Injury

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Injury is damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside force, such as violence or an accident. The term injury can also refer to injured feelings or reputation, rather than injuries to the body.

Injury from spanking[edit]

Any form of corporal punishment comes with a risk of injury (and some forms of light injury, e.g. welts, can even be desired when such punishment is given). Spanking is a comparatively safe method of corporal punishment because the buttocks are well-padded and can generally take a spanking well. Spanking is safer, for example, than whipping a person's back (where the sensitive spine is), slapping a person's face (which can easily injure the eye, nose, teeth or ear), or striking a person's hands (where a lot of fragile bones and joints are close to the skin).

Still, there is a risk of injury from spanking, especially when given in an unsafe or excessive way. In BDSM, the principle safe, sane and consensual demands that unsafe play is to be avoided. It is up to the players what types of minor injury count as 'safe' and what types do not. All possible health risks connected to spanking should be known by both the spanker and the spankee and measures taken to reduce or avoid them.

  • Injuries that can come with bad aim:
    • Risk of wrapping (the implement curls around and hits the side of the hip or even the front)
    • Risk of accidentally hitting the coccyx (tailbone)
    • Risk of injuring the genitals (e.g. testicles)
    • Risk of kidney injury
  • Other health risks:
    • Circulation problems
    • Breathing problems
    • Dizziness
    • Temperature problems (getting too hot or getting cold)
    • Emotional risks (very individual)
    • Allergic reaction

Regular and frequent (such as daily) spanking can lead to a phenomenon known as a leather butt in the spanko community: the buttocks become more insensitive and don't mark as easily as before.

Treatment of injuries from spanking[edit]

  • If the skin breaks anywhere, stop immediately.
  • Treat bleeding, abrasion, scratches and popped blisters with antiseptics and sterile plasters or band-aid
  • Treat bruises with ice bags
  • Treat redness and welts with lotion (if the skin is not broken)
  • See a doctor immediately in case of any serious injury

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