What Can the Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services Exercise Physiologist Do for Me?

Our Exercise Physiologist knows how complex hypermobility can be and how difficult it can be to exercise without creating a new injury. There are many different ways that they can help those with hypermobility or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

  • You may choose to see our EP for setup, review and progression of your home program
  • Advice for starting a gym-based program
  • Supervised exercise in a gym setting including strength, weights, and muscle conditioning
  • Clinical Pilates programs
  • Rehabilitation programs for those with POTS/dysautonomia and/or fatigue
  • Face to face, telehealth and home visits (depending on location & availability)
  • Small group classes: Not Just Bendy – Balanced & Strong
    • Blending Clinical Pilates with strength & conditioning
    • Focus on working towards your functional goals
    • Everyone in the class has their own program: which can be a mix of clinical Pilates (matwork and equipment), strengthening with weights/bands, and safe stretching. 
Classes for hypermobility. Not Just Bendy: Balanced and strong. Supervised by Exercise Physiology

What is the Difference Between Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology?

Now that we have an Exercise Physiologist (EP) many clients ask us what the difference is between Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology for hypermobility.

Physiotherapy is a great place to start, especially during the early stages of your rehab journey and later for maintenance or any new concerns. Our physiotherapists are very skilled at assessing, diagnosing and managing injuries and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as helping to problem-solve other issues associated with Hypermobility & Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

As time passes and your condition improves, when you are ready to take the next step in your rehab journey to increase your physical activity and exercise, Exercise Physiology for Hypermobility may be suited for you. Our EP, Avery, can also be very helpful for people who find it difficult to exercise in conventional sessions (e.g. gym or sports) without frequently injuring themselves.
 
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are university-qualified, allied health professionals.  The motto for Exercise Physiologists is “Exercise is Medicine.”  In addition to exercise, they focus on creating behavior change, increasing physical activity and self-management.
 
Your physiotherapist generally sees you in a treatment room whereas your Exercise Physiologist will usually treat you in a gym-based area of the clinic.  Also, EPs do NOT use massage or hands-on mobilisations as part of their treatment the way physios do.
 
During your initial session with the Exercise Physiologist they will discuss your current health, your goals, medical and exercise history. Depending on your goals, they can also assess your current exercise capacity, strength, endurance, fitness, as well as how you are moving.  If you are an existing patient of a Not Just Bendy Physiotherapist, your physio will provide detailed communication about you and any recommended “do’s and don’ts” for your rehab program.   At Not Just Bendy we work together as an interdisciplinary team through all stages of your rehab.

Can I See Your Exercise Physiologist With My NDIS Plan or Medicare EPC?

Absolutely you can.  Exercise Physiology treatment comes under your Capacity Building funding.  Even those with a diagnosis of social/emotional issues (who are often not funded for physiotherapy) will often have some funding for Exercise Physiology.

We are also able to offer telehealth and – depending on availability – home visits.

If you have a Medicare EPC (Enhanced Primary Care) or Chronic Disease Management plan you can see our Exercise Physiologist. Please make sure your GP marks your referral as “Exercise Physiology” and refers directly to “Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services”. Please be aware that we do not bulk bill these care plans and a gap will be payable.

What Is the Name of Your Exercise Physiologist?

Avery Wu Exercise Physiologist at Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services

Avery Wu is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and is our first Exercise Physiologist at Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services.

Avery Wu graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2021 with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Avery has an extensive Pilates background having completed a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction from PilatesITC in 2019.

For the past 3 years she has been teaching clinical and group Pilates classes to clients of all ages and abilities, including at PhysioTec since 2020.

In her experience as a Pilates instructor, Avery has worked with hypermobile clients through their rehabilitation as an interdisciplinary team with the physiotherapists from Not Just Bendy Hypermobility and other physiotherapy practices. To book an appointment please call 3123 4826 and ask for Not Just Bendy or email reception@notjustbendy.com

 

The team at Not Just Bendy provide the option of Telehealth physiotherapy for hypermobility in place of, or in addition to traditional face to face services. Telehealth services have been greatly beneficial in aiding people who have hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to access our care from all around Australia, from within the comforts of their own homes. Telehealth Physiotherapy services have been shown to be just as effective as in-person therapy, and takes place either via an online video platform (e.g. Zoom), or by telephone.

