When Sh*t Happens: Medical Edition

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This 3-hour, in-person workshop examines the most common medical concerns that occur during or result from rope bondage and offers guidance on prevention, response, and treatment.

You hear it often: rope play is edge play and always carries risk of injury, from minor to severe. But what are the most common risks in rope play? (Hint: it’s more than just nerves!) And how should you respond if you’re unfortunate enough to have one of those risks happen to you or your partner?

In this workshop, we will review the most common rope-related injuries, offer advice to tops and bottoms for the best way to avoid those injuries, and give “layperson level” steps to take in response to those injuries if they do happen … as well as suggestions for when to seek professional medical help.

In addition to a general presentation and discussion of the issues, we will offer some optional hands-on opportunities for you to practice some of the recommendations.

This workshop is designed for both bottoms and tops … and we strongly encourage bottoms to attend, as it is the health and safety of the bottom that is most often at risk in rope. The first line of defense is knowledge and prevention!

PLEASE NOTE: We strongly recommend that anyone who practices rope bondage get certified First Aid / CPR / AED training. This workshop is NOT a substitute for that training. Additionally, we recommend consulting with your doctor or other medical professional if you have any health concerns or experience any serious injury during rope bondage. While this workshop was developed in consultation with trained medical professionals, it cannot take the place of professional medical treatment.



Intended Audience

Anyone who has an interest in or practices rope bondage.

Content Summary

  • Recommended supplies to be adequately prepared for a healthy rope interaction
  • Discussion of the most common rope-related concerns, including tips for prevention, recommendations for immediate treatment, and suggestions for when to seek medical attention
  • Topics addressed include:
    • Rope Marks / Petechial Hemorrhaging
    • Rope Burn / Bruising / Hematoma
    • Muscle/Joint/Tendon/Ligament Stress / Damage
    • Fainting / Positional Asphyxiation
    • Falling / Secondary Injuries
    • Compression-Related Injuries (circulation and nerves)