone, making childbirth difficult.
Lasting Effects of the Corset
The negative effects of the corset usually only happen to the dedicated corset wearer. You are more likely safe to wear a corset, provided you do not wear it all day, every day. The body is very resilient and, if not subjected to severe trauma, will usually find its way back to its original, pre-corset shape on its own, barring the few pounds you shed along the way.
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