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Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD

English, Fitness / Keep-fit, 1 season, 104 episodes, 4 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes
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Does hypermobility affect your health? How can you feel your best AND improve your performance? Being bendy can be a blessing but widespread symptoms like pain, increased injuries, fatigue, GI distress, insomnia, and so much more can negatively impact quality of life. Welcome to Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD, with founder and cohost, Linda Bluestein, MD, and cohost, Jennifer Milner. Conversations with specialists with diverse areas of expertise answer questions you didn't even know you had and cover topics you won’t find anywhere else all around optimizing your hypermobile health.
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Examining The Future of EDS Diagnosis and Care with EDS Society CEO Lara Bloom

In this episode, Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD, hosts a captivating conversation with Lara Bloom, President and CEO of the Ehlers-Danlos Society. Lara shares her journey in advocating for rare diseases, the progress made in Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), and the upcoming updates in diagnostic criteria. Tune in to learn about the challenges, successes, and future directions in EDS research and patient care. Takeaways: Global Progress: The Ehlers-Danlos Society has significantly advanced global awareness and research on EDS and HSD. Diagnosis Challenges: Misdiagnosis and lack of understanding among doctors persist; re-education efforts are ongoing. Bloom's Journey: Lara Bloom's path from volunteer to CEO highlights the impact of lived experience in advocacy. Diagnostic Criteria Update: The 2017 criteria for hypermobile EDS will be revisited by 2026, involving extensive research and collaboration. Movement and Self-Care: Regular physical activity is crucial for managing EDS and HSD symptoms, as emphasized by both Bloom and Bluestein. Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.     Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.🎧 Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.        Learn more about Human Content at http://www.human-content.com Podcast Advertising/Business Inquiries: [email protected] YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓 Learn about Lara Bloom: Website: https://www.larabloom.com/ Twitter: @larabloom Instagram: @lara.bloom Youtube: @LaraBloom Keep up to date with the HypermobilityMD: YouTube: youtube.com/@bendybodiespodcast Twitter: twitter.com/BluesteinLinda LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd Facebook: facebook.com/BendyBodiesPodcast Blog: hypermobilitymd.com/blog Part of the Human Content Podcast Network
7/18/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 57 seconds
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Season 4 Wrap: Reading Your Comments

Welcome back, every Bendy Body! In this special episode, I wrap up season four and share exciting plans for season five. Join me as I reflect on our journey, from focusing on high-risk populations like dancers and gymnasts to diving deep into medical topics. Listen in for gratitude-filled shoutouts from our wonderful listeners as I read their heartwarming reviews! See you soon for Season 5!Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them..🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓
6/13/20246 minutes, 39 seconds
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101. Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Chronic Illness with Ashok Gupta

In this conversation, Dr. Linda Bluestein interviews Ashok Gupta about his experience breaking the vicious cycle of chronic illness when he had ME-CFS.  They discuss the impact of chronic conditions, the brain's priority of survival, and the vicious cycle of symptoms. Ashok explains the Gupta Program, which aims to make patients aware of subtle danger signals in the brain and retrain the brain's response. They also explore the concept of neuroimmune conditioned syndromes and address common myths about brain retraining. With a focus on hypermobility, they discuss the time commitment required to see results, different ways to engage with the program, the importance of somatic retraining and its impact on brain structures, and how clinicians can recommend brain retraining to their patients without sounding like gaslighting. They also explore the duration of the program, potential worsening during the program, and the accessibility and cost of the program. The conversation ends with a discussion on the power of neuroplasticity and a hypermobility hack to make friends with your body.TakeawaysChronic conditions often accompany joint hypermobility and can have a significant impact on individuals and the global economy.Brain retraining involves making patients aware of subtle danger signals in the brain and retraining the brain's response.The brain's priority is survival, which can lead to maladaptive responses and chronic illness.The Gupta program has shown promising results in improving symptoms and overall health in various conditions. Brain retraining requires a time commitment of at least 20 to 30 minutes a day, along with short exercises throughout the day.An independent audit looked at 16 different conditions for three months.  They found improvement of 84% with Long COVID, 116% with Lyme disease, 67% with mold illness, and 85% with chemical sensitivitiesClinicians can recommend brain retraining by emphasizing that it is not in the mind but in the brain, and that the brain is triggering the immune and nervous systems.The program is a minimum six-month commitment, but some people may continue for longer to maintain their progress and manage stress levels.Some individuals may experience temporary worsening during the program, but with support and a balanced approach, positive results can be achieved.Healing and recovery are possible, and the brain's neuroplasticity allows for rewiring and improvement in various chronic conditions.Making friends with your body and accepting hypermobility as an attribute can shift your perspective and contribute to healing.The Gupta Program offers a free 28-day trial and a one-year money-back guarantee, making it accessible and low-risk for individuals seeking relief from chronic illnesses.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction and Background01:43 The Impact of Chronic Conditions04:05 Understanding Brain Retraining05:21 The Brain's Priority: Survival09:40 The Vicious Cycle of Symptoms12:46 The Gupta Program16:28 Neuroimmune Conditioned Syndromes30:33 Time commitment for results33:07 Somatic retraining and brain structures34:23 Recommending brain retraining to patients36:06 Addressing the software issues37:58 Effectiveness of medications with brain retraining39:08 Duration of the program41:50 Potential worsening during the program43:15 Final thoughts and hope for healing45:28 Neuroplasticity and changing the brain51:22 Hypermobility hack: Make friends with your body52:30 Where to find more information about the program58:18 Duration and cost of the program59:25 Accessibility and money-back guaranteeConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them..🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  Neuroplasticity Intervention, Amygdala and Insula Retraining (AIR), Significantly Improves Overall Health and Functioning Across Various Chronic Conditionshttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38404605/Mindfulness-Based Program Plus Amygdala and Insula Retraining (MAIR) for the Treatment of Women with Fibromyalgia: A Pilot Randomized Controlled TrialMindfulness-Based Program Plus Amygdala and Insula Retraining (MAIR) for the Treatment of Women with Fibromyalgia: A Pilothttps://www.guptaprogram.com/https://www.youtube.com/@GuptaProgram#MECSF #GuptaProgram #BrainRetraining #ChronicIllness #Hypermobility #ZebraStrong  #ZebraWarriors #Neuroplasticity #ChemicalSensitivity #LongCOVID #LymeDisease #MoldIllness #MindBodyConnection #HypermobilityHacks #Podcast #BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBodies #MedicalPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD 
6/6/20241 hour, 10 seconds
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Milestones and Reflections: 100 Episodes of Bendy Bodies with Linda Bluestein, MD

