Dr Petcha

Why You Should Loosen Up

Ever experienced blurry vision, sudden headaches, or tingling around the ears while you are at work? Well, I have and I finally might have found the cause for this. It is that tie around your neck. Sounds bizarre I know, let me explain and I promise it will all make sense.  

Often synonymous with professionalism, neckties form a very important part of men’s formal wear. Whether it is an important office meeting or a formal dinner with colleagues, no formal attire ever seems to complete without it. While the tie itself is not a problem, tying it too tightly around your neck is and could lead to problems. Now, this does not mean that you will have to give up on your favorite ties but, understanding the problems with wearing tight ties could help you protect yourself. On that note, here are 3 ways in which neckties could give you serious problems.

1) Tight Neckties Could Reduce Brain Functioning

Neckties hurting the brain? Well, who would have thought? But it’s true. Tight neckties could be more problematic than you can imagine. Researchers at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Germany conducted a study in the year 2018. Thirty men from all spheres of life were chosen for this study. Half of them were allowed to wear open-collared shirts with loose ties and the other half of them wore collared shirts with extremely tight ties around their neck.  The MRI scans of both the groups were collected and the results were shocking. Men who wore tight ties around their necks reported 7.5% less blood flow in their brains when compared to the men who wore loose ties.

Even though there may not be any immediate implications, lack of adequate blood supply to the brain could seriously decrease brain functioning and lead to complications like memory loss, lack of alertness, or even strokes. Boy! You’ve got to loosen that tie.

2) Messes with eyesight

This might come as a shocker but, tight neckties were found to seriously trash the eyesight of some. According to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, men who wore tight ties around the neck were found to have higher intraocular pressure when compared to others. This happens because a tight necktie constricts the veins in the neck which in turn increases the blood pressure in the eyes. The rise in blood pressure could increase the risk of Glaucoma and Cataracts. You wouldn’t want it anywhere near you, would you? 

3) Can cause neck and shoulder pains:

Have you experienced sudden neck and shoulder pains that you could not explain? I know you have, especially in the office. Neck and shoulder pains are a huge cause of concern for working men. When you have to sit for long stretches of time, your shoulders and neck are put under a lot of stress. Tight neckties will only add to the stress. A group of Korean researchers published a study in 2011. In this study, they claimed that tight neckties limit the range of motion around your neck leading to increased muscle tension in your back, neck, and shoulders.


Now, does this mean that now you will have to risk looking unprofessional at meetings from now on? No, absolutely not. Nowadays, there are plenty of options to sport around your neck to give you that crisp gentleman look. Bow ties, continental ties, collar chains are a few choices on the list but, the best option would be the clip-on. Clip-on ties give you the same elegant look without the risk of being too tight around the neck. On the other hand, if you are someone who still loves a necktie, don’t worry, you just have to loosen up. When you are done tying your tie, put a finger in between the neck and the knot. If your finger fits in there easily then you are not at risk, your necktie isn’t too tight. But, if your finger does not fit between tie and neck, you need to loosen up.