GENERAL HEALTH MATTERS AND CORSETING?
Please realize that neither Sheri nor Ann is a medical experts nor
medically trained. Therefore, we cannot render a medical
opinion, or make medical claims regarding corsets.
However, we can speak from common sense,
common knowledge, general research, consultations with our
medical experts and doctors,
and our personal experience. We can let our clients tell their own stories
about relief they have experienced from various
health conditions and challenges, both permanent and
Q. I've heard that Victorian women damaged themselves
and re-arranged their spine and ribs by corseting. Is
A. Perhaps, but consider research reported
in November, 2015.
Forbes.com reported in November, 2015 on research to
the contrary. "Some women lived long and healthy lives,
counters anthropologist Rebecca Gibson of American
University, whose latest research on corsets and their
effect on the skeleton has been published in NEXUS:
The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology.
The view of corseting as having created short and
painful lives is anachronistic, she says, as
many of these women lived much longer than average
for the time."
Regarding the eons-old "Corset Question" of doesn't a corset
hurt or cause damage?, almost anything can possibly risk our healt
or "cause damage" concerning certain medical conditions,
extreme wear, but witness what a retired physician
told us on December 10, 2015:
"If folks give the corset a chance and learn to
relax in it, and take it slowly for the adjustment (down)
they will learn to love it as much as I do.
When I wake up in the morning after sleeping in my corset
I am in such a state
of comfort that I hardly feel it on me."
Dr. Milt Simmons
and in 2014:
"You are a very sharp and intelligent woman to
run a business like this with an extensive organization.
you changed your field of interest in your earlier life from law (
which in itself takes dedication) to this. I would like
to mention that I saw you on television over twenty years
ago on some newscast program relating the values of
You impressed me a great deal at that time as I never
heard or saw anyone with such conviction on this subject.
I am very pro the garment for many reasons. This includes
(possible benefits) to the lung springs in sleep
apnea, emphysemia, muscle degeneration, bone abnormalities,
kyphosis, scoliiosis, nerve constrictions reductions - and
the list goes on and on." (See Question/Answer no. 4
A client who ordered a corset to help with a back
problem also wrote in early April:
"The new corset by Jill arrived a few weeks ago, and I
have been wearing it daily. The lacing closes
comfortably to about 1/2 inch at the middle and 1
inch at the top and bottom edges. Wearing it from
bedtime to early afternoon eliminates most of the
pain in the glutes and in the pectineus area."
Another hernia client (we saw pictures of a substantial
inquinal hernia as it seemed) wrote:
"Last spring I lost interest in wearing a
corset to lose weight. I gained back most of the
weight I had lost when I stopped wearing foundation
garments. I look like hell and fell like hell!
I put my corset on for the first time last week
and have I have started to break it in. This
was the first time in my life to be laced into a corset.
It is more comfortable to wear than I was expecting.
The workmanship on my corset is excellent.
The hernia supports are excellent and 100% effective
controlling my hernia. The back support is fabulous
and has stopped most of my back pain. It has reduces
my waist size by several inches and my pants fit very
loosely. After it is broken in, I plan to wear it on a
regular basis for 8 or more hours a day to see how
effective it is helping me to control my weight. If it
helps me lose weight I will continue wearing my corset."
John W. (12/10/13)
Certainly a custom corset would fit better under clothing and be more
comfy than a bulky medical corset. I know, since I wore
an inflexible, thick and hot
medical corset over my lifetime from age 22 on
from time to time for back spasms; now I
wear a lovely custom corset to prevent spasms and to relieve
excess back muscular tiredness for a few days before
going back to my physical therapy/exercise program to
keep my back strong and flexible.
Since I am not a doctor, I cannot truly answer your
question. I strongly suggest that you discuss your
interest in corsetry with your physician. My educated
guess is that he or she might approve you wearing a
corset in a moderate way.
Please also realize that some physicians prefer to keep
health-related information and supplies remotely
"medical" inside the medical establishment. Furthermore,
sometimes physicians don't have modern info on how well
modern day corsetry fits and how comfortable a corset
can feel, thus they may disapprove.
But what about milder cases of scoliosis?