Dr. Linda Bluestein celebrates 100 episodes of Bendy Bodies discussing the most rewarding part of hosting the podcast and the challenges of podcasting. She emphasizes the importance of balancing the complexity of EDS and the need for healthcare professionals to understand and empathize with the struggles of patients with hypermobility conditions. Dr. Bluestein discusses the symptom burden experienced by individuals with EDS and the challenges they face in getting their symptoms understood and validated by healthcare professionals. She shares her approach to treatment as well as the top three concerns among EDS patients.  Dr. Linda Bluestein and guest host Kate Colbert discuss the importance of effective communication between doctors and patients, and the need for healthcare professionals to understand the patient's perspective. Dr. Bluestein shares her goals for the Bendy Bodies podcast and they end with a hypermobility hack for traveling with EDS.TakeawaysHealthcare professionals should strive to understand and empathize with the struggles of patients with hypermobility conditions and recognize their heroic efforts in managing their symptoms. Offering the correct dose of hope is difficult, as it is important to be responsible and not oversimplify the complexities of hypermobility conditions.Individuals with EDS often experience a high symptom burden, including pain, fatigue, and gastrointestinal symptoms.Getting symptoms understood and validated by healthcare professionals can be challenging for EDS patients.Empathy and understanding from both patients and doctors are crucial in managing EDS symptoms.Treatment approaches for EDS are discussed. Effective communication between doctors and patients is essential for better care. Patients can learn how to communicate better and doctors can understand how patients think.The Bendy Bodies podcast aims to improve care for people with symptomatic joint hypermobility, educate healthcare professionals, and support nonprofit organizations.Patients, caregivers, advocates, and medical professionals can contribute to the EDS community by representing it well, sharing their stories, and spreading awareness about the podcast.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction and Celebration of 100 Episodes25:52 Understanding and Empathizing with Patients' Struggles36:40 The Top Three Concerns Among EDS Patients41:20 The Most Effective Treatment Approaches for EDS44:23 The Role of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)52:12 How an EDS Doctor can Facilitate a Patient's Healthcare Team01:03:16 The Future and Goals of the Bendy Bodies Podcast: Improving Care and Spreading Awareness1:05:21 Improving Quality of Care for Everyone01:14:05 Hypermobility Hack: Packing Heavy and Lightening the Burden on Your BodyConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them..🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  https://journals.lww.com/topicsinpainmanagement/citation/2023/04000/hope_for_hypermobility__part_2_an_integrative.1.aspxhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0161589014000546https://www.edsguardians.org/#MedicalPodcast #PatientAdvocacy #EDSAwarenessMonth #EDSAwareness #DoctorPatientCommunication #HSD #MCAS #ChronicIllness #EmpathyInMedicine #HealthcareInsights #Hypermobility #ZebraStrong  #ZebraWarriors #hEDS #HypermobileEhlersDanlosSyndrome #Podcast #BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBodies #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #100thEpisode
5/30/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 43 seconds
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99. From News Anchor to Advocate: A POTS and EDS Journey with Summer Dashe

Summer Dashe, a former news anchor and advocate for the chronically ill, shares her POTS and EDS journey.  She covers how she manages her symptoms in everyday life and the challenges of getting diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome).  #dysautonomia #ChronicIllness #POTSAwareness TakeawaysGetting a POTS diagnosis can be challenging, and it often takes multiple visits to different doctors before receiving a proper diagnosis.Awareness about POTS among doctors has improved over the years, but there is still a need for more education and understanding.Finding supportive coworkers and a job that accommodates your symptoms is crucial for managing a chronic illness in the workplace.Open and honest communication is key when asking for accommodations, and providing informed reasoning behind the request can help employers understand the need.Remote work has opened up opportunities for individuals with chronic illnesses, allowing them to work in a way that suits their symptoms and abilities.Managing the unpredictability of POTS requires self-compassion and finding strategies that work for you, even if it may not always feel graceful. Know your limits and make decisions based on your boundaries to remain reliable in work and personal life.Accepting a lifelong condition can be challenging, but it allows for a more realistic approach to treatment.Genetic research and advancements in technology provide hope for future awareness, treatment, and potentially a cure.It's important to be honest and transparent about the realities of chronic illnesses to better prepare patients for their journey. Technology played a crucial role in Summer's car accident, with her Apple Watch automatically calling 911 and alerting her emergency contacts.The support and care from family, friends, and coworkers were instrumental in helping Summer through the aftermath of the accident.Summer's experience highlights the importance of valuing oneself and advocating for accommodations in the workplace and she shares her favorite hypermobility hack. Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction and Background08:01 Supportive Coworkers and Accommodations16:01 Benefits of Remote Work32:09 The Impact of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome on Treatment Approach42:25 Hope for the Future: Advances in Awareness, Treatment, and Cure49:39 The Role of Technology in a Car Accident56:11 The Support System: Family, Friends, and Coworkers01:06:31 Valuing Oneself and Advocating in the WorkplaceConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them..🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  Learn more about Summer Dashehttps://www.summerdashe.com/#SummerDashe #dysautonomia #ChronicIllness #POTsie #POTSAwareness #ZebraWarriors #ZebraStrong #POTS #EhlersDanlos #Podcast #BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD 
5/23/202458 minutes, 18 seconds
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98. Environmental Triggers of Mast Cell Disease with Tania Dempsey, MD

