Principal Pilates Teacher Kara, has undertaken professional development training in Hypermobility, with a personal interest in exercising with connective tissue disorders.
Our Experience of hypermobility and discomfort:
We understand and believe in the need for gentle and steady pace of exercise for clients with hypermobility, particularly with the presence of hEDS. Modifying and regressing exercise is the way to go, with lots of encouragement and a sprinkle of ‘closed chain’ exercise.
It is important to be aware that not everyone who has hypermobile joints experience pain or discomfort, the reasons for this are still up for debate. Hypermobility is often seen in sportsmen/women and is considered an advantage
Injury recovery is often considered to be slower in people with hypermobility; NYStudio can direct you in how to progress and regress exercises to help.
Just don’t ask me to Relax- it’s the only thing holding me together!
This is untrue. In fact, learning breathing techniques and allowing for some relaxation is very important; our nervous system is considered to be responsible for our experience of pain, so taking care of it is very appropriate. Taking time to enjoy hobbies and socialise with our friends and family will help you to feel well, so make sure you do this.
Often when your joints are cracking, clunking, clicking or creaking, it is not the joint itself that is moving around and it is important to know that this is actually quite safe. By gradually loading your muscles with closed-chain, weight bearing exercise, and getting your joints moving, you may well notice that your noisy hips start to quieten down. Some hypermobile joints do like to dislocate, it is true. Knowing what to do if it happens is beneficial.
Where to get further info
Having a diagnosis of a condition can feel empowering and you may feel like you want to read up and learn more; Research on connective tissue disorders is progressing fast; fantastic news for anyone who has overwhelming symptoms. There is interesting and current literature is being produced on hypermobility and EDS all of the time. In order for us to offer current and meaningful information on the condition, we recommend that you visit the EDS website www.ehlers-danlos.org for further information.
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