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 skin elasticity, which impacts 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.
If you don’t have a purpose-made binder, use these tips to help you bind as safely as possible until you can one.
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.
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.
Effective Breathing and Exercises
These binder safety stretches are brought to you by Physiospot in Wellington.