When I messed up my back or ribs from binding this is what I would do to fix it. (I’m not going to mention safe binding practices, I hope you all know those by now):
1. Stop wearing your binder. Try to take a break for at least 24 hours if possible. For me, not binding meant not leaving my room. Sometimes you just can’t take a break for a full day, but have your binder off for every second you possibly can.
2. Stretch! Do some yoga, or some other back stretches. Google it, you’ll find a million results.
3. Lay down. Seriously, do it. And stay there. Stop sitting in your computer chair with that horrible posture, it’s going to make things worse. Combine this with the next step and you’ll feel great…
4. HEAT. Heating pads are your best friend. Go buy one right now, they’re between $15-$30. I used to sleep on one overnight when the pain got really bad or if I had a day of excessively long binding. Also, take a hot bath or shower before bed.
5. Sleep flat on your back. Most of the healing and repair to your back will happen at night. A good night of properly positioned sleep and a heating pad may be all you need to be pain free the next day. If the pain is so bad you can’t relax your back muscles enough to lay flat, or it hurts when you lay on your back (I had this problem a lot), put a small pillow or towel under your lower back. You can also prop your feet up, it might make you more comfortable, but it’s not necessary. If you really can’t sleep on your back, sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees and your back extended (not rounded) so your spine will be aligned properly. Don’t sleep on your stomach or in the fetal position, it will make things worse. Make sure your neck is properly supported and try to avoid having your head turned to one side all night. If your neck hurts, your back will hurt too.
If possible, get a massage. Also take some OTC anti-inflammatory medication. This list assumes that your pain is due to muscle strain or minor tearing. If your pain is being caused by improper binding (ace bandages, tsk tsk), this might not help. If it’s being caused by broken ribs, or severe muscle damage, go to the damn hospital. I hope you’ve found this helpful, and I hope your back feels better. :-)
Healing your back pain from binding
The Nine Chest Binding Commandments (by Zachary of TSMM)
- Never wear a binder or binding device that doesn’t have a form of elastic within the fibers. Your binder must allow you to breathe in and out without any trouble.
- Never wear a binder for more than 12 hours in a single day. Optimum wearing time is between 8 to 10 hours, and less is always better. Bind as little as you can stand to.
- Never wear a binder when you sleep. Your breathing slows when you sleep and your muscles relax. The binder could become too tight and cause apnea symptoms (you could stop breathing in your sleep) and could cause fluid to build up, resulting in a form of pneumonia.
- If you hear a rattling or wheezing in your lungs when you breathe in or out, take off your binder NOW and cough hard a few times to loosen up fluid. This means you have been wearing your binder too long or too tight.
- If you continue to hear rattling of fluid in your lungs for more than 24 hours, see your doctor. Do not ignore this; you could be heading toward pneumonia.
- Always cough hard a few times when you take off your binder for the day. This will loosen any fluid that has built up in your lungs or the pleura of your lungs. Be sure to follow with a few deep breathing exercises to open the lungs.
- If your muscles under your binder twitch or spasm, take off your binder and give them a rest. Muscle spasms are likely due to a diet poor in magnesium. Many people using testosterone have reported muscle spasm problems, which are helped with a good magnesium supplement. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplement!
- In the long term (over months and years), binding can make the breast tissue less dense, which causes the breasts to sag/droop. This may or may not bother you, but it’s something to be aware of. It is permanent. The less dense the breast tissue is, though, the less it will resist and try to stick out when you bind.
- Buy a binder that compresses the breasts just enough to hide them, but does not compress your rib cage.
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