SummaryDr. Tania Dempsey discusses mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) with a focus on environmental triggers of mast cell disease.  TakeawaysInfections can trigger mast cell reactions and people with MCAS may react differently than those without.Identifying and addressing environmental triggers, such as mold and plastics, is important in managing MCAS. Immunotherapy for allergies and asthma may impact MCAS symptoms. Treatment options like Xolair (Omalizumab), ketotifen, cromolyn, and low dose naltrexone (LDN) are discussed.  Nutrition, particularly protein intake, supports overall health and affects MCAS symptoms.Fish can be a good source of protein, but it is important to be aware of mercury levels and choose smaller fish.Testing mercury levels can help identify potential toxicity and guide treatment.Antihistamines can be beneficial for managing MCAS symptoms and should not be feared.Individuals with MCAS may have sensitivities to scents, environmental triggers, and EMFs.Finding healthcare providers who understand and can effectively treat MCAS is crucial.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction to MCAS and Dr. Tanya Dempsey02:28 Infections and MCAS14:31 Immune Deficiency and Infections28:37 Environmental Triggers37:00 Air Purification and Food Quality42:01 Quality of Meat vs. Pesticide-Free Vegetables43:11 Fish as an Alternative to Meat44:32 Toxins in Fish and Mercury Levels46:02 Detoxing Mercury and Sushi Concerns47:08 Reactions to Sushi and Scombroid Food Poisoning48:43 Sensitivity to Scents and Environmental Triggers49:30 Long-Term Antihistamine Use and Dementia52:21 Reactions to Laundry and Facial Products56:23 Treatment Options after Failing Xolair57:12 Food Dyes and MCAS58:18 EMFs and MCAS59:22 Why Some Doctors Fail to Believe in MCAS01:03:41 Immunotherapy for Allergies and MCAS01:04:56 Managing Heat, Sun, and Exercise Triggers01:09:54 Diagnosing MCAS and Lab Testing Challenges01:11:20 Final Thoughts and Finding AnswersConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:Learn about Dr. Tania Dempsey, MD:Website: https://www.drtaniadempsey.com/Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/drtaniadempseyInstagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/drtaniadempseymd/Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/taniadempseymd/Linkedin Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tania-dempsey-m-d-82834a44Mast Cell Matters Podcasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mast-cell-matters-deep-dives-on-mcas-with-tania/id1717106678Article:  Learned Cautions Regarding Antibody Testing in MCAS https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37566881/Article: Diagnosis of mast cell activation syndrome: a global "consensus-2https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32324159/Article: Molecular Mechanisms of Scombroid Food Poisoninghttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36614252/Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy (SOT) as a Potential Treatment for Viral Infections and Lyme Disease: Preliminary Resultshttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36412742/Efficacy of Double-Dose Dapsone Combination Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease/Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) and Associated Co-infections: A Report of Three Cases and Retrospective Chart Reviewhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7690415/#MCAS #MastCell #MastCellActivationSyndrome #MastCellActivationDisorder #MastCellDisease #EDSAwarenessMonth #HSDAwarenessMonth#Podcast #BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #BendyBodies #HypermobilityMD
5/16/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 16 seconds
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97. Learning to Spot the Signs of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes with Guest Host, Kate Colbert

In this special “EDS Awareness Month” episode of the Bendy Bodies Podcast, founder Dr. Linda Bluestein and guest host Kate Colbert discuss how everyone can learn to spot the signs ofEhlers-Danlos Syndromes.Dr. Bluestein emphasizes the importance of EDS awareness, as many people are still not getting the evaluations and care they need.  She also debunks several myths about EDS, including the misconception that EDS does not cause pain and that only geneticists can diagnose it. She emphasizes the importance of early intervention and appropriate treatment for better patient outcomes. They cover the importance of understanding Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), the challenges faced by individuals with EDS in their relationships, and how to communicate with romantic partners and family members. Colbert and Dr. Bluestein also discuss the impact of EDS in the workplace and provide tips for employers and coworkers to support individuals with EDS. The conversation emphasizes the need for awareness, empathy, and support for individuals with EDS and other poorly recognized conditions.TakeawaysEDS Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate and spread awareness about Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), and associated conditions.Healthcare professionals should listen to their patients and believe them, even if a clear diagnosis is not yet established.Teachers, daycare providers, and nannies can play a crucial role in identifying hypermobility conditions in children. Coaches and athletic instructors should be aware of the signs of EDS in athletes and dancers and provide resources for further evaluation and support.Several myths about EDS, such as the misconception that EDS does not cause pain and that only geneticists can diagnose it, should be debunked.Early intervention and appropriate treatment are crucial for better patient outcomes. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) is an important condition to consider in individuals with environmental sensitivities, even if their tryptase levels are not elevated.Understanding and empathy are crucial in relationships where a partner has EDS or HSD, as the condition can cause dynamic disability and varying needs.Communication is key in relationships, and using mirroring techniques and talking boundaries can help improve understanding and compassion.Employers and coworkers should show support and offer accommodations to individuals with EDS, such as checking in with them, providing grace, and making the workplace more accessible.Increasing awareness about EDS and related conditions is essential to foster empathy, support, and better partnerships in healthcare, workplaces, and society.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction and EDS Awareness Month09:30 Identifying Hypermobility Conditions in Children31:06 Early Intervention and Appropriate Treatment42:04 Supporting Individuals with EDS in the Workplace54:59 The Importance of Awareness and Empathy for EDS and Related ConditionsConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/https://iadms.org/https://www.edsguardians.org/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10328215/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34524722/#EDSAwarenessMonth #EDSAwareness #EhlersDanlosMyths #HSD #MCAS #Hypermobility #Podcast #BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD  
5/9/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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96. Coping with Dance Injuries and Career Transitions with Chelsea Pierotti, PhD and Guest Cohost, Jennifer Milner

