Valle Inclan said that the tie was “the noose of the most horrible bondage.” Although for many people this accessory has been considered a symbol of elegance, there have also been many others that have been revealed against its use. To date, the reasons for this rebellion have been aesthetic, social and cultural, but it seems that there are also reasons to do so for reasons related to health.
A study conducted by the Schleswig-Holstein hospital in Germany has found that wearing ties with a tight knot can reduce blood flow to the brain. To reach this conclusion, they conducted an experiment with healthy males, half of whom asked them to wear ties, and the rest did not. Then, by means of magnetic resonances they found that the members of the first group received 7.5% less blood in the brain.
The percentage is not large enough to cause long-term brain problems, but it can affect momentary cognitive function. In any case, this is not the first study that reveals possible health risks derived from the use of the tie.
In 2003, another investigation by The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York, revealed that wearing tight ties increased the pressure in the eyeballs, which is one of the main causes of glaucoma. The study authors concluded that prolonged use over time could increase the risk of vision problems.