Binding info

How to bind safely

Binding – or chest binding – is when a trans person wears a tight garment to flatten their chest.
There are health risks associated with binding, which can include damage to your chest, ribs, lungs, posture, nerves, and skin. Binding can also reduce the effectiveness of top surgery if you chose to have it at a later time.
Because of these risks, it is very important that you bind as safely as possible, and if you have any questions about binding, please get in touch.

Best practice

  • Proper binders
  • Sports bras
  • Layers of shirts
  • Neoprene waist trimmer over a singlet
  • Medical compression shirts
  • Breathable fabric is important
  • Remove it before you exercise
  • Remove it for sleeping
  • Wear it less than 8 hours a day
  • Practice our stretching exercises
  • If it hurts – stop


  • ACE compression bandages
  • Seran wrap
  • Lunch wrap
  • Duct tape
  • Other tape
  • Wearing it during exercise
  • Wearing it to bed
  • Wearing it for more than 8 hours a day
  • Becoming stiff across your chest and back (by not stretching)
  • Anything that hurts – binders are often a little uncomfortable but they shouldn’t cause pain

If you don’t have a purpose-made binder, you can see out tips on other safe ways to bind here

Effective Breathing and Exercises

These binder safety stretches are brought to you by Physiospot in Wellington.