Sensory & Motor Nerves
Skin is the human body’s largest organ. On average, adults have about 20 square feet of it. Our skin contains sensory nerves, while the tissues underneath contain motor nerves. Nerves are similar to long, slender wires that facilitate an information exchange between the body & mind.
Sensory nerves communicate information to our brain from stimuli (such as the temperature of a surface we touch). Anatomically, our body uses various receptors to process & permit sensations of touch, heat, pain & pleasure.
- Mechanoreceptors process touch, pressure, & vibration.
- C-Tactile (CT) fibers are the body’s pleasure receptors.
- Nociceptors are sensory nerve cells that process pain.
- Thermoreceptors process temperature.
Motor nerves facilitate movement by communicating information from our brain to our muscles to either tense or relax. The rate of communication between the two is so rapid that our interpretation of the energy is often experienced as reflexive.
Damaging the sensory or motor nerves via compressive or shearing force can have impacts that lasts from hours to days, weeks, or even years. Compressive force may occur when the rope is too tight for too long, thus interrupting the blood supply from the very small blood vessels that run the length of the large nerves. By interrupting the blood supply, we also interrupt the oxygen flow to that nerve. Shearing force is especially important to note as it relates to our suspension practice, as these injuries tend to happen when the rope moves across a limb that is already being compressed, such as during a transition.
We discuss the major nerves in our body to be aware of in our rope bondage practice with the hope of empowering rope tops & bottoms with the information to better communicate their individualized tie & time thresholds for their specific bodies & practices. Treatment for nerve damage is beyond the scope of this site. Just as we each differ in our own unique body compositions, so too do the placement of our nerves. To better envision approximate placement of the nerves, we recommend you go to the Zygote Body website as they do a wonderful job of illustrating the anatomical human form. As always, we encourage you to do your own research & listen to your body, as you know it best.