This provides the opportunity for:

  • The ability to stay home but still access therapy if you are immunocompromised or fearful of heading out during the ongoing covid-19 situation.
  • Improved access to our team of physiotherapists who have a special interest and holistic approach in managing hypermobility / Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • A comprehensive dialogue surrounding your main concerns, and helping you piece together a better understanding of how your hypermobility contributes to a raft of symptoms including gut disturbances, pain, POTS, etc, and advising you on how to manage them 
  • A physical assessment looking at your posture and quality of movement through various functional tasks 
  • Crafting a holistic management plan including a detailed and specific home exercise program via an online exercise platform accessible via computer or phone app (Physitrack)
  • Liaising with your local health practitioners if you live remotely, for better coordination and tailoring of your medical care
  • Reduced travel time and cost
  • The opportunity to continue to have your rehabilitation program monitored and progressed regardless of the health status of yourself and your close contacts

What research is there to support the use of telehealth?

  • Telerehabilitation as a means of allied health and medical service delivery has been utilized around the world prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since its inception, research has shown that telerehabilitation is just as effective as traditional rehabilitation methods in achieving gains in function and pain reduction for people with musculoskeletal conditions (Cottrell et al., 2017).
  • This benefit extends to the use of telehealth platforms to conduct exercise therapy in adults with a variety of physical disabilities, including cardiopulmonary, neurological, respiratory, and orthopaedic conditions. In a systemic review conducted by Dias et al. (2021), adults with a range of physical disabilities showed similar short- and long-term gains in pain, function and quality of life when participants underwent exercise therapy via telerehabilitation compared with other forms of rehabilitation.
  • In the middle-aged population with chronic diseases such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, heart failure and COPD, the evidence for telerehabilitation to conduct patient education and teach management strategies was mostly favourable when compared to standard traditional care (Rush et al., 2018). However, results were slightly mixed partly due to the broad spectrum of telerehabilitation platforms employed (telephone consultations, video platforms, live chat websites, online lectures etc) in different studies, and a limited number of studies available for data comparison.
  • Emerging data compiled by de Mata et al. (2021) has shown promising results in re-training pelvic floor muscles and reducing symptoms of stress and urge urinary incontinence in adult females using online education software and videoconferencing platforms. These benefits were seen after just 4 months and lasted for at least 2 years post-treatment.
  • A recent study conducted over the COVID-19 pandemic showed that a twice weekly video-based telehealth low impact, moderate intensity aerobic exercise program for women diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, conducted over a 4-month period, resulted in improvements in anxiety and depression levels, pain levels, and less mechanical sensitivity to pain when compared to the control group who did not participate in exercise (Hernando-Garijo et al., 2021).

Real stories from our clients

The following is from Vanessa S., a Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services physiotherapy telehealth client:

 

Vanessa S. and family. Vanessa is a Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services physiotherapy telehealth client
Vanessa S. and family

As a 35-year-old-woman with hypermobility and living in remote Queensland, I have found accessing telehealth for physiotherapy invaluable.  This year has posed many challenges for everyone, however for our family the challenges felt rather extreme. In addition to 7 surgical procedures for various conditions in Brisbane, I experienced 9 hospital admissions in Brisbane where I required specialist care. This care was not accessible from Warwick, our home that I share with my husband and two-year-old son. The road from Brisbane to Warwick after each hospitalisation was long and windy, both metaphorically and literally. However the main challenge was being able to access the specialist allied health services I required.

This is where the telehealth services from Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services were priceless.  I was able to continue my physical rehabilitation program from home.  Our sessions looked very different from in the physiotherapist rooms at her practice.  Instead of my physio observing my posture and body positioning in her rooms, I would balance the laptop on the ironing board, and demonstrate my exercises in the lounge. 