In this episode, Dr. Chelsea Pierotti discusses coping with dance injuries and transitions, both from a physical and psychological perspective. She explains that the way dancers appraise their injuries and their emotional response to them can greatly impact their coping mechanisms. Dr. Pierotti emphasizes the importance of shifting the mindset from seeing an injury as a disaster to viewing it as a challenge that can be overcome. She also highlights the role of social support in the recovery process and the need for dancers to define success in ways that are within their control. Additionally, Dr. Pierotti addresses the challenges dancers face when transitioning between different forms of dance or when they have to give up dancing altogether. When transitioning out of dance, it is important to consider your values and what truly matters to you in life. This will help guide your future goals and decisions. It is also helpful to reflect on who you admire and what you admire about them, as this can highlight your own values. Grief and loss are common when leaving a dance career, and it is important to acknowledge and process these emotions. The dance world can be more supportive by adopting a positive coaching approach and focusing on the whole athlete, not just their performance. Developing mental skills and self-awareness is crucial for dancers and can be beneficial for everyone.TakeawaysThe way dancers appraise their injuries and their emotional response to them can greatly impact their coping mechanisms.Shifting the mindset from seeing an injury as a disaster to viewing it as a challenge can help dancers overcome the emotional and psychological challenges of injury.Social support plays a crucial role in the recovery process for dancers.Dancers should define success in ways that are within their control, rather than relying solely on external validation.Transitions between different forms of dance or giving up dancing altogether can be challenging, and it's important for dancers to have a strong sense of identity beyond being a dancer. Consider your values and what truly matters to you in life when transitioning out of dance.Reflect on who you admire and what you admire about them to identify your own values.Acknowledge and process the grief and loss that comes with leaving a dance career.The dance world can be more supportive by adopting a positive coaching approach and focusing on the whole athlete.Developing mental skills and self-awareness is crucial for dancers and beneficial for everyone.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction00:54 Introducing Dr. Chelsea Pierotti01:13 Coping with Injuries03:38 Coping Mechanisms06:34 The Influence of Childhood Experiences08:29 Developing Resilience09:48 Transitioning from Dance12:11 The Role of Pain13:09 Challenges Faced by Hypermobile Dancers13:23 Supporting Dancers through Challenges17:49 The Importance of Social Support18:43 Grief and Loss of a Dance Career20:34 Developing Resilience and Coping Strategies24:57 The Importance of Values27:52 Shifting the Dance Culture29:25 Coping with Career Shifts33:22 Positive Coaching Approach35:55 Developing Mental Skills36:51 Applying Mental Skills to Life37:24 The Importance of Self-Awareness in Dance38:25 Mindset: Controlling the ControllablesConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Learn about Dr. Pierotti:https://chelseapierotti.comhttps://instagram.com/dr.chelsea.pierotti #Dancers #Dance #Injuries #Transitions #Grief #MentalSkills #Hypermobility #Podcast #BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD
4/25/202442 minutes, 20 seconds
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95. Pain Care Redefined: Non-Drug Therapies for Pain Relief with Heather Tick, MD

Dr. Heather Tick, a renowned pain expert, discusses non-drug therapies for pain relief; applying the principles of integrative medicine for comprehensive pain care. She emphasizes the need for education and understanding of pain neuroscience to empower patients. Dr. Tick also highlights the significance of nutrition in reducing chronic pain and inflammation. Additionally, she explores various modalities, such as acupuncture and manual therapies, as effective strategies for pain relief. Dr. Heather Tick discusses the impact of habits on movement and the importance of developing healthy movement practices. She also explores various modalities for pain relief, including heat, cold, Epsom salt baths, and movement therapies like yoga and Tai Chi. Dr. Tick emphasizes the role of mast cells in the stress response and the importance of managing diet to reduce mast cell activation. She discusses the effectiveness of laser therapy, ozone injections, and shockwave therapy for pain management. Dr. Tick also addresses the overprescription of medications and the potential benefits of supplements. She provides insights into the appropriate use of interventional pain management and the risks associated with steroid injections. Finally, she discusses the challenges of determining the expertise of medical professionals and the need for caution when considering regenerative medicine.TakeawaysIntegrative medicine takes a holistic approach to health, focusing on achieving overall well-being rather than just managing symptoms.Pain management should involve a comprehensive care plan that includes movement, education, nutrition, sleep, psychosocial support, modalities, medications, and supplements.Understanding pain neuroscience can help patients reframe their perception of pain and explore non-pharmacological strategies for pain relief.Nutrition plays a crucial role in reducing chronic pain and inflammation, and a whole-food, plant-based diet is recommended.Modalities such as acupuncture and manual therapies can provide effective pain relief and should be considered as part of a comprehensive pain management plan. Developing healthy movement habits is crucial for optimal movement.Heat, cold, Epsom salt baths, and movement therapies like yoga and Tai Chi can provide pain relief.Managing diet and reducing mast cell activation can help alleviate stress response.Laser therapy, ozone injections, and shockwave therapy may be effective for pain management.Caution is needed when considering the use of medications and supplements.Interventional pain management should be approached with strict criteria and careful consideration.Regenerative medicine shows promise but requires further research and careful selection of providers.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction to Dr. Heather Tick02:05 Understanding Integrative Medicine07:41 Redefining Pain Management10:31 The Importance of Education in Pain Care12:58 The Role of Nutrition in Pain Relief21:53 Exploring Different Modalities for Pain Relief53:56 Impact of Habits on Movement55:11 Benefits of Tai Chi56:34 Connective Tissue and Movement57:37 Role of Mast Cells in Stress Response58:10 Effectiveness of Laser Therapy01:00:35 Usefulness of Ozone Injections01:02:03 Effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy01:03:13 Overprescribed and Underutilized Medications01:03:44 Importance of Stopping Medications01:04:32 Impact of Proton Pump Inhibitors01:05:37 Role of Gut in Producing Neurotransmitters01:06:34 Importance of B Vitamins and Coenzyme Q1001:17:26 Evaluation of Interventional Pain Management01:19:16 Risks of Steroid Injections01:21:26 Appropriate Use of Regenerative Medicine01:25:30 Determining the Expertise of Medical Professionals01:31:28 Differentiating Flares from New Problems01:33:48 Challenges of IV Infusions and Regenerative MedicineConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  Learn more about Dr. Tickhttps://heathertickmd.com/https://www.facebook.com/heathertickmd/Heather Tick - YouTubeBuy Dr. Tick’s bookhttps://tinyurl.com/3na9zchpFibromyalgia and other pain conditionshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3236313/Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care: The Consortium Pain Task Force White Paper (Dr Tick is the first author)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830718300223Medical errorshttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28186008/https://nap.nationalacademies.org/resource/9728/To-Err-is-Human-1999--report-brief.pdfhttps://psnet.ahrq.gov/issue/incidence-adverse-events-and-negligence-hospitalized-patients-results-harvard-medicalSham acupuncturehttps://www.frontiersin.org/journals/neuroscience/articles/10.3389/fnins.2022.834112/fullAcupuncture in the emergency departmenthttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8896475/Risk of stroke after chiropractic manipulationhttps://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(14)00267-X/fulltextWUSTL program developed by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhDhttps://pt.wustl.edu/education/movement-system-impairment-syndromes-courses/Mast cells:  Versatile gatekeepers of painhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0161589014000546Carla Stecco, MD
4/11/20241 hour, 40 minutes, 11 seconds
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94. Support and Bracing for Hypermobile Joints with Susan Chalela, MPT, and Guest Cohost, Scott Borjeson

