Hiatt type 2010 handcuffs. Circa 1990s.
A suspended model in a hogtie bondage. Her nipples are clamped and she is gagged with a ball gag harness
A person handcuffed behind their back.
Tied woman lying down hogtied
Hinged handcuffs used by Dutch police
Bound nude man
Standard type legcuffs made in Taiwan
Frogtied woman gagged with duct tape
Prisoner in "full harness" combination
Man handcuffed to a bedrail, with a blindfold on
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A ball-gagged model whose face is bound using bondage harness and bondage collar
An inmate in handcuffs and a belly chain with a handcuff cover, concealing the keyholes
Rope bondage: A gagged model bound in an uncomfortable position using breast bondage and crotch ropes
Old handcuffs
A woman wearing a steel collar and steel handcuffs.
Display of old handcuffs, Tatton Park Flower Show, 2010
Petplay: Woman bound outdoor using a dog's chain, at the Folsom Street Fair.
Bondage demonstration at the 2003 Folsom Street Fair
Multiple knots being tied by a male bondage rigger, so as to ensure a strong rope bondage.
A woman wearing an armbinder
A woman chained to a Saint Andrew's cross
Two women mummified with duct tape, restraining their entire bodies, at Exxxotica 2013
A Shibari expert weaves a rope on a woman's upper body at Venus Berlin, 2019.
Two women in frogtie bondage
A male bondage rigger demonstrates to the audience how to do rope bondage at the 2015 BoundCon event in Germany. The bondage technique used here is box tie, a basic form of arm and breast bondage.
A leather dog mask worn over a latex coat.
Erotic pose of three women in bondage gear
Bondage with fluorescent ropes

A partner may be physically restrained in a variety of ways, including the use of rope, cuffs, bondage tape, or self-adhering bandage.

- Bondage (BDSM)

Police handcuffs are sometimes used in sexual bondage and BDSM activities.

- Handcuffs
Hiatt type 2010 handcuffs. Circa 1990s.

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Erotic humiliation: A submissive woman publicly caged at the Folsom Street Fair in U.S., with cane markings on her body.
A male bondage rigger demonstrates to the audience how to do rope bondage at the 2015 BoundCon event in Germany. The bondage technique used here is box tie, a basic form of arm and breast bondage.
Strappado with rope and a spreader bar. This practice has a distinct effect of immobilization and pain.
Portrait of Marquis de Sade by Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo (1761)
BDSM is commonly misconceived to be "all about pain". This 1921 art of a clothed male, naked female is an illustration of male dominance and female submission.
A woman being put in suspension bondage at BoundCon, Germany, 2013. Since the submissive is vulnerable to a potential fall, it is important that great care is taken.
Flogging of a bound man by a dominatrix at the Exxxotica adult event, United States, 2009
BDSM activists at Taiwan Pride 2005, Taipei
A sulky cart drawn by a pony-girl, an example of petplay at the Folsom Parade, 2012. She is wearing a bit gag and a neck collar, to which are attached a ring of O and a leash. Bells are hung from her pierced nipples. All these symbols indicate she is roleplaying a 'pet slave'.
A bondage pornography shoot in the U.S., 2011
A whipping scene where both dominant and submissives are female, Paris, 1930
A fresco in the Etruscan Tomb of the Whipping, 5th century BC
Copper engraving, about 1780
Flagellation scene, illustration to Fanny Hill by Édouard-Henri Avril, 1907
Foot worship of one of the feet of a dominatrix by a submissive man. Her other foot rests over the man's head, using it as a footstool (human furniture). This sketch is from a 1950 work named Bizarre Honeymoon.
Start of the leather contingent at the 2004 San Francisco gay pride parade
Consensual giving or receiving of pain is legal in Austria. Photo shows wax play at the Eros Pyramide sex show, Austria, 2009.
Sexual activity may occur in BDSM, but it is not essential part of BDSM. Photo shows erotic humiliation of sexual nature being performed at Wave-Gotik-Treffen music festival, Germany, 2014. The submissive woman is stripped naked, hung upside down, whipped and a master doing sexual roleplay of a devil forces himself on her to cause vagina torture.
Spanking with a paddle in a BDSM dungeon in New York City
The BDSM rights flag with triskelion-type emblem
The leather pride flag, a symbol of the BDSM and fetish subculture
Fanny Pistor (with whip) and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Venus in Furs was inspired by the author's own life where he was dominated by a woman.

BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and other related interpersonal dynamics.

Fixation by handcuffs, ropes, or chains may occur.

Handcuffs and chains from wrought iron as formerly used on prisoners; Wales, 19th century (museum exhibit)

Physical restraint

Physical restraint refers to means of purposely limiting or obstructing the freedom of a person's bodily movement.

Physical restraint refers to means of purposely limiting or obstructing the freedom of a person's bodily movement.

Handcuffs and chains from wrought iron as formerly used on prisoners; Wales, 19th century (museum exhibit)
Modern chain handcuffs made of hardened steel; Hiatt 2010
Modern steel legcuffs
Iron wrist shackles with chains and padlock; Germany ca. 17th century
Modern Hiatt speedcuffs
Modern prison restraints including steel handcuffs and belly chains
A full Medical Restraint System

Usually, binding objects such as handcuffs, legcuffs, ropes, chains, straps or straitjackets are used for this purpose.

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A model bound with bondage cuffs at wrists and a spreader bar at the ankles.

Bondage cuffs

A model bound with bondage cuffs at wrists and a spreader bar at the ankles.
Wrists encased in suspension cuffs.
Use of bondage cuffs.
An assortment of bondage cuffs with buckles.
Hogtie with bondage cuffs on ankles.
An Armbinder consisting of Cuffs and bondage mittens.

Bondage cuffs are restraints designed for use in sexual bondage situations.

Compared to conventional handcuffs, they are wide wrist and ankle restraints generally made of leather, often padded with soft leather or fake fur.