Many individuals have up to a 1/2" difference in the measurement
side of the body to the other. To adjust the corset pattern
to that or less curvature, may result in exacerbating the
curvature and torquing the corset, seen right in a denim
corset and in a corset muslin. It is only perhaps, when your
spine curvature exceeds
1/2" that you should measure and report your body in two
halves. Print our
measurement form and write at top of one:
"from my eyes looking outward, right side" and
on the other form write: "from my eyes
looking outward left side." That way we can be certain
which side of the body is which when your corset is
With full information, your chosen corsetiere will decide if she
needs to pattern each side separately for you. Still,
we cannot guarantee a corset won't torque a bit. You can
always pull the corset in the opposite direction to
straighten it up as best you can.
In the end, it could be that only trying a corset will
give you the facts that you need to decide if these
will work for you or not. It may require some risk via
investment of funds for a real-life
trial, but I would guess that you as have I,
occasionally spent money on things that just don't
work out, despite you having every confidence that
they will. I certainly don't want to discourage you as I
truly believe these garments are magical and wonderful
for almost everybody! I do however, want to be cautious
on your behalf.
Q.2. Should I worry about losing my back strength? I've
been told that sleeping in a corset might do that.
A. Not really, unless you are going to do what is known
as "lifestyle corseting" 24/7.
In that case yes, you
will most likely lose muscle tone and at some point be
unable to go without your corset because of back
tenderness or pain.
This is why we support never waist
training or wearing a corset more than six days per week,
using the seventh day to test your back strength, noting
any soreness developing. It's for that reason that we
also strongly support both daily back strengthening and
back flexing exercises that we explain in our Corset
Magic book, or which you may get from a qualified
Q.3 I've heard that a corset can help with back
soreness and pain. Is that true?
A. A corset basically serves the same function as a
medical brace to reduce back soreness and spasm, or
prevent back strain or injury.
It may be appropriate for
some conditions, but not appropriate for other back
I suffered for 40 years from age 21 until some years ago,
from occasional disabling back
spasms that would put me down for months on end. There was
never any disc involvement or actual injury revealed on
any X Ray, but some arthritic showing up as I aged. I used
to reach for a heavy white cotton-with-buckles and
rigid medical brace or corset
1/2"-wide steel boning whenever that
happened, and unhappily wore it until the spasm passed. I say
"unhappily" because it never fit underneath my clothing
and was quite common in appearance, drawing attention to my
problem. Some years later I discovered thick rubber
waist supports closed with Velcro. I hated them
both. The white one was so stiff as to force me to remain
upright or prone in bed! Then I discovered custom
corsets in 1989 -- and promptly threw out the medical
versions and never looked "back"--so to speak!
Perhaps the most amazing example of corsets providing
relieve from back discomfort and pain, is that provided
by a lady, seen left, who attended merely to observe the corset muslin
fitting for her friend's overbust corset. Before they
left, I tried an elegant silk underbust corset on the
observer, whom I learned was forced to quit her former
career as a masseuse because of several terrible car
accidents that had seriously damaged her neck and back.
The corset she tried on was designed by our senior
Sitting primly corseted on the couch for a few minutes,
my client and I noticed his friend with her face in her
hands, softly weeping. I was stunned and initially
alarmed, thinking that in error I had laced her too tightly
which is never my practice. I was enormously relieved
and pleased when, after a few moments she lifted her
face and seemed to radiate pure joy:
"For the first time in years, my
back feels so wonderful and I am pain-free!" she
exclaimed. It was truly a magical moment for all of us,
as it well may be for you and your ailing back. And yes,
she ordered a corset by Sheri!
Yet another client, Cherie, ordered a corset by
a former corsetiere, because the client
fractured her spine and had a couple of compressed discs.
She was resolved to wearing a medical back brace
alternating with a "Squeem," a rubberized and lightly-
boned support garment, when she found us. Here is what
she said a few days after receiving her corset:
just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my
Victorian Under bust Corset by Jill Hoverman. The
workmanship is excellent and the fit is perfect. My mom
came over to look at the finished product, and she gushed
with pride and said we (she) did an excellent job with
the measurements. This corset is so perfect it looks as
if I was born with it. When I put it on I feel beautiful,
fractured spine and all. I am no longer in pain, and
the corset is much cooler than my ugly back brace. Beautiful work for a busy young mom. Once
again I thank you. I'll be saving up as I would like to
have the same corset done up in red satin as well navy
blue. Corset hugs right back at ya:)."