In this Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD podcast, Susan Chalela, MPT discusses support and bracing for hypermobile joints.  She shares how her personal and professional experience with joint hypermobility led her to develop the Finding Functional Foundations approach which is being taught as part of The Ehlers-Danlos Society EDS ECHO program. She emphasizes the importance of proper alignment and biomechanics in everyday activities and explains why traditional physical therapy approaches may not be effective for hypermobile patients. Susan also discusses the role of bracing and supports in providing stability and controlling motion. She explains the benefits of using different types of braces for the feet, ankles, pelvis, and neck, and emphasizes the need for proper sizing and education for both patients and physical therapists. Susan also shares her experience with durable medical equipment (DME) and provides recommendations for clinicians interested in offering bracing services. She concludes by highlighting the resources available for further education and support in the field of hypermobility.  Watching this episode on YouTube is recommended since there are some graphics used.  TakeawaysProper alignment and biomechanics are crucial for protecting joints and managing symptoms in hypermobile individuals.Traditional physical therapy approaches may not be effective for hypermobile patients and can even worsen symptoms.The Finding Functional Foundations approach focuses on teaching patients proper alignment and functional movement patterns.Bracing and supports can provide stability and control motion in hypermobile joints. Proper support and bracing can help manage symptoms and improve function in patients with hypermobility.Different types of braces are available for the feet, ankles, pelvis, and neck, and proper sizing is crucial for optimal support.Education and guidance are essential for both patients and physical therapists to ensure the correct use of braces and maximize their benefits.Clinicians interested in offering bracing services should consider the specific needs of their patients, stock commonly used sizes, and collaborate with DME suppliers.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction01:22 Background and Interest in Hypermobility11:56 Neurological Interest and Stroke Recovery16:23 Traditional Physical Therapy Approaches25:24 Importance of Bracing and Supports39:18 Feet and Ankle Support40:28 Pelvis Support43:32 Neck Braces51:46 Dispensing DME and Bracing56:56 Carrying Products in the Clinic01:02:59 Final Thoughts and ResourcesConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.🎧Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  Chalela Physical Therapy Institute for EDS and CCI/Cervical InstabilityBendy Bodies's Amazon PageEclipse Cervical Collar - Thuasne USAhttps://www.ehlers-danlos.com/echo/Patricia Stott, PT, DPT, ATC, CHT, CYT | MedBridgehttps://www.tamingthezebra.org/Hypermobility/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Educational Handouts#ZebraWarriors #ZebraStrong #HSD #PhysicalTherapy #EhlersDanlos #Podcast #BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #Bauerfeind 
4/4/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 28 seconds
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93. Unveiling Taming the Zebra: A Discussion with Physical Therapists Patricia Stott and Heather Purdin

This episode centers around unveiling 'Taming the Zebra', a book co-authored by physical therapists, Dr. Patty Stott and Heather Purdin.  The book aims to fill a void in understanding and provide therapists with the knowledge to effectively work with patients with hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS). It covers the impact of connective tissue disorders on various body systems and provides practical tips for modifying physical therapy approaches. The book emphasizes the importance of addressing primary issues and understanding the complexity of each individual's presentation. The chapters cover topics such as modifying movement for gentle exercise, addressing deconditioning and weakness, building confidence and safe strengthening programs, finding physical therapists open to working with EDS patients, expanding the toolkit for physical therapy, and more. TakeawaysThe book 'Taming the Zebra' fills a void in understanding and provides physical therapists with the knowledge to effectively work with patients with HSD and EDS.The book emphasizes the importance of addressing primary issues and understanding the individualized nature of each patient's presentation.A collaborative approach between therapists and patients is essential in managing overlapping problems and setbacks. Modifying movement can allow individuals with HSD and EDS to engage in gentle exercise and maintain movement despite physical limitations.Deconditioning and weakness are common issues for individuals with HSD and EDS, and addressing these problems requires a comprehensive approach that considers the underlying causes and individual goals.Physical therapists should approach treatment with intention, focusing on building confidence and creating safe strengthening programs tailored to the individual's needs.Expanding the toolkit of physical therapy techniques, such as neural rehabilitation and manual therapies, can improve outcomes for individuals with HSD and EDS.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction and Background01:58 Motivation for Writing the Book03:28 Challenges in Managing EDS and HSD06:08 Different Types of Hypermobility and Connective Tissue Disorders07:35 Approaching Physical Therapy for EDS and HSD09:21 Primary Treatment Approach and Identifying Key Issues21:04 Approaching Physical Therapy with Overlapping Problems22:48 Non-Linear Path of Physical Therapy31:01 Modifying Movement for Gentle Exercise31:21 Addressing Deconditioning and Weakness35:13 Neural Rehabilitation and Muscle Firing36:09 Steps to Successful Strengthening40:18 Expanding the Toolkit for Physical Therapy43:13 Approaching Stabilization and Alignment56:32 Hypermobility HacksConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  Virtual book event sign uphttps://www.tamingthezebra.orghttp://www.elevationwellness.co/www.goodhealthphysicaltherapy.com/clinic-staff/www.medbridge.com/heather-purdin-physical-therapyhttps://www.olagrimsby.com/courses-page/https://www.naiomt.comhttps://feldenkrais.comhttps://counterstrain.comhttps://frequencyspecific.comhttps://pt.wustl.edu/education/movement-system-impairment-syndromes-courses/where-in-the-world-is-shirley-sahrmann/#ZebraWarriors #ZebraStrong #HSD #PhysicalTherapy #EhlersDanlos #Podcast #TamingTheZebra#BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD 
3/7/202459 minutes, 23 seconds
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92. Empowering Zebra Warriors: THE Guide to Effective Physical Therapy for EDS and HSD with Lilian Holm, DPT

