binding and back pain

hanjonatan hanjonatan
i bind every day, and i have joint issues which lead to back pain and which recently have gotten a lot worse. i know binding is part of what's really messing up my back, and i'm wondering if any of you have any experience with this issue and if there's anything i can do about it.

i currently use one of the t-kingdom binders, which i've used for years, and it works really well as a binder, but would an underworks binder be more comfortable and less likely to cause back pain?
07/27/2012
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DarthTaco DarthTaco
I know someone who has the same problem. No matter how loose the binder is, he still gets backpain. He's only found one thing that works for him, and that's that he uses pantyhose. He just cuts holes for his head and arms to go through. Lucky he's got such a small chest XP. I think tight underarmor might have the same effect.

I have a back injury from a car crash a few years ago that has left me unable to walk normally (I use a cane :'P). Binding has actually helped with my backpain and in helping me walk again. I got lucky there.
07/29/2012
TheParrishism TheParrishism
I have that problem esp as my ribs have changed shape some with T and I have grown slightly bigger pec muscles. I try to give my chest a break more often as well as try to shift around my binding techniques. If I am only going out for a little, I try and use something from around the house. I use underworks, and I don't get to much BACK pain so long as I give myself breaks. I do bind every day, if I leave my house. Which is usually, but becoming less due to the pain.
08/15/2012
sodapin sodapin
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Originally posted by DarthTaco
I know someone who has the same problem. No matter how loose the binder is, he still gets backpain. He's only found one thing that works for him, and that's that he uses pantyhose. He just cuts holes for his head and arms to go through. Lucky ... More
I second the underarmor shirts if those are enough compression for you. They seem more forgiving and are built for sweat and aeration so you won't have to worry about funguses etc.

On the other hand, maybe try working out your core? I haven't seen that suggested many places, but I've started working my core every other day and it's really helped my lower back pain good luck!
08/16/2012
snowyslut snowyslut
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Originally posted by hanjonatan
i bind every day, and i have joint issues which lead to back pain and which recently have gotten a lot worse. i know binding is part of what's really messing up my back, and i'm wondering if any of you have any experience with this issue and ... More
I have always used an Underworks 997 and they are pretty good. That said, it has caused/contributed to some pain and stiffness in my upper back/right shoulder. I don't really know what would work for you, except to say if you can't really move around in your binder it might be too tight.

When I had bronchitis a while back and couldn't bind, I found that an under-tee plus a patterned button-up over a reasonably tight sports bra kept my chest unnoticeable. That might help you too, if you need a break from binding.
08/19/2012
butts butts
Strangely when I bind for long periods, I have more sternum and rib pain than back pain. Is the pain in your upper, mid or lower back? Have you tried improving your posture? I've found that sitting upright helps relieve the pressure on my upper back and shoulder blades when I bind, the worse my posture is, the worse the pain is afterwards.
08/20/2012
GONE! GONE!
I honestly don't think it can be avoided other than just trying to have good posture and not binding for long stretches of time. If you can use a compression sports bra or looser binder sometimes and still feel okay, try to do that some days.
I already had a back injury before I started binding so it's really hard to tell for me if my binding would cause me pain even without that prior issue.
08/20/2012
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