Nothing can make me happier than hearing similar
stories over the years, such as Chris' story in 2000.
Here it is in his own words:
"I am so pleased with
(my new corset), it is impossible to find words that
describe how it feels to now be able to do things that
I wasn't supposed to do any more in my life! I've had
people come up to me and say, 'I thought you broke your
back? What are you doing on the track riding?' They
can't believe I am back riding again, or working out or
shoeing horses. I've been wearing the corset you made
for me quite regularly and it is doing well. I haven't
had a pain pill of any kind since I've been wearing it.
Had a good ride today and feel fine--no back problems at
all. The corset also makes you sit up straight and in a
more balanced riding position. Therefore, the horse
seems happier and responds more quickly. Thanks for
making my life easier. If you ever need a reference as
to what a corset will do, feel free to have customers
contact me at my email address: WCRMRR2@aol.com I will
be glad to help anyone get back to living and enjoying
life again. After all, it's not how long you live, it's
the challenges you face while you're here! Thank you for
helping me." Chris Rule (2/13/00)
You may read additional related comments below:
- "I love my new corset! While I was
ordering the corset to address my post-baby lower tummy,
I found out that when wearing it, my back doesn't hurt
anymore, I don't have the huge knots in my shoulders,
and I haven't had one single migraine caused by my neck!
It all started in 2002 when I was 21 with a five-car
pileup where I took over 13 impacts. We all walked away,
but a month later I started having severe migraines and
back pain for days on end. For several months I lost
most of the use of my left arm. Until recently my back
hurt every single day. But doctors found no nerve or
bone damage; my problem was all muscular. When I got in
my car (while wearing my corset), I actually had to
adjust all of my mirrors again because with my back all
straightened out, I am taller. Now I feel so much better
both mentally and physically. I haven't felt this great
since before the car accident. I shall certainly be
hooked for life. Thanks." -- Angela (5/4/09)
- "I do love my corset. Makes my back feel better
when I wear it." Lea (9/18/08)
- "You're right, it was good news when I received
my men's stays. Have been breaking it in and it
feels very good. It has adjusted to fit very
comfortably. Good back support and noticeably
improved posture when I'm wearing it. Thanks for this
design since it is much better than the one with the
low back. If and when I get accustomed to wearing this
I probably will be in the market for a slightly modified
version, maybe one for tighter lacing and more waist
reduction?? Again, thanks for a good product."
- "I have started to wear my new corset daily for
the two to three hours as you recommend during the
seasoning process. I am very comfortable in it and it is
a welcome addition to my day since it really takes much
of the ache from my back. Thanks again." Emma (7/08)
- "It may seem counter-intuitive that a tight
garment is comfortable. After two thoracic surgeries my
already weak back was constantly in pain, even with
strong medications. I couldn't sleep, which only
aggravated the condition and I was desperate to escape
this deprivation and pain cycle. When I realized that
compression and support could possibly reduce or
eliminate my pain, and finally got up the courage to
arrange a corset fitting with you, I was greatly
relieved. I immediately saw and felt that only a real
corset could provide the support that I needed. You
made the whole process so easy. When the corset I chose
made by your corsetiere, Sheri. finally arrived, I was
elated! The support I felt for my back and chest wall
was fantastic! I was tempted to bypass the break-in
period you recommend, because it immediately fit like
a glove, but I followed your detailed instructions to
protect my corset and accommodate my body to
restriction. It has been nearly three years since I
received my treasure, and it still fits like a glove
and is comfortable enough to sleep in all night, now
fully laced down and closed in back. My many 4-6 hour
once-per-week car commutes were only possible with the
aid and support of my corset. It is even clandestine
enough to wear under a golf shirt. I can't emphasize
enough the benefit that can be gained through proper
support of a well-fitting corset! I encourage your
prospective clients, both male and female, that have
back or chest wall pain, to invest in a custom corset.