In this Bendy Bodies podcast episode, Dr. Lillian Holm discusses effective physical therapy for EDS and HSD and the importance of correcting function to achieve pain relief and tolerance for exercise. She explains why physical therapy may not always lead to the expected outcome, emphasizing the need for specialized therapists and individualized treatment. She addresses common misconceptions about physical therapy and highlights the importance of communication and realistic expectations. Dr. Linda Bluestein and Dr. Holm cover topics such as progress and setbacks, balancing stretching with strengthening, starting to walk again after severe limitations, physical therapy for scoliosis, and helpful resources and information. Dr. Holm also shares her favorite hypermobility hacks to help individuals stay motivated and achieve their goals.TakeawaysPhysical therapy can be highly beneficial for symptomatic joint hypermobility, providing pain relief and improving function.Finding a specialized physical therapist with expertise in hypermobility conditions is crucial for successful treatment.Misconceptions about physical therapy, such as the belief that it should be painful, can hinder progress.Individualized treatment plans and gradual progression are key to achieving the best outcomes in physical therapy.Open communication with the physical therapist and realistic expectations are essential for success.Chapters ➡00:00 Introduction to Dr. Lillian Holm01:15 What can physical therapy do for people with symptomatic joint hypermobility?04:19 Reasons why physical therapy may not lead to expected outcomes09:09 How to find the best possible physical therapist for EDS and HSD11:58 Misconceptions about physical therapy for joint hypermobility21:25 Approach for people who don't like to exercise25:41 Resetting the boom and bust cycle35:23 Metrics for measuring success in physical therapy50:18 Progress and Setbacks52:47 Balancing Stretching with Strengthening56:22 Starting to Walk Again58:12 Physical Therapy for Scoliosis01:01:04 Resources and Information01:02:23 Hypermobility HacksConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  Learn more about guest, Dr. Lilian Holm:https://www.lilianholm.com/https://www.instagram.com/hypermobilitydoctor/https://www.facebook.com/HypermobilityDRead her guest blog post for the Hypermobility MD website:https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/post/hypermobile-five-principles-to-make-physical-therapy-work-for-you#RareDiseaseDay #ZebraWarriors #ZebraStrong #HSD #PhysicalTherapy #EhlersDanlos #HypermobilityDoctor #Podcast#BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD 
2/29/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 33 seconds
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91. Hand Problems in EDS with Corinne McLees, OT and Hand Coach

In this episode, Dr. Linda Bluestein and Corinne McLees discuss hand problems in EDS including pain, weakness, and injuries.  This conversation covers various topics related to hand problems, including ring splints, hand exercises, avoiding strain and hyperextension, tips for traveling, challenges of the medical system for chronic pain, hand pain with writing, hand pain and numbness in sleep, thumb pain and De Quervain's tendonitis, cubital tunnel syndrome, TFCC tear, trigger finger and so much  more. TakeawaysHand pain, weakness, and injuries are common in individuals with joint hypermobility.Hand pain in connective tissue disorders can be caused by hypermobility, subluxations, nerve impingement, and arthritis.TheraPutty is a useful tool for strengthening hands.  Low profile hand support options include kinesio tape, silicone thumb supports, and the Push MetaGrip.Traditional therapies may not work for hand pain in hypermobility if the underlying hypermobility is not addressed.Ring splints can provide support and stability for hypermobile joints in the hands.Insurance coverage for ring splints may vary, and Silver Ring Splints is a US-based provider that offers insurance coverage options. Trigger finger occurs when the tissue surrounding a tendon becomes knotted, causing the tendon to catch and lock when the finger is flexed.Steroid injections combined with splinting can be effective in treating trigger finger, especially in acute cases.Trigger finger may be misdiagnosed in the hypermobile population, as it can be a result of subluxation rather than tissue accumulation.Hypermobility hacks include ergonomic hand movements, swimming, abdominal compression, and prioritizing daily movement.YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Overview01:38 Difference between Occupational and Physical Therapy04:44 Common Reasons for Hand Pain in Connective Tissue Disorders09:53 Approach to Hypermobility in Hands12:46 Strengthening Hands with TheraPutty20:55 Strengthening Hands without Overdoing It21:27 Reasons Traditional Therapies May Not Work for Hand Pain24:08 Low Profile Hand Support Options28:23 Ring Splints and Insurance Coverage38:34 Ring Splints and Plastic Splints40:33 Hand Exercises for Different Age Groups42:33 Avoiding Strain and Hyperextension45:21 Tips for Traveling with Hand Problems47:51 Challenges of the Medical System for Chronic Pain51:22 Hand Pain with Writing53:52 Hand Pain and Numbness in Sleep56:16 Thumb Pain and De Quervain's Tendonitis59:17 Cubital Tunnel Syndrome01:02:19 Torn Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC)01:06:14 Decuervain's Tendonitis01:09:17 TFCC Tear01:13:32 Trigger Finger01:17:31 Differentiating Trigger Finger from Subluxation01:18:38 Pulley Injuries in Rock Climbers01:19:25 Hypermobility Misdiagnosis01:20:46 Hypermobility HacksConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  Learn more about guest, Corinne McLees here:https://www.handcoachcorinne.com/Check out the items mentioned in episode 91 here:https://amzn.to/49FkaGYCheck out the Bendy Bodies Amazon Shop here:https://www.amazon.com/shop/hypermobilitymdLinks to other products:https://www.silverringsplint.com/https://www.evabellejewelry.com/https://bracelab.com/metagrip.html?utm_source=Affiliate+Partnership&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Corinne#HandPain #HandProblems #HandWeakness #WristPain#BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD 
2/22/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 31 seconds
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90. Decoding Brain Fog: Expert Insights with Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD

