Nov 3 2003
Wrapping for hanging, girth and traction
This article will refer to wrapping for hanging - using cloth or other materials to place a cushion on the penis. This is done to prevent the hanger pinching the skin, and to prevent soreness from the contact and pressure of the hanger on the skin. It can also be used to hold a small amount of blood in the head, to give more head size for the hanger to 'anchor' onto, however this is an advanced method with greater potential for injury and discolouration. Wrapping for girth/discolouration is covered after the wrapping for hanging section as this is done for different purposes.
Wrap materials and amounts
There are many types of material that cn be used to wrap with. Anything used should have an elastic property. This is to allow the wrap to 'give' when the hanger is tightened. If the wrap is not elastic, there is a good chance that the wrap will cut off circulation completely when the hanger is tightened fully, especially at high weights where more tightness is required.
- Coach/ACE bandage (or any of the self adhesive types)- A good elastic material, although it can be abrasive to the skin.
- T-shirt material, or thin socks - Easily obtainable and are softer on the skin than the bandage material.
- Theraband - A popular wrap material, but tends to irritate the skin of some people if used without a cloth underwrap.
Size/Amount of wrap
The size of the wrap will vary from person to person, and the most difficult and frustrating part of wrapping is the experimentation period, as the optimal amount is found. Before starting the actual PE routine, it is recommended that some time is spent experimenting with different wraps and methods of wrapping. Small changes can affect comfort, so it is important to find a setup that gives full circulation and adequate padding.
If theraband is used, 18" of cloth underwrap and 18" of theraband in 1" wide strips is a good starting point. If theraband is not used, a longer strip of cloth wrap may be required. Initial testing is done by wrapping using the instructions below, attaching the hanger and weight, and evaluating the level of comfort. If slipping, poor circulation, numbness, coldness or pain occurs (or any other discomfort - the hanger should use his own judgement and not ignore the warning signals given by the body), then there is likely a problem with the wrap, assuming the hanger is attached correctly and tightly enough. The usual problem is tightness - however tight the wrap is, it will get tighter when the hanger is on, so this is the first thing that should be checked. If the wrap is loose enough, the problem may be the amount used. The wrap should be cut shorter, and another test set done. This should be repeated until the set can be completed with full comfort.
The wrap may need to be adjusted or replaced after many hanging sets are done (after a period of weeks), as the material is compressed under the pressure of the hanger.
When the optimal material and amount of wrap has been decided, this is the method to follow:
- Pull the penis straight out with one hand.
- Take the wrap and pin it on the underside of the shaft with the pinky finger of the hand stretching the penis out, one inch behind the head. Wrap the material around, and over the fingers.
- On the second wrap, pull the fingers out and wrap over. Keep your penis stretched out.
- After the first two wraps, it becomes easier to keep the wrap in place. Continue to wrap towards the base in spirals, then secure the wrap with some tape. 1/4" spirals should be sufficient.
- Repeat with theraband if needed.
If you do not use theraband, wrap with smaller spirals. The wrap should be loose enough to allow perfect circulation. If the head begins to swell without stimulation, it is too tight, and should be re-wrapped. If it moves on the shaft it is too loose, and will prevent the hanger from grasping the internal structures, and cause more skin pinching. The wrap should be loose enough to urinate while wearing it, but tight enough to stay in place. The first few spirals should be fairly loose, the spirals after this can be a little tighter. This allows the tightness to be adjusted without having to unwrap fully.
Although practice is needed to become a proficient wrapper, it is worth the effect. Good wrapping will prevent injuries from slippage and poor circulation, and help the hanger to grasp the shaft for greater comfort, allowing more weight and safety.
Potential For Injury
The potential for injury through unsuitable wrapping is high. There are several possibilites:
The wrap needs to be elastic for good reason. If the wrap is pushed with a finger in the area where the hanger attached, or directly behind, there should be some 'give', it should feel springy, not tight or overly hard. When the hanger is attached, it will tighten the wrap. If it is not elastic it will quite likely cut circulation. This can lead to head pain, discolouration, bruising, numbness and red dots. If this is done regularly, permanent injury and loss of sensitivity can occur.