It will be the one of best, if not the best, investments
they will ever make. Thanks." Brian (7/14/08)
- "A few months ago I was in a car accident and my
physical therapist prescribed a medical corset for me
for back support. After wearing it for about a month I
found that it really helped my back and I liked the way
that it narrowed my waist. The problem is that it is
bulky under my clothes. I had purchased a Victorian
corset from you a few years back but hadn't worn it in a
long time I decided to try wearing it again and also
found that it did also give some relief to my back the
problem is attempting to lace it up myself. Recently I
visited my therapist dressed in a suit which is my
proper work attire and she agreed that the corset looked
to bulky under my clothes suggesting that I try to find
something more appropriate. Is there a corset you can
suggest that I can possibly lace myself yet will provide
the necessary back support I need. I am open to all
suggestions. Thank you in advance."Loren (1/8/08)
Q.4. What do physicians say about wearing corsets to
relieve back pain?
A. Some personally find corsets helpful with various
back conditions, and some who do not corset, are still
supportive of the use of corsets to relieve certain
Witness what one correspondent, M. Simmons M.D., said about his condition
of Ankylosis Spondylitis.
"I am a male physician (quoted above) who has worn corsets for over
45 years, medical-surgical ones in my early years of
practice, but I found a wonderful corsetiere who has made
me two wonderful corsets which control my back problem
of Anklyosing Spondlysis for the last six years.
Ankylosis means limitation of movement. In the chest
region it is classified as a reduction in
chest expansion of 2.5 cm. (1 inch) in its later
stages, and in the lower spine, a decrease range of spinal
mobility. The condition can affect multiple sites
in the spinal column. Thankfully mine is in the lower
spinal column. Regarding spondylitis, the term "itis"
refers to inflammation. In this particular case it
refers to the sacral and lower lumbar areas.
In other words inflammation sets up followed in time
by a limitation of movement. Of course there are
structural changes of the vertebrae on x-ray, but even
more evaluation can be seen with the MRI. The condition
is also associated with other disease conditions and
sometimes has a specific antigen that can be tested
for. Considered now to be seen equally in men and
women, but more so in Caucasians then other racial
"Treatment for me with the use of the corset permits
me to relax my lower spine for a limited period of time
which reduces the pain. I do not use any pain
medications or anti-inflammatory meds. I only use a 161
mgs. of Aspirin for cardiac protection. After a
relaxation period in the corset which includes all
types of exercise without formulating irritation in
the sacral iliac area, I can then remove the corset
and allow movement in the affected region in some degree
of comfort. In other words I do not want to keep the
area completely immobilized all the time as a certain
amount of activity is important to allow and maintain a
further range of motion.
My biggest problem is as you know that I hate taking the
corset off as it feels so wonderful to me. After a
period of time it doesn't feel like I'm even wearing
Q.6. What conditions should cause me to hesitate about
wearing corsets or waist training?
A. Conditions should cause you to pause and discuss the matter thoroughly
with your doctor, if they are related to high blood pressure,
heart problems (such as pericarditis and cardiactampanode),
ankle swelling, hernia (even repaired hernias), GERD (acid
reflux) disease, serious chronic constipation, claustrophobia, and certain skin sensitivities
such as hives and excema.
We cannot manage in this short space nor based on our limited
medical training to give details regarding the
above, but suffice it to say that pressure placed
on the midriff
by corseting, lacing down of any kind (think tight belt),
waist training, can become highly risky, exacerbate prior
conditions, and possibly,
even become lethal.
Q.7. Can or do corsets cause miscarriages?
A. As pointed out to me by a physician consultant,
although it is or may be possible, if corsets really
caused this result, it is highly likely that vast
numbers of women seeking to terminate pregnancies
intentionally, would buy corsets for that very purpose,
and that simply is not the case.
Furthermore please consider the known fact that there
pregnancy corsets advertised in Victorian times and many
upper income women who laced very tightly in corsets in
the 1880s until about 1905, had large numbers of
children. In addition, you will easily find on the Internet, images of pregnancy
corsets worn during Victorian times.
Q.8. I am a dialysis patient on peritoneal dialysis.
I am filled at all times with somewhere between 1500 ml
and 2 liters of fluid. I don't know how that will
affect corseting, and I'm afraid to ask the nurses at
my PD clinic.
A. First let me encourage you to be honest and up-front
with your medical support team, and seek an accurate
answer as to whether and how you could safety wear a
custom corset for fashion purposes.
