If you want a subject that will make your head spin, then welcome to Part 3- Stretching the truth. Why can some people do it and feel great, whilst others get injured? Is yoga the devil’s work or is the devil in the details? The myths surrounding hypermobility, in general, are shocking and things only get more confusing when we throw stretching into the mix!….. Read more
*Warning* *This blog contains some graphic pictures*
Following on from the “Pain is for protection, not damage” blog, I found some brilliant examples to help show you how pain can exist with or without damage. Pain is an output of the brain when you subconsciously deem that pain is an adequate response to the inputs you receive. Remember though, that what we believe, past experiences, how you feel that day, who you are with, why you are doing what you are doing and how you are doing it, can all change how you process the various inputs of the world and ultimately, cause things that you used to do, to now become painful….. Read more
I met Bridget a while back, she is a young woman who had been Rowing at an elite level for almost 7 years. She had picked up a fair few injuries due to her hyper mobile joints and eventually, she could no longer push through the pain.
If everything changes, why would you be any different? The truth is you’re not! And when it comes to being hypermobile, it’s kind of important to realise what changes actually matter. Let’s start this part with a fact! Did you know a banana is around 74% water?
When you first came into the world all those years ago, you came in 1% wetter than a banana. So at around 75% water, you were pretty wet. However, in just 0ne year, you dropped down to about 65% water. By the time you entered adulthood you are around 60% if you are male or 55% if you are female. And by the time you become “officially” elderly, water will make up around half of your body. If one thing is certain in life, it’s that you are slowly drying, see what I did there :-). But, why does this matter? Because if you’re hypermobile, it’s going to affect you.
So… you may remember about 10 weeks ago I put out a post asking for volunteers. I had been busy designing an 8 week online programme designed for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and associated connective tissue disorders. The whole programme was to be done via secure private video link wherein the volunteers needed to follow along with the videos exactly as they where presented. I received a huge response and I eventually ended up with around 30 volunteers, who where divided into Group A (who have now finished) and Group B (who started 4 weeks later)
Details on Group A can be found below. Group B are almost finished and have experienced even better results than group A, as I have been able to tweak things gauging off group A feedback, essentially running a version 1.1 at the same time. I will, when group B finish, post their results.
My aim for this programme is to see if “some” of the results I have working with individuals 1:1, could be attained without me every meeting an individual. Using the past experience of the countless people with EDS I have seen over the years, I put together an online video instruction programme. Obviously I wasn’t expecting miracles, but despite everything I ended up with a MASSIVE 90% success rate (success in this context means reduced fatigue, pain reduced down to nearly nil, stabilised pevlis’ and subluxations and dislocations reduced). However, all participants reported feeling better than when they started.
Out of the 30 people;-
*4 people failed to start the foundation exercises on time and were, as previously told they would be, removed from the trial.
*3 went silent, not responding to messages and I removed them from the trial
*2 missed the first session and were removed from the course.
The volunteers in general were very varied in symptoms and complaints, 3 member’s of group B started the course on crutches and whilst they have not yet reached the end of the programme, are already off them. Several of the participants suffered from POTS and I was even lucky enough to have a Regional Coordinator for the Ehlers-Danlos UK charity take part in the programme. For both groups I created 2 private Facebook groups so participants could get to know one another and also allow me to post the video sessions as required. I have attached some screen shots of our 8 week journey together.
Group A – The results were far better than I could have imagined! In group A, 9/10 people reached the personal targets I had hoped for them and saw a huge reduction in pain and increased energy. Although 1 participant did not see the reduction in pain and increase in energy like we hoped, she did report feeling better than before she started and had the following to say during the post trial feedback.
Well, where to start really? 2016 has been a very long and very productive year for me. I have worked on a 1:1 basis with 47 Individuals this year at the Newcastle studio, 24 of which have now returned back to work full time and 14 which have returned part time. Obviously I am both happy and extremely proud of all of the hard work my wonderful clients have put in over the last year and for those of them who have moved away to start careers again, I wish them all the luck in the world!!
You may remember that before Christmas I asked for a few volunteers to help me trial a few changes to some of my programmes. One volunteer was an amazing young woman named Lizzie. For those of you who have read Lizzie’s story, you can find her update at the bottom of the page. For those of you new to the page……enjoy!
Hey guys, As you know I am Constantly learning and tweaking my pain management programs to ensure that I offer my clients the best i can possibly give. Everyone I see is completely different and as such, I have many different programmes and protocols I used to achieve the results I do. I often find ways to shorten certain programmes like the pain management programme Lizzie and Sharon recently helped me modify the last time I asked for volunteers. I am asking for One volunteer to take part in testing some modification to my current Mobility protocols which currently take 6 weeks. I feel like with the changes I wish to make I may be able to get it down to around 4 weeks.
To help me finalize the tweaks to the programme and figure out which protocol changes work. This of course will be free and I will need to see you at least 2 times per week at the Newcastle (UK) Studio for 4 weeks.
There is a few requirements that I would like those who apply to meet please;
- I must never have met you.
- Must have multiple mobility issues e.g hips, back, shoulders
- Must live local or be able to get to the Newcastle(UK) studio 2x per week.
- Must have difficulty walking
- Must have chronic pain.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in taking part, please send me an email at: Adam.email@example.com with a little about yourself.
To see how the last Volunteers go on read about it below.
I’ve had a lot of emails lately asking if there will be any more road shows this year. …