The design of clothing and jewelry, like shoes, is driven by the
Consumers persona l taste and is not always considerate of what is best
for the health of the body.
• Tight collars and ties can induce trigger points in the neck muscles
or can reduce blood flow to the brain especially in people who have
• Knee high stockings or socks with elastic bands can perpetuate
trigger points in the calf and leg muscles. It can also cause varicose
• A heavy coat, the shoulder strap of a purse or the strap of the bra
can activate upper trapezius trigger points.
• Heavy necklaces can pull the head and neck forward placing undue
stress on the posterior cervical muscles.
• Gripping the mouth piece of a pipe or a cigarette longer between the
teeth or wearing a ill fitting denture can activate trigger point in the
muscles of the jaw.
• Walking with the cane that is too long or short can activate tigger
points in the upper shoulder area.
• A wallet worn in a back trouser pocket can irritate buttock muscles
and piriformis and can cause back pocket sciatica.
• The chronic use of a back brace can weaken spinal support muscles.
• The use of a heavy back-pack, purse or luggage strap can strain the
trapizeus and anterior shoulder muscles.
• Pressure on rib cage from a tight bra can activate trigger points on
the muscles in the front of the chest.
• Many devices which have been designed to help carry the infant
child offer their own assortments of postural strains, including
forward head posture, occlusion of upper trapezius by strapping
mechanisms or the strain of carrying the weight by one arm.