Whether you could corset and waist train requires sound
medical advice. I am firmly committed to your health and
that of my clients as well as myself. I also suggest you
raise with your medical professionals two very moderate
steps you possibly could take to gently and reasonably
test out how you might respond to corseting, without
engaging in independently risky behavior.
The first is to purchase a wide plastic or leather belt
(about 3" or so) perhaps a used belt you might find at
Good Will. Cinch that down
1" from you normal snug waistline, and see what results
after you wear it for a few minutes up to an hour. If
there is no harm, then wear it the next day for two
hours and the next day for three hours. Then cinch down
one more grommet or 2," and go back to wearing it two
hours and build up. Note any untoward effects and
immediately take the belt off if you experience
discomfort. The second is to purchase a lightweight
body briefer (like the Spanx brand), or even two of
same, and wear those in the same manner to see what
results. Even wearing a girdle might be informative.
Of course, the best test for you is to be able to try
on a fine corset that is near to your measurements,
then lace gently down 1-2" and stay corseted for a few
minutes to see the results, building up to more minutes,
then some hours.
I have one repeat corset client who has a colostomy,
and he successfully and with no harm, wears his corset
by our corsetiere Sheri,
perhaps the most comfy corset maker on our team.
He adores his corsets, starts lacing gradually as
described above, and does not report any problems.
Regarding construction and hygiene matters, we provided
him with two front protectors to go beneath the front
laces so he could launder them first if soiled. Microfiber
camis or tube tops worn
beneath his corset and laundered first, also helped. His corset is
made out of cotton so it, too, is hand washable
(with care per our instructions). You like him, may
order your corset closed back with convenient front
lacing to be able to adjust your equipment.
As for waist training, that is a question which puts the
horse before the cart. You must first resolve the above
questions, then understand that based upon my research
with generally healthy students and excluding those
undergoing dialysis, usually I recommend they start
wearing their waist training corset only two hours per
day. working up to as long as they can tolerate or
10-14 hours per day, then dropping back to two hours per
day and lacing down 1/4" to 1/2" more and building up hours,
and continuing. Some need longer hours of wear,
some tighter and faster lacing down to see results.
I do not teach lifestyle waist training which is
normally understood to require corset wear 24/7
and perhaps ends with rather extreme lacing down of
9-10." I take a much more moderate approach to waist
training and corseting. What will or may work for you
remains to be seen and truly there is no set answer.
You would have to pay close attention to your body as
to comfort or problems developing, and there can be no
guarantee that you might have to terminate training at
some point, or even terminate corseting itself.
Q.9. I've been noticing some
slight discomfort in my central back after about twenty
minutes. I don't blame the corset. This is the fruit of
twenty-some-odd years of poor posture, the same thing
my doctor has complained about. I know that the corset
is correcting this, and that my back is protesting. In
the mean time, have you any advice which might make
this more comfortable?
A. Wearing a form-fitting garment is an entirely
different experience from wearing today's loosely-
fitting fashions. More than likely your body is telling
you to loosen up the corset right now, and/or wear it less
hours at a time, and gently build up hours before you lace
down by another 1/2".
To provide more comfort, wear your boned back protector
under the back corset laces to pad and protect your back. You should also be wearing a very tight CorPro tube top not only to wick body perspiration away from your valuable corset, but to smooth out the skin. Once you have laced halfway down, reach under one arm with the opposite hand and pull the flesh forward to the center front of your body. Then do the reverse. This smoothes out unnecessary skin wrinkling that can tweak as you wear your corset.
Finally, about every 15 minutes be sure you stand up and
stretch, or do what we call the "lean-pull" technique" seen
here. Lean to one side, grasp the opposite bottom side of
the corset and gently stretch your ribs while you hold
it steady. Reverse the process. This results in
lengthening the spine providing space for the corset to
re-seat itself properly at the waistline. It also
improves your posture. If discomfort ever begins
to reach the level of pain, take your corset off or
loosen it considerably. We do not recommend testing
either your limits or the corset's limits via pain when
you are both "corset newbie's!"
Q.10 I observe skin itching when I take off my corset
after a day's wear, and note reddish marks and moisture
where my skin has wrinkled. What can I do?
A. We recommend you wear a tight microfiber
cami or tube top under your corset.
