A test for radial nerve sensitivity

Posted on Tue, 26 November 2013

As you will know, I have done a fair bit of research into avoiding nerve injury. The main problem is the differing sensitivities and nerve paths between people. The medical diagrams are a guide, not a definitive representation of how everyone is. We all have different shapes and proportions, which, of course, is determined by what lies under the skin. Some people's nerves are well-protected and this does not seem to simply relate to body tone, muscle or fat. It is a fact that some people will be extremely resilient, others will suffer nerve compression just from sleeping the wrong way or remaining in certain positions.

Don't be lulled into a false sense of security by what you see top pro-bondage models doing as they will be fit, weigh around 100lbs and almost certainly be virtually bomb-proof. Of course, they will also be experienced enough to recognise any warning signs, however slight. In other words, don't think just because you own a motorbike, you can emulate the Red Bull X-Fighter extreme MX boys! A lot of what you see is pushing safety to its limits by people who really know their stuff and, even then, injuries are an ever-present risk. I have developed a test which can help identify sensitivity of the upper arm on the side that faces the torso in the normal standing position. There follows a clip that I made with Das Falke to explain how to do it. As you will see from the video, it takes surprisingly little to tweak the nerve. Click here to see the video.