Sessions at home through telehealth were both practical (in that I couldn’t drive to Brisbane due to pain medication, nor did I have the strength and stamina for that amount of time in the car) and effective.  Our sessions were followed through with a home-based exercise program utilising an app on my phone.  This included prescribed exercises with a video demonstration and audio instructions. Using the app, I could also document comments for each exercise, what worked well and what didn’t.

Whilst I would love to have access to my physio in my living room every night to give me guidance, utilising telehealth in conjunction with the specific physical rehabilitation exercises prescribed is the next best thing.  For us, telehealth provide access to a service that otherwise wasn’t accessible, due to living in rural Queensland.  [FL1] 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I need hands on physiotherapy treatment?

Sometimes, hands on therapy is useful in alleviating muscular pain. We can teach you techniques to release soft tissue tension by yourself using trigger point balls, foam rollers, and hand-held massagers. Some of our clients (from regional areas) visit us when they are in Brisbane seeing other specialists.  For other clients we assist with finding a local physio to co-treat with or have discussions with their existing local team members to ensure that the treatment being delivered is hypermobility friendly.

What kinds of health rebates are available if I choose to do a Telehealth Physiotherapy for hypermobility consultation?

Telehealth physiotherapy services are currently recognized and rebated by:

  • Various private heath funds
  • NDIS
  • DVA
  • Queensland WorkCover / SIRA
  • Medicare rebated chronic disease management plan sessions

Am I able to have telehealth for Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services Exercise Physiologist?

Yes you can – we have appointments with our exercise physiologist available.  Rebates apply for all services listed above but we recommend you contact your private health fund for clarification as some do not support telehealth with an exercise physiologist.

I am not sure if I have hypermobility – where can I learn more about this?

This blog is a great introduction for you if you are only beginning your journey.

Bibliography

Cottrell, M. A., Galea, O. A., O’Leary, S. P., Hill, A. J., & Russell, T. G. (2017). Real-time telerehabilitation for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions is effective and comparable to standard practice: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical rehabilitation31(5), 625–638. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215516645148

da Mata, K., Costa, R., Carbone, É., Gimenez, M. M., Bortolini, M., Castro, R. A., & Fitz, F. F. (2021). Telehealth in the rehabilitation of female pelvic floor dysfunction: a systematic literature review. International urogynecology journal32(2), 249–259. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-020-04588-8

Dias, J. F., Oliveira, V. C., Borges, P., Dutra, F., Mancini, M. C., Kirkwood, R. N., Resende, R. A., & Sampaio, R. F. (2021). Effectiveness of exercises by telerehabilitation on pain, physical function and quality of life in people with physical disabilities: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials with GRADE recommendations. British journal of sports medicine55(3), 155–162. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2019-101375

Hernando-Garijo, I., Ceballos-Laita, L., Mingo-Gómez, M. T., Medrano-de-la-Fuente, R., Estébanez-de-Miguel, E., Martínez-Pérez, M. N., & Jiménez-Del-Barrio, S. (2021). Immediate Effects of a Telerehabilitation Program Based on Aerobic Exercise in Women with Fibromyalgia. International journal of environmental research and public health18(4), 2075. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042075

Rush, K. L., Hatt, L., Janke, R., Burton, L., Ferrier, M., & Tetrault, M. (2018). The efficacy of telehealth delivered educational approaches for patients with chronic diseases: A systematic review. Patient education and counseling101(8), 1310–1321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2018.02.006


This is the story of the Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Mascot and Logo.

Zebras are the adopted symbol of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).  The story goes that at medical school, future doctors are taught to look for conventional explanations: “If you hear hoof beats look for horses.”

This communicates the idea that common symptoms are usually due to the most common explanation.

The zebra represents more rare conditions (such as EDS) and the idea that “When you hear hoof beats, if you only think of horses, you will be missing the zebras.”

Zebby, the Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services Mascot
Zebby, the Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services Mascot

It encourages the medical community to think outside the box, and consider EDS/connective tissue disorders as a possible underlying diagnosis

It is also described in the famous EDS slogan:

“If you can’t connect the issues, think connective tissues.”