Before lacing down tightly, reach under the corset top
to the side front of your body, and gently move flesh
toward the center of your body, then reverse, and
continue to lace down.
This process removes excess wrinkling that traps
moisture and might also trap or pinch small nerves as y
ou lace down.
Regarding itching, this is a commonly-noted result of
many hours of compression of the skin through corset wear. Never scratch the skin when you remove
your corset or you may break it and prohibit corseting or
cause rough skin after healing. Rub itchy spots with the flat
of your hand in a circular motion, and apply lotion. Take
a lukewarm shower, never a hot one since heat irritates
Q.11. What condition is the skin in after wearing a
corset for long periods of time tightly-laced?
A. Basically, the skin becomes sensitized,
over time, and readily broken if you scratch it. It will
generally recover if you air it out and gently massage it
to improve blood circulation.
You will note skin wrinkling after routine corset-wearing,and may note some itching
around your waist, especially after you remove the corset.
This will generally return to normal within an hour or so
after removing the corset. You may note temporary reddening or
even bruising, the latter which
indicates improper wearing and that you should back
off in either tightness or length of wear, or both.
For lifestyle corseters wearing corsets 24.7, there
can be serious skin breakdown (decubitus) where the
only remedy is ceasing to corset for some time. It's far
better to avoid these problems in the first place
because after they occur, the skin becomes extra
sensitive and thin. Some use talcum powder under a
protector tube top beneath the corset, while others
don't like it
because they find it irritating, much like sand.
Using lotion after you corset can be soothing. Udder
Cream or a cream containing Vaseline (I found a lovely
one in a yellow tube at the Dollar Store) has been
recommended. Note that dry climates can also dry out and irritate
the skin where it becomes even more important to
minimize skin wrinkling and maximize moisture. Wearing our
tight CorPro, a contoured tube top, will wick
perspiration away from the body, as will wearing a
Q.12. I have fibromyalgia. Can I wear corsets?
A. I wish I had an easy answer to that, just like
doctors wish they had an easy cure. Perhaps a small test
might be in order before you invest.
I'm sure you already
know enough about this condition, but the Mayo Clinic
website defines it as: "a chronic condition
characterized by widespread pain in your muscles,
ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple
tender points -- places on your body where slight
pressure causes pain." Although I don't suffer from
this, I discussed the matter with a good friend who
does, yet who wore a silver satin overbust corset and
skirt for her wedding--but not tightly. I think she
rarely wears it these days.
She told me that each
person is different in terms of how the condition is
experienced, and that she would not wear uncomfortable
clothing during an episode. Since she is not a corset
enthusiast per se, she has never tried her lovely
overbust corset while feeling discomfort or pain.
What constitutes "comfort" also is an individual matter.
Could be that you would feel great support for your
muscles from the steel boning and be able to relax more,
or it could be the opposite situation.
conclude from the above that corseting is definitely not
for you, I would suggest that you might want to try a
steel-boned corset on when feeling good and when not,
but not lace it tightly. Remember: you are in charge of
how tightly you lace down. But remember that when the
corset is made custom to a full set of your own
measurements, it will contour and skim over your body
and likely fit much better than any readymade or
standardized pattern of what we like to call "wannabe"
corsets on the market! Barring the opportunity to try a
real corset on as a sample, you must judge the risk or
reward if you decide to purchase a corset (but we have
some very inexpensive quality custom corsets to offer
you), as my friend does have days when the pain is
intense but that is not every day. If your pain is
periodic or episodic, then I suspect you can wear your
corset on the days you feel well. After all, I don't
wear my corset 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and don't
on most days
cinch down 4 or more inches! I choose those days I
want the support and those days I don't, I lace down
moderately, and dress accordingly.
Q.13. I've been wearing my Training Belt a bit too long
and likely created a sore rib on one side. Can you give
me more advice about that?
A. I am sorry to hear about that sore rib that could
result from wearing a stiff new belt for too long or too
tightly at first, or ordering it
to be too wide for the distance between your pelvic bone
and lowest floating ribs.
There is no strict standard;
listen to your body first of all and back off if need be.
