Coping with pain in your bondage games…

October 9, 2016

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Recently a friend told me that she had ordered a set of nipple clamps online. She has very sensitive nipples and had this fantasy about mild breast torture. However, when they arrived and she fitted one on an engorged nipple, she found the pain too great.

‘I took it off straight away,’ she said. ‘They’ve sat in a drawer ever since. I don’t know how anyone can stand them?’

Well, I gave her the following explanation:

Applying a clothespin to one’s arm initially produces pain that may be quite intense as the skin and surface muscles are compressed. Peripheral nerve fibres detect this pressure and transmit a pain signal to the spinal cord and on to the brain. At first it is the fast pain signals that get through, and the intensity of the pain experienced is fairly proportional to the amount of pressure applied. Everyone would agree that this is acute pain.

The slower pain signals are not far behind, however, and a dull ache may soon be noticed. After a short while, the pain coming from the pinched tissue will begin to be decreased by the closing of the spinal nerve gates. This is because the brain begins to view the pain signals as non-harmful. The pressure may be painful initially but it is not injuring the person in any way. As time goes on, the pain message is given less priority by the brain and the person’s awareness of it decreases greatly.

The brain knows that the clothespin is not causing any injury. Therefore, the brain gradually “turns the volume down” on the pain message to the point of it being barely noticeable after about thirty minutes. The compression on skin and muscle is still occurring, but it is now perceived as a mild discomfort if it is noticed at all.

‘Be that as it may,’ she said. ‘Those bloody things can stay in my drawer forever…’

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