Now regardless of whether we consider hypermobile-EDS “rare”, the Zebra has stuck as the mascot of the movement.  The mascot for Not Just Bendy Hypermobility services is the lovable Zebby, created by the artist Chloe Wigg.

The original Zebby was the first zebra I bought as an adult, and still sits on the desk watching me write this blog.  I bought him when I first began to feel connected to the EDS community – firstly as a “bendy” myself, secondly as the mother of some, and finally as a physiotherapist to many.

Next, Zebby became art.

Chloe Wigg (who is a client of mine) asked to paint my portrait for a competition on “influential people of Brisbane.”  Portrait painting is not Chloe’s usual creative category. Recently her preferred genre is acrylic medium pouring painting; she struggles with more traditional painting formats due to her own H-EDS. 

Chloe Wigg in her studio
Chloe Wigg in her studio

In exciting upcoming news, Chloe is holding her first solo art show “Natural Resilience” from 19th January 2021 at Logan Art Gallery.


A little more info about Chloe.

She took up art as therapy after a career-ending arm injury when she was a young paramedic. She took up art while having rehabilitation in hospital as a way to cope with crippling pain: often referred to as Art Therapy. 

When I met Chloe, she knew she was hypermobile, but had never heard of the complexity of it all. Over time we began to deal with many of her issues associated with that hypermobility. Despite all the challenges Chloe has faced she always remains positive, and a ray of happiness for those around her.  I am so proud of her for continuing with her art, raising her family, and remaining so positive about whatever is around the corner. 

To support Chloe you can follow her blog, Facebook or Instagram. Or if you see/hear her in the waiting room – please introduce yourself as she loves making connections.

Original Zebby in inks by Chloe WIgg
Original Zebby. Watercolour on Rag by Chloe WIgg

Anyway, let’s say the portrait was never entered in the competition, but a cute little Zebby in the corner became legend (see above).  It is the combination of Zebby and the zebra patterned hand that together signify the goals of the Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services. Cradling the zebra with our hands and helping support and help anyone with hypermobility.

Zebby was then redrawn, and developed into vector art to be the official logo for Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services.

But it turned out he was just too cute to be on our cards and letterheads especially as we are an adult physiotherapy service, and most of the people I asked didn’t understand the Zebra reference anyway (even those with EDS). It broke my heart to figuratively go back to the drawing board (and literally send Chloe back to her drawing board) and find a different image to represent Not Just Bendy but as I have discovered over the last six months there were many tricky business decisions to make every week.

Chloe was not discouraged and sketched us a new image based on the zebra patterned hand from the original painting. On the third go she produced the drawing that was turned into our logo.

Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services Logo
Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services Logo

I love our logo – it signifies,to me, someone who is moving happily but is also finding it hard to keep their head, body, and legs all connected.  Just like Chloe and so many of my other clients who also inspire me on a daily basis. The overlapping purple, blue, and green coloured body parts signify the multiple layers of muscle that need to co-ordinate their activation patterns to allow functional, efficient and pain-free movement. It also reminds me of maintaining alignment while standing on one leg (which most of my clients know is much more difficult than you would think).

Read more about Chloe Wigg: How art saved her life https://alistrachan.com/feature-artist-chloe-wigg-how-art-saved-her-life/

To learn more about Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services you can read about us here.

Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services is a physiotherapy service dedicated to Hypermobility Brisbane
Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services is a physiotherapy service dedicated to Hypermobility Brisbane

When I meet people socially at a BBQ and they ask me what I do, I take a deep breath as I know it is going to be an interesting conversation.  I am the founder of a physiotherapy practice in Brisbane called Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services.  All our physiotherapists have a special interest in complex hypermobility, including Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder – some of them even have these conditions themselves.

I would like to answer a few common questions I am asked socially about hypermobility and by the end of the article you will understand why the practice is called Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services.

What is hypermobility?

