Nociplastic Pain and the Sensitive Nervous System

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Dr. Leslie Russek, scientific advisor to The Zebra Club, joins us to discuss nociplastic pain and how we can regulate a sensitized nervous system.

Creating safety in our own hypermobile bodies is key

Estimated reading time: < 1 minute “When we feel safe, we can be whoever we were meant to be”. Stephen Porges, author of The Polyvagal Theory, said this at an event I attended with him. I have been curious and passionate about creating a sense of safety for myself and my clients since I created my Integral Movement Method.

Thanks for sticking with me when things got tough

Estimated reading time: < 1 minute “Thanks for sticking with me when things go tough”. I received this at the end of an email from a lovely EDS client. I work with some very complex cases. There are always going to be ups and downs. A condition like EDS or HSD is never linear. I am prepared for the unexpected.

What’s tissue tolerance? Can it help me avoid injury with hypermobility?

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Injury prevention – how do we work towards that with hypermobility?

Should I Squeeze my Glutes when I exercise with hypermobility?

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Squeezing, pushing, pulling – all words I try to avoid when teaching my hypermobile clients. Why – because they tend to put more tension into the body rather than helping someone move with ease and less pain.

Relationships and Chronic Pain

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes I recently did a post about pain management. Someone raised the question on the post of ‘how can I communicate my pain to my partner effectively?’

Chronic Illness Exercise – Do you mourn your previous regime?

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes What’s your relationship with exercise? Has it changed over the years? Did a chronic illness diagnosis change your approach?

What people don’t see when you live with a chronic illness

Estimated reading time: < 1 minute What’s it like when you go out out – if you do go out out? Is there a lot of preparation and organisation involved? I have friends who don’t have EDS or chronic illness. They fill their weekends with activities from morning till night – doing multiple things in one day. And they don’t seem that tired.

Hypermobility Flare-Up Management

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Can we ever really be prepared for a flare-up? And when they arrive, how do we manage them? They can be as unpredictable as the rain. You dress for sun and a sudden downpour arrives. Sometimes we definitely know rain is coming and we can pack an umbrella but sometimes rain, like a flare-up, can appear when the sky seemed so blue. We just weren’t expecting it.

Am I Doing This Exercise Right? Progress Not Perfection Wins Every Time.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 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.