Manual stretching duration and cell death.
It is likely that someone has posted about this before, but I figured it would not hurt to share my experience with this issue. I have been practicing PE for about two months. These are two solid months, as I took two weeks off at some point in August due to work and school. I have noticed that many posts on manual stretching seem to recommend short durations for each manual stretch, followed by a rest period to restore circulation. I don’t know what the exact average is, but the recommended time seems to be about 30 seconds to 3 minutes. This makes sense to me, as I have heard on this forum and in other reading that cell death due to oxygen depletion begins after roughly 4 minutes. This is a very relative estimation, I realize, as cells in the penis actually die on a regular basis and get replaced by new healthy cells. Similarly, doing a manual stretch of even 15 seconds kills a certain amount of otherwise healthy cells simply due to the stress of stretching. So I suppose what we are referring to here is an amount of cellular trauma that destroys cells of the penis to a point that it is beyond the body’s ability to repair. Deeper analysis aside, this makes enough sense to me so I began a stretching routine with a basic approach that involved manual stretches not to exceed 4 minutes.
This issue became confusing when I began reading about hanging. I understand that hanging and stretching are two very different activities, built upon different approaches and theories of PE. However, I cannot help but notice the much longer durations that are practiced in hanging as opposed to stretching. I do expect typical responses to this suggesting that manual stretching is much more “intense” than hanging, thus it is done in shorter periods. Lets be realistic here in realizing that many advanced hanging routines involve enough weight that the intensity is just as high, if not higher, as a manual stretching routine. I have noticed hanging routines that involve hanging the weight anywhere from 5 to 20 or more minutes. It seems that if people can withstand this amount of hanging without experiencing serious injury, that manual stretching routines should be able to do the same. It makes sense to err on the side of safety, but it seems that the times for stretching-induced cell death due to oxygen depletion are not in sync with hanging times. I also realize that hangers are “advanced,” and their methods should not be compared to newbie routines, but their penises should still be subject to the same biological laws that apply to others (hopefully!). So I guess I’m just wondering what the final verdict is on safe stretching times.