The term hypermobility is used to describe a person who has more than the usual amount of movement in a joint.  This is present in around 20% of the population.  For many people having increased joint flexibility is an advantage for some sports including swimming, tennis and gymnastics.

Collagen is the building block of connective tissue and there are several different types of collagen – some are firmer and some types are stretchier (similar to how different types of rubber bands have different stretchiness).  It is thought that hypermobile individuals have a higher proportion of the stretchier collagen in their ligaments.  This can allow the joints to move through an increased range of motion.

Hypermobility is generally assessed with the Beighton Criteria, which is explained here:

Beighton Criteria for assessment of hypermobility used at Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services

If you are an adult and you score 5 or higher then you are considered hypermobile – for children it is 6 or higher.  It is important to remember that not everyone with hypermobility will have issues because of it – in fact many of our Olympic swimmers and track & field athletes are hypermobile.   

Some of those with hypermobility encounter pain and injury associated with increased movement and if this pain becomes long lasting and in multiple areas then they can be diagnosed with Hypermobility Spectrum disorder.  As the name suggests it is a spectrum from generally coping with a normal lifestyle with occasional pain to quite severely affected. 

Connective tissue/collagen is not only present in your joints/ligaments but also in many other parts of the body. This is why, other issues can be associated with hypermobility. Issues can include: digestive issues (IBS, reflux, constipation, nausea, bloating etc), circulatory issues (dizziness, brain fog, racing heart, fainting), sleep issues, anxiety/depression, bladder issues (frequency, loss of urine), hormonal issues (painful/heavy periods, endometriosis), frequent bruising, stretch marks and clumsiness.

When there is a family history and other specific characteristics then a medical specialist can diagnose Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/eds-diagnostics/.  Incidence of Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is estimated to be as high as 1% of the population. 

Yet despite this, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome are both generally poorly managed and poorly diagnosed even in Australia.

If hypermobility is so common why should we care?  If it is that common and normal why should we bother to do anything about it anyway

My answer to that question is – heart disease and diabetes are very common – but we don’t ignore those conditions.  Prevention and management are offered to those with heart disease and diabetes and in the same way those with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder / Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome deserve fast diagnosis, understanding and management.

At Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services in Brisbane, Australia, we receive referrals from medical specialists who have recognised that hypermobility should be assessed and managed.  This include Rheumatologists, Geneticists, Cardiologists, GPs, Sports Physicians and Pain Specialists.  We also see many patients that find us through online support groups and google searches.  With our new patients we do a specific screening assessment to assess if hypermobility is present (or was present in the past) and screen for and explain the theorised linkages to some other common conditions.

We then explain why all these things seem to occur together with hypermobility.  It is one of the proudest parts of my life – when I help to put all the pieces of the puzzle together for people.  It is a really significant moment for many and I must admit sometimes a get a chill down my spine when the penny drops for them.  Then together we can start to put a plan together on how to approach things going forward.

Back at the BBQ by now the chat has gone one of two ways – either my companions eyes have glazed over and they are trying to get away from me or the penny has dropped for them and they say “That’s just like me,” or “That’s just like my sister/mother/friend.” Who knows? Maybe the same thing has happened to you.

What can physiotherapy do to help those with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder / Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome?

I am glad you asked this!  There is so much that a physiotherapist that understands hypermobility can offer.  Even though the ligaments are a little extra stretchy, we all have another wonderful system known as Muscles which support the joints and provide stability and support to the deeper ligaments.  Muscles are the key to management/improvement with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder/Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

I will list a few things we provide at Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services:

  • Pain management techniques including safe stretches, postural changes, and massage gadgets.
  • Deeper “stability/postural” muscle retraining to reinforce the ligaments and provide support to the joints.
  • Retraining of simple movements such as getting out of a chair, standing, walking and balancing on one foot to use more efficient postural patterns.  Hypermobile individuals often use excessive muscle gripping/stiffness to hold themselves rigid which can actually be very tiring and may increase pain.  Learning to use the right muscles for the right task can be challenging but worthwhile.
  • Strength and conditioning training including modified pilates and the development of safe, paced, gym-based programs.
  • Problem solving of complex conditions and coordination with other medical professionals with a special interest in the area.
  • Assistance with dislocation plans, correspondence to school, pacing advice, joint protection education and brace/taping advice.