In this episode, Dr. Linda Bluestein interviews Dr. Ilene Ruhoy about causes of brain fog, as well as its relationship to various conditions such as mast cell activation syndrome, craniocervical instability, dysautonomia, and CSF leaks. She explains how these conditions contribute to cognitive dysfunction and the importance of identifying underlying causes. Dr. Ruhoy emphasizes the need for a comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment approach for patients experiencing brain fog.  They delve into the role of nutrition in cognitive function, emphasizing the impact of food choices on inflammation. They highlight the importance of avoiding processed foods and sugar, increasing vegetable consumption, and improving lifestyle factors.  Dr. Ruhoy shares surprising findings on the MRI of mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) patients. YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.TakeawaysBrain fog is characterized by cognitive difficulties such as slow thinking, difficulty learning and recalling information, and trouble focusing and paying attention.Conditions such as mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), craniocervical instability (CCI), dysautonomia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, and CSF leaks can contribute to cognitive dysfunction and brain fog.Intracranial hypertension (high pressure), hypotension (low pressure), and Tarlov cysts can also contribute to brain fog. Identifying the underlying causes of brain fog is crucial for developing an effective treatment plan.A comprehensive evaluation, including medical history, imaging studies, and laboratory tests, can help determine the contributing factors and guide treatment decisions. Applying knowledge gained from podcasts and research in clinical practice can help healthcare professionals provide better care to their patients.Making a meaningful difference in patients' lives is a rewarding aspect of being a healthcare professional.Nutrition plays a crucial role in cognitive function, and food choices can either be anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory.Avoiding processed foods and sugar, increasing vegetable consumption, and improving lifestyle factors can positively impact cognitive function.Chapters00:00 Introduction of Dr. Ilene Ruhoy01:57 Defining Brain Fog04:14 Risk Factors for Brain Fog09:42 Identifying Contributing Factors11:52 Cognitive Dysfunction and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome14:09 Cognitive Dysfunction and Craniocervical Instability18:18 Cognitive Dysfunction and CSF Leak22:59 Cognitive Dysfunction and Dysautonomia25:25 Cognitive Dysfunction and Upper Cervical Instability30:12 Cognitive Dysfunction and CSF Leak38:11 Applying Knowledge in Clinical Practice39:04 The Importance of Making a Meaningful Difference40:31 The Role of Nutrition in Cognitive Function42:38 The Impact of Food Choices on Inflammation43:44 Avoiding Processed Foods and Sugar44:38 The Role of Complex Carbohydrates and Dairy45:28 Increasing Vegetable Consumption46:44 Improving Lifestyle Factors47:09 Where to Find Dr. Ilene Ruhoy OnlineConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/13-healing-the-brain-holistically-with-ilene-ruhoy-md-phd/https://patreon.com/unraveledpodhttps://instagram.com/ileneruhoymdphd/https://twitter.com/RuhoyMDhttps://tiktok.com/ileneruhoymdphd#BrainFog #BrainFogAwareness #BrainHealth#FunctionalMedicine #NutritionForBrainHealth #InflammationAwareness#MastCellActivationSyndrome #MCAS #CSFLeakInsights #TarlovCystAwareness #TarlovCystWarrior#BendyBodiesPodcast #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD 
2/15/202448 minutes, 39 seconds
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89. Conquering the Sleep Struggle with Roger Seheult, MD

In this episode, Dr. Linda Bluestein interviews Dr. Roger Seheult about the importance of sleep for people with chronic illness, chronic pain, and joint hypermobility.  Dr Seheult, a quadruple board-certified physician with expertise in sleep medicine, discusses various topics related to sleep, including the circadian rhythm, the impact of light on sleep, the effect of blue light on sleep, ideal bedtime, the impact of electronics on sleep, the role of melatonin, and the timing of eating and its effect on sleep.  Other topics include challenges of working from home, sleep schedules and chronic illness, shifting sleep patterns, sleep apnea and its relationship with chronic illness, sleep medications, sleep watches and monitoring devices, sleep positions and joint instability, and the importance of sleep education in medical training. Dr. Seheult provides valuable insights and recommendations for improving sleep quality and managing sleep-related issues.YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.Takeaways:Sleep is crucial for people with chronic illness, chronic pain, and joint hypermobility.Understanding the circadian rhythm is important for optimizing sleep.Light, especially blue light, can significantly impact sleep quality.The suprachiasmatic nucleus plays a key role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle.Morning light exposure is important for setting the body's internal clock.The timing of eating can affect sleep quality.Establishing a consistent sleep schedule and avoiding late-night eating can improve sleep quality.Shifting sleep patterns can be challenging, especially for individuals with chronic illness.Sleep apnea is common in individuals with chronic illness and connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes.Home sleep studies can be effective in detecting sleep apnea, but in-lab studies may be necessary for individuals at higher risk of central apnea.Sleep medications should be used cautiously due to potential side effects and dependency issues.Sleep watches and monitoring devices can provide valuable insights into sleep patterns and quality.Proper sleep positions, pillows, and mattresses can help alleviate joint instability and pain during sleep.Education on sleep disorders and their relationship with chronic illness should be improved in medical training.Patient advocacy and sharing information through podcasts can help raise awareness and improve access to sleep education.Chapters00:00 Introduction of Dr. Roger Seheult03:22 Understanding the Circadian Rhythm07:02 Impact of Light on Sleep09:20 The Suprachiasmatic Nucleus and its Role in Sleep09:49 The Importance of Light for People with Chronic Illness13:35 The Effect of Blue Light on Sleep15:28 Ideal Bedtime for Optimal Sleep17:25 The Impact of Electronics on Sleep19:26 The Role of Melatonin in Sleep20:05 The Importance of Morning Light23:29 The Timing of Eating and its Effect on Sleep24:00 Challenges of Working from Home and Small Meals25:20 Sleep Schedule and Chronic Illness28:57 Falling Asleep While Watching TV31:49 Sleep Apnea and Chronic Illness39:05 Sleep Apnea and Temporomandibular Dysfunction44:09 EDS and Central Sleep Apnea44:30 Elevating the Head of the Bed45:23 Alignment Problems and Breathing47:37 Sleep Medications and Side Effects1:00:15 Supplements for Sleep1:02:01 Sleep Watches and Monitoring Devices1:03:01 Sleep Positions and Joint Instability1:04:46 Paresthesias and Numbness in Sleep1:05:11 Pillow Recommendations for Cervical Instability1:07:35 Waking Up in Pain1:09:58 Sympathetic Nervous System Activation1:12:23 Safety of Melatonin1:14:49 Improving Education on EDS and HSDConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  www.medcram.comhttps://www.youtube.com/@Medcramhttps://www.optum.com/care/locations/california.htmlhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6175781/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7052958/https://www.itamar-medical.com/professionals/watchpat-300/https://youtu.be/OIwHYaDyswA?si=xSOW5miP4otLEKR6#BendyBodiesPodcast 
2/8/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 26 seconds
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88. Service Dogs and Disability Rights with Tiffany Lee, JD