Amount of wrap
Generally, the more wrap used the more problems will occur. Finding the balance is difficult - some hangers use quite a lot of wrap, some use little. The more wrap used, the tighter the hanger needs to be to grasp the internal structures, and the tighter the wrap becomes. Most hangers use 24"-36" of total wrap, but less may be needed.
If the wrap is too loose, the skin will not be collected in the wrap, and there is a higher chance that the hanger will pinch the skin when it is attached. This can be painful if it is not noticed before putting the weight on. Also, the looser the wrap is, the less the hanger will be able to grasp the internal structures, giving more chance of slippage. This can also be very painful and damaging.
At the other end of the scale, wrap that is too tight will cut the circulation when the hanger is attached, or even before. Problems that will arise from wrapping too tight are coldness, bruising, loss of sensitivity, excessive fluid buildup and a high risk of discolouration in uncircumsised hangers.
If theraband or a similar material is used, the silver/grey variety is the thickest, and the best type for hanging. As indicated earlier, coach or ACE bandage is also a popular wrapping material. The advantages of this type of bandage, is that it is self adhesive, which saves time. However it can be abrasive to the skin.
Wrapping for Girth and Removing Discolouration
Elastic wrap material can be used to aid girth exercises, and to remove discolouration. The principle is the same for both outcomes, only the technique is slightly different. The arteries that bring blood into the penis are located on the inside of the shaft, while the veins that take blood away from the penis are located on the outside, of course. If the wrap is used in such a way as to retard the return flow of blood while leaving the 'in' flow unimpeded, the erectile chambers will begin to swell as there will be more blood coming into them than being drained away. To get just the right amount of tightness to cause this effect takes practice, and some unsuccessful attempts can be expected! Once the wrap is on, the swelling may take 5-10 minutes to begin. If it has not after this time, the tightness should be adjusted.
One of the main theories of the cause of dicolouration is that the high pressure exercises of PE 'push' blood throgh permeable skin layers, and when the PE session is completed the membranes (that were open due to the pressure) close off, trapping the blood and causing the common 'bronzed' appearence. When the wrap is set up correctly as described above, the pressure will build up, and eventually will reach a point where it can 'push' past the wrap, allowing a more normal flow of blood. However the pressure will still be enough to open the semi-permeable membranes. Since the pressure of such a set up is not excessive (unlikely to cause girth gains on it's own), and some (although less than optimal) circulation is occuring, more blood will not be trapped in the skin layers, and what is already there can be drained out due to the open membranes and circular blood flow.
There is another use to this method. As it allows some blood flow, the wrap can be worn for several hours. This makes for an excellent method of keeping the tunica engorged after an intense girth workout.
The method for girth is similar. The girth wrap should be slightly tighter, enough to restrict outflow even at high pressure. This will cause the pressure to continuously rise. The pressure of this method is enough to stretch the tunica laterally, and over time will be enough to create permanent girth gains.
Traction wrapping is used after a hanging or stretching session to hold the tissues in an extended state, in order for them to heal while lengthened. After the hanging/stretching session is completed, the penis is held behind the head, and stretched out. Theraband or another material is then wrapped around the shaft, starting directly behind the glans and spiralled towards the base, where it is secured with tape. The wrap should be loose enough to allow full blood flow, but tight enough to hold the penis in the extended state. If the head begins to swell while the wrap is on, it is too tight, restricting the outflow of blood and should be loosened. The best materials include theraband and self adhesive bandages, though a variety of materials can be used.
The wrap must be applied as soon after the PE session is completed, as retraction of the tissues will begin in minutes. Traction wraps can be considered an ADS method, although no actual stress is placed on the penis beyond it's natural retraction. Once the wrap is in place and correctly applied, it can be worn for several hours at a time, however it is inadvisable to wear a traction wrap during sleep, as problems can arise with nocturnal erections.