Due to the complexity of each individual with Hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome it is important to take a long-term view of rehabilitation.  We are available for regular review or less frequent treatment, as everyone’s circumstances are unique.  We prefer to start with two one-hour sessions for a full assessment and to develop a management plan. Most of our clients are complex and have seen multiple physios/medical professionals in the past.  We offer telehealth for patients across Australia and home visits for those in Brisbane. 

When you call Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services to make an appointment ask to see one of the growing Not Just Bendy team – Sharon Hennessey, Dr X. Chen, Marlisa Kwan, Belinda Breust, Lucy Yan, April Meggs, Maria Yee and Elissa Mak. Our practice is located in Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane. Be sure to ask for Not Just Bendy when you are booking your appointment for hypermobility Brisbane. Contact Us.

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Sharon Hennessey Hypermobility Physio

This blog was written by Sharon Hennessey, the founder and principal physiotherapist at Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services Physiotherapy clinic in Brisbane, Australia.  Sharon is a dynamic Physiotherapist with over 23 years’ experience and a special interest in treating those with hypermobility. 

It is time to welcome to the world – Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services. Located in Brisbane, Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services, is an expansion of the high quality, consistent service that physiotherapist Sharon Hennessey has provided to those with hypermobility over the last ten years.  It is located within the PhysioTec physiotherapy practice. [2022 Update: we are now located inside our own brand new, purpose built facility]

Hypermobility physiotherapists Sharon Hennessey, Dr X.Chen & Marlisa Kwan
Hypermobility physiotherapists Sharon Hennessey, Dr X.Chen & Marlisa Kwan

As medical engagement and understanding about connective tissues issues is improving there have been a large amount of people diagnosed with hypermobile- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and generalised hypermobility syndrome. What was once thought to be a rare condition is perhaps a lot more common than previously thought.

Not Just Bendy has been established by Sharon Hennessey to respond to this avalanche of people (mostly women) searching for therapists who will work with them collaterally, without blame or judgement.

Joining Sharon’s team are physiotherapists Dr X.Chen and new staff member Marlisa Kwan. The goal is to provide physiotherapy assessment, advice, exercises and services for those with complex needs associated with generalised hypermobility and the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Be assured that these changes will improve our patient care and allow us to focus on delivering high quality care in a variety of settings including in-rooms, telehealth (online) and consultations in your own home (home visits).

Not Just Bendy Brand personality

Your Not Just Bendy physiotherapists will let you know if you require input from other physiotherapy specialties and also recommend other allied health practitioners and specialist doctors. We believe strongly in multi-disciplinary care and have spent years in Brisbane developing relationships with these other professionals with an interest and understanding in hypermobility.

As our name suggests we know that hypermobility is Not Just being Bendy. And we want to make your life more than just being bendy too. Learn more about hypermobility here.

To make an appointment please call (07) 3123 4826 and ask for an appointment with Not Just Bendy or Contact Us.

I am a physiotherapist in Brisbane with a special interest in hypermobility related connective tissue disorders so most of the clients I see have hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility spectrum disorder or Asymptomatic Generalised Hypermobility

I have observed in my clinical practice that around 90% of symptomatic hypermobility clients have hip or pelvic issues.  Common complaints are locking, giving way, clunking, popping, incontinence and pain. There are many different structures that contribute to these issues including the joints (Hip, Sacro-Iliac Joint (SIJ) and Pubic Symphysis), the soft tissues (muscles and their tendons), the nerves and also referred pain from the low back and other structures.

It is not overly surprising that hip/pelvic complaints are common, as many hypermobile people have lots of painful areas throughout their body but in my opinion, rehabilitation of the muscular control around the hip, pelvis and low back is pivotal to improved quality of life and maintenance/improvement of function in simple and complex hypermobile clients…..

To read more please visit my guest blog on great Australian site Hypermobility Connect