In this series I have talked about my negative experiences with sports bra in relation to my life as a youth soccer player, D-1 college soccer player & personal trainer. In the previous post I shared the trials and tribulations that I have faced with a condition called Hypothyroidism and how it added to my hatred of sports bras.
In this post I discuss the greatest breakthrough in my life. My neuroscience education through a company called Z Health. Not only has it lead me to creating the best sports bra in the world it has changed my life for the better when it comes to my health and outlook on healing.
In early 2013 while attending a course through Z Health titled, “T Phase,” which stands for Therapy and Threat, I had the most profound epiphany of my life. By manipulating a scar from an old soccer injury (a compounded ulna and radius) I was able to release old range of motion in my body that I hadn’t experienced in years. I could all of a sudden do a full splits again, as well as, perform a very deep squat. Now you might be thinking this is voodoo-science. We manipulate a scar on my forearm and now I can do the splits. Well trust me that’s exactly what I was thinking at first too.
One thing I know for sure about myself is I am a seeker of knowledge. I love to ask questions and seek answers! With that being said as a trainer I took every cert under the sun. I started out receiving a mentorship at the most renowned performance center in the country Athletes Performance (EXOS) under Mark Verstegen. I became certified by NASM, NSCA, TRX, CHEK Institute, & CST to name a few.
It wasn’t until I came across Z health that I could start to put the pieces together. Although the full Z Health education cost is literally a hundred times what any of these certs cost, to me this education is priceless.
For the first time in my life I felt a sense of HOPE!
However over four 12 hour days of training I continued to play with strange and eye opening methods to improving my performance and healing my body, as well as, my classmates. I was utterly shocked and excited by not only my improvements but those of my classmates as well. For the first time I understood the profound potential to heal one’s body based off of not just addressing the area of discomfort or pain, but by breaking down the individual's unique experiences and history to detect in their special situation where their problems could be stemming from.
We explored different types pain such as visceral, neuropathic, somatic. In short my take away was that pain can come from a wide range of areas and always alters how we move. When we are in pain we are under threat. Which means we can go into a sympathetic nervous system response, know as a fight or flight.
Ever heard of the SAID Principle? It say’s “The body always adapts to exactly what it does.”
When we are in pain we can become inefficient and our movement can become compromised. Do it for long enough and we begin to wire the movement into our nervous system.
This brought to me the following conclusions with the pain I was experiencing from my ergonomically incorrect sports bras:
When I put my disadvantageous sports bra on my body it is the tension from the placement of the straps on my neck and shoulders that creates pain.
- When I start running it was the excessive bounce/force being created in my chest that added additional tension on the straps on my neck and shoulders.
- This increased pressure from the straps and excessive movement in my chest were creating pain by pulling & tearing on my breast tissue, as well as, on the muscles, ligaments and nerves in my neck, shoulders & chest.
- When I am in pain my movement and gait mechanics, as well as, breathing become compromised making me operate less efficiently.
- Less efficiency means my body has to work on overdrive.
- If I were to do this for long enough the pain and poor movement would become wired into my body and continually exhaust me faster than it should.
- Instead of focusing just on relieving the site of pain I needed to get down to the root of the problem. Which in this case for me was “THE SPORTS BRA.”
These conclusions are what lead to my exploration for a better solution. Without my neuroscience education I would not have been able to understand what was needed to improve sports bras from an ergonomic and bio-mechanical standpoint.
And so the development journey began!