How to lengthen ligaments
This post is technical and experimental, so you’ve been warned.
I’ve been doing jelqing now for about 3 months. I have noticed (and measured) gains that are positive and very encouraging.
My BPFSL has increased by 1/4”, length increase is negligible, and about a 1/8” to 1/4” gain in mid-shaft girth. More then that, the appearance of my penis is “looking” much larger (more of a vein-popping looking with the ligaments much more apparent then before). I’m sold on jelqing, it works for me.
Lately though I’ve been doing a great deal of reading on ligaments. Some posts here have indicated that my negligible length gains may be due to the small difference between my BPFSL and my BPEL (that difference is under 1/4”). It seems that my ligaments are most likely the limiting factor in my length, and probably the area I should concentrate on (I’m ok with my girth, but my length goal is BPEL7.5” and I’m currently BPEL5.5”).
Hanging seems the be the most accepted method (of course some will disagree with me!) to increase length. But the best methods I could find, by consensus, are those hanging techniques that focus on long-duration hangs. Here’s my problem: I probably have only 20-30min per day to work on this in seclusion (I’m married, with kids, you get the picture). So the best practices written about here may very well not work for me when I’m only doing one 20min hang per day.
However, looking at the research into ligament stretching, I’m going to use myself as a guinea-pig and try something a bit experimental. I fully assume the risks, I understand completely that what I’m doing could fail, causing permanent damage, loss of erectile quality, shortening of my penis, etc. I’m an adult (46yo) and fully understand what I’m doing.
That said, I’m looking for a little feedback, positive or negative (I know many will warn me against this, but stay with me a bit, I’m comfortable with self-experimentation and will be taking many steps to to minimize negative permanent damage before it happens).
There have been a number of published experiments done on stress and strain characteristics of ligaments. The main ligaments these studies use are the ACL or MCL of rats (which, according to researchers, mimic those same ligaments in humans).
The conclusions of these studies agree with each other to a high degree. As a former engineer with a science degree, this makes me think that these researchers are on to something.
A few quick definitions first:
Elastic - a rubber-band like quality of a ligament. When it’s pulled and released, it returns to the same length as before.
Plastic - more like a silly-putty quality. When pulled and released, doesn’t quite return to original length, but stays somewhat longer then the initial state.
Strain - stretching the ligament, reported as a percentage of the stretched length over the unstretched length.
Stress - the force, in something like lbs or kg, exerted on the ligament to stretch it
The findings show that these ligaments perform elastically at strains below about 5%. So if a ligament is 5” long, and you stretch it to 5.25”, it should return to 5” when you let go.
Ligaments start to exhibit plastic characteristics at strains over about 5%. So pulling that same ligament to 5.5” (not that I recommend that!) means it won’t return to 5” but more like 5.1” when you let go. And that length may be permanent.
It seems to me the key is to reach the plastic zone, but only far enough into the plastic zone to cause deformation without causing serious, overall ligament failure. Easily said, but not so easy if you’re using a constant weight. In other words, if you start hanging with 2.5lbs, and work your way up to 3, 3.5, 4, etc etc, you don’t quite know how much you’re straining the ligament (you know the force, but it’s just a progressive guess as to weather or not you’re in the elastic zone, plastic zone, or the whoa-too-much! Zone)
Instead of using a constant force, I want to adjust the weight used to stretch my ligs to maintain a constant stretched length. So in other words, I want to design a hanging device that puts my penis under a precisely measured length and hold that’s stretched length for a 20min period. And, more importantly, the device would allow a fairly precise way to measure the length changes. My goal is to find the point where my ligaments have just entered the plastic zone, and go no further then this. That will cause some damage (which is the goal), but shouldn’t cause negative issues. More importantly, because I’ve reached the plastic zone, the ligaments are permanently stretched slightly longer. I would then allow time for healing (and assist the healing with heat-pads and jelqing, and then maybe an ADS to help regrowth of the damaged fibers in the longer state) and then repeat the process, each time putting the ligaments just into the plastic zone, which should be increasing each time I do this. The healing time in between could be quite long, maybe weeks or longer.
So over the next few weeks I want to look at designing just such a stretching device and would like any comments on what I’m about to do and if my approach seems solid for this experiment.