Most of us are not precisely equal side-of-body to
side-of-body. It could be that your belt is pressing a
bit more on one side of your ribs because of that. You
might try placing a piece of thin cotton, bubble wrap,
or 1/4" foam rubber over that sore rib when you next
wear the belt, or even a corset, as I have done over a
sore pelvic bone. Of course as you are doing, wait to
belt or corset until your rib is not sore, then don't
buckle or lace so tightly. For a corset, you can open
up the top edge in back more than the waist and bottom
edge when you lace down to the day's desired wearing
level. Those steps should help.
Q.14. What if any effect does the corset have on
piercings that are under the corset? Do they become
sore, or does the body reject them, etc.?
A. We have not heard of any such result.
However, your piercing should be completely healed
Q.15. I've been waist training for around two months
and I have been wearing custom measured, high quality
corsets in the underbust hourglass shape. If I lace even
remotely tightly, however, within ten minutes, the nerve
around my hip bone goes numb and begins to sting, and I
must unlace at once, and since I have noticed this, I
have stopped lacing, even moderately. I noticed last
night when I was sleeping, of course without the
corset, I was lying on my side and I
experienced the same painful sting. I also notice that
even when I tighten the upper edge of my corset, I find
this is irritating. Do I have to stop
wearing the corset altogether? Did I measure
I am 19 years old and
just started wearing corsets a month ago, off and on. I
want to start wearing them full time but I have a problem.
After I am in a readymade corset for about 4 hours,
my left hip area starts to go numb. The leg never does,
but the lower area of the hip does and it hurts a bit.
I do not know if this is normal or what I can do to
A. You are asking a critical question
and taking the
right course to remove the corset until answers are
However, I must urge you to return to your corsetiere and
pursue information there, since that person knows the
construction techniques, findings, patterning, precise style
and measurements used in your particular corset.
It is obvious that the corset has pressed down on
the anterior femoral nerve running
over the pelvic bone, reduced the blood circulation and
supply and led to numbness. Since this continues even when
you are out of the corset, you must not wear your corset
until this condition completely clears up, then re-corset
cautiously, testing out some possible solutions. I also
suggest you contact your physician. This condition is
not a healthy one and
certainly must not be tolerated for more than some
minutes, once the condition is noticed.
I suspect that the corset even if hourglass in silhouette,
was not patterned sufficiently far enough out over your
pelvic bone to avoid it pressing down on and impeding
the nerve and its blood supply. Possibly you
think you have purchased an hourglass corset when you
have purchased more of a
U-shaped or stem corset, for example. As you lace down,
the bottom edge of a U-shaped or stem corset will or may
dig into the
pelvic bone area even more than an hourglass silhouette.
I have no idea about how tightening the top of your
corset could irritate the nerve unless of course,
that also tightens up the waist and bottom at the
same time. Also, since one hip is involved, you might
have a wee
bit of scoliosis or difference in one side of your body to
another, or even be walking a bit off balance.
There can be other reasons as well.
When the problem completely disappears and you feel safe to re-corset, some possible general
solutions might be:
-- to open up the bottom wider than the waist and top,
-- to add a 1/4" thick foam rubber piece covering each
hip bone (about 2" x 4" should do),
-- to divide your lacing
cord into three sets. Tighten the waist set more than the
top and bottom sets.
Q.16. I have been a waist trainee for eight months
now and have been wearing my corset almost everyday
with a corset liner. A few months ago the skin located
on my hip bones have turned a dark color. Two dark
circles on the skin over my hip bones. My corset does
rub on that area a lot. However, when I wear my corset
I wear a liner (a simple tank top) that covers those
areas. I just want to know what is causing this. Can
you help me out? I am in no pain and it doesn't bother
me, but I just want to know why.
A. I've not heard of it before, but it sounds like
bruising or incipient bruising.
If your corset presses
down too tightly over the anterior femoral nerve that
runs over the pelvic bone sidefront of the body as discussed
blood rushes away and skin can necrose eventually
(die), but that is a rare risk to be sure! I would
always always recommend taking your corset off for a
few days or week until the color disappears. If color is
still there after a week then wait another week to see
what happens. You then can start again and lace the
bottom part of the corset below the waistline,
looser to relieve pressure on the hip bone. This discoloration
might also be caused because you have a U-shaped corset
or one not sufficiently patterned to go out over the hip
bone in a hourglass shape. See
this page for graphic of various silhouettes that
corsets create when worn.
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