I volunteer outside here, and I run our binder scheme! I wanted to know if any of you have queries about binder safety and binding in general. I'll put some general need-to-know stuff for people who are new to binding; or need a refresher!
General Binder Safety Talk
• Never sleep while wearing your binder.
• Where possible, do not bind for more than 8 hours per day.
• When first using your binder, listen to your body. You may only be able to bind for an hour or two, to begin with; until your body adjusts to it.
• Avoid strenuous sport & exercise when binding. Where possible, use a less tight method of binding when doing so, for example, a sports bra.
• If you have asthma and/or other respiratory conditions, take extra care when binding, as doing so can reduce your lung capacity.
IF YOU FEEL SICK, LIGHT-HEADED, DIZZY OR OUT OF BREATH, REMOVE YOUR BINDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
• If you are in doubt about how long you can wear your binder at any given time, it is usually best to air on the side of caution.
• With responsible use and good care, this binder may last you many years with no significant impacts on your physical health.
Binder Care Information
• Any binder you receive from us should last you for years with good care and responsible use. Please observe the following few guidelines for caring for your binder.
• Wash your binder regularly in cold water, avoiding harsh cleaning substances.
• If machine washing, use a gentle cycle.
• Do not use bleach.
• Dry flat – do not wring.
• If tumble drying, do so on a low heat setting.
• Do not iron.
Heres a tiny bit of information and suggestion to how to put a binder on comfortably!
How to put on your binder
• Hold both straps of the binder and step into it. Pull the binder up to chest level and slide your arms through the armholes. Adjust for comfort.
• If you have difficulty with this method, you can also put on your binder like a tank top, over your head.
• It is easiest to put on your binder when your skin is dry – attempting to do so immediately after a bath or shower will likely be more difficult.
• Observe how your body reacts to the binder, and try to ensure you wear it responsibly.
• Be sure to do stretches once you get into your binder, make sure you can raise your arms over your head without strain, to the side and behind your back.
Binding is individual to everyone, and sometimes people can tolerate in different capacities. It's always important to listen to your body, and if you have any aches or pains, don't ignore it!