Soft is the new strong in hypermobility
Soft is the new strong. This seems the total wrong thing – when we feel loose and disjointed, surely we should be bracing to hold it all together. I discovered that led to more pain and fatigue. So I went soft.
The Impact of Hypermobile Knees
Hyperextension of the knees in hypermobility is common. I used the adopt the strangest of standing postures from simple knee locking to crossing one leg over the other or actually wrapping one leg around the other one.
Pelvic Floor Health in Hypermobility
Pelvic floor function in hypermobility is a big topic. Leave me a comment below if you have ever had issues with your pelvic floor tissues. It comes up a great deal with my clients. Many hypermobile people experience a hypertonic pelvic floor with often debilitating symptoms. Both women and men.
What to do with Hypermobile Elbow Joints?
Hypermobile Elbow Joints: why do the elbows hyperextend? Have you noticed how you pick something up. Do you lift from a locked elbow position or from your back? Do your elbows lock when you do a four-point kneeling position or plank pose?
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I never imagined I would be speaking openly on social media and interviews about my pelvic floor history or recurrent UTIs due to mast cell activation. My upbringing was such that certain things are private and definitely not a topic of conversation. And yet here I am. The reality is this is what life can be like with a condition like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Am I Doing This Exercise Right? Progress Not Perfection Wins Every Time.
We’ve probably all ventured into the previously unknown world of online exercise during these unusual times. When our regular gym or Pilates classes closed (or still remain closed), if you wanted to stay healthy and exercise safely you probably turned to YouTube for inspiration. Or maybe you became a regular on Zoom with your regular teacher.
The Neglected Stress Impact of a Chronic Illness
“Psychological factors can trigger a breathing pattern that might be appropriate to an emergency situation, when no such emergency exists”. This is an extract from a book on breathing pattern disorders. I became so interested in breathing patterns the more I worked with our hypermobile community. It’s now a passion of mine and it is why breathing is the number one principle in my Integral Movement Method for Hypermobility. Breathing comes first. Movement second.
Core Strength In Hypermobility
If you have hypermobility, chances are someone has told you that you need to strengthen your ‘core’. This generally involves exercises like sit ups, superman, plank and wall squats. Hands up whose been given these as part of a ‘core’ programme?
I would describe my flare-ups as “feeling like I have no bones in my body”. I asked on social media recently how do you describe your flare-ups. Here is the most amazing compilation of what you said. They were so good and descriptive I decided to pull them all together in one place. This is valuable – it certainly made me feel like I wasn’t alone in these strange feelings that are so hard to explain to someone who does not experience flare-ups.
Fix Your Hypermobile Neck Pain
Thank you all for your interest in my Neck Pain Webinar. I’m delighted to open up registration for this webinar today to explore neck and upper back pain in the Hypermobile community. I’m running the webinar three times on the 22nd July. I wanted to reach as many people as possible in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.