In this episode, Professor Tiffany Lee is interviewed about service dogs and disability rights and accommodations. They discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act, the definition of disability, and disability benefits. They also explore reasonable accommodations in the workplace and education settings, as well as the challenges and advocacy involved. The conversation covers topics such as disclosing disabilities to employers and universities, getting a service dog, dealing with unresponsive disability lawyers, appealing denied disability benefits, and correcting inaccuracies in medical records. The episode provides valuable insights and guidance for individuals with disabilities navigating legal and practical aspects of their rights and accommodations. Professor Lee wanted to clarify the following points from the discussion of Social Security disability. SSI places limits on assets ($2000 for an individual) and income. SSDI does not have an asset limit but requires the recipient not be able to engage in “substantial gainful activity,” which generally acts as an income limit. There is a “Ticket to Work” program called “Choose Work” available that provides some options similar to those in the earlier “Ticket to Work” program mentioned in this episode.YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.Key points discussed: **Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):** The conversation explores the ADA, a crucial piece of legislation that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and mandates reasonable accommodations.**Disability Benefits:** The episode delves into disability benefits, including the process of applying, appealing denied benefits, and addressing inaccuracies in medical records.**Workplace and Education Accommodations:** Reasonable accommodations in both workplace and education settings are explored, shedding light on the challenges and advocacy involved.**Disclosure to Employers and Universities:** Professor Tiffany Lee provides insights into the considerations and potential challenges of disclosing disabilities to employers and universities.**Service Dogs:** The episode discusses obtaining a service dog and the associated considerations.**Dealing with Disability Lawyers:** Challenges related to unresponsive disability lawyers are addressed, offering guidance on how to navigate such situations.**Financial Impact of Disability:** The limitations and financial impact of applying for disability, including asset limits and restrictions on work and income, are discussed.**Flaws in the Disability System:** Issues within the disability system, such as the poverty threshold and its impact on marriage, are highlighted.**Emergency Response Accessibility:** Making disaster and emergency response accessible to people with disabilities is discussed.Overall, the episode provides an exploration of the legal, practical, and personal aspects of disability rights and accommodations, offering valuable insights and guidance for individuals with disabilities.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Overview01:14 Americans with Disabilities Act03:28 Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace04:38 Determining Reasonable Accommodations09:07 Accommodations in High School and College11:22 Challenges with Disability Services in Education13:59 Advocating for Accommodations in Education16:36 Disclosing Disabilities to Employers and Universities19:03 Determining Job Compatibility with Accommodations21:03 Getting a Service Dog23:37 Regulations and Considerations for Service Dog Training36:33 Dealing with Unresponsive Disability Lawyers38:07 Appealing Denied Disability Benefits40:03 Legal Recourse for Undertreatment of Pain43:07 Accommodations for Productivity Standards43:45 Correcting Inaccuracies in Medical Records47:46 Knowing When to Get an Accommodation or Apply for Disability48:36 Considerations for Applying for Disability50:23 Assets and Poverty Threshold for Disability58:58 Making Disaster and Emergency Response Accessible01:02:44 Hypermobility Hack: Walking DeskConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources:  For disability rights in general: https://www.ada.gov and https://adata.org/For service dogs: https://www.ada.gov/resources/service-animals-2010-requirements/ and https://www.ada.gov/resources/service-animals-faqs/For disability rights in employment: https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada and https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/your-employment-rights-individual-disabilityhttps://choosework.ssa.gov/#BendyBodiesPodcast #HealthAdvocacy #DisabilityRights #ADAInsights #AccommodationsTalk #LegalAdvocacy #ServiceDogJourney #DisabilityBenefits #WorkforceChallenges 
2/1/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 39 seconds
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87. Disordered Eating in Dance with Josh Spell, LICSW, and Guest Co-Host Jennifer Milner

In this episode, psychologist Josh Spell discusses disordered eating in dance. Josh shares insights into the coping mechanisms behind eating disorders and offers advice for directors, teachers, and friends who suspect someone may be struggling with an eating disorder. YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.YOUR guest co-host is Jennifer Milner, former professional ballet and Broadway dancer and founder of Bodies In:Motion.  TakeawaysDancers, especially those with hypermobility, are at a higher risk for developing eating disorders due to the pressure to achieve a certain body image and the overlap with other mental health issues.Eating disorders are often coping mechanisms that provide a sense of control or avoidance of difficult emotions and stressors.The dance world's emphasis on perfectionism and sacrifice can contribute to the development of eating disorders.It is important for dance studios and companies to have protocols in place for addressing eating disorders and to provide support and resources for dancers.If you suspect someone may be struggling with an eating disorder, reach out to a trusted adult or professional for guidance and support.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Welcome00:30 Introducing Josh Spell01:36 Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Dancers03:09 The Relationship Between Hypermobility and Eating Disorders05:08 Understanding Eating Disorders as Coping Mechanisms08:00 The Intersection of Eating Disorders and Other Mental Health Issues10:35 The Impact of Social Media and Diet Culture on Eating Disorders13:25 Self-Image and Body Standards in the Dance World16:19 The Influence of Social Media and Zoom on Body Image20:25 Balancing Sacrifice and Suffering in the Dance World23:00 The Role of Dance Studios and Companies in Supporting Dancers' Mental Health27:13 Steps for Directors and Teachers to Take When Suspecting an Eating Disorder32:47 Steps for Friends and Loved Ones to Take When Suspecting an Eating Disorder36:31 Steps to Take If You Suspect You Have an Eating Disorder42:18 Hypermobility Hack: Giving the Eating Disorder a Persona45:12 Where to Find Josh Spell OnlineThis important conversation with Josh Spell about disordered eating in dance will leave you feeling more knowledgeable and better equipped to handle difficult situations.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority! 🧬🔬🦓Resources mentioned during the episode:Links for show notes:https://flexiblemindcounseling.org/https://www.instagram.com/spellbound20/https://www.linkedin.com/in/josh-spell-msw-licsw-07b17816/https://www.jennifer-milner.com/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741; Free crisis support, anywhere in USEating Disorder Helpline: Call or text 1.800.931.2237NEDA – National Eating Disorders Association: www.nationaleatingdisorders.orgNAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.orgProject Heal – https://www.theprojectheal.org/Find an Accredited Registered Dietitian (RDN) – www.eatright.org/find-an-expertFind a Therapist: www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists#Hypermobility #JointHypermobility #BalletLife #HypermobilityAware #DanceWellness #BodyPositiveBallet #HealthyDancer #BalletBodyLove #DancerTips #NutritionForDancers #EmpoweredDancer #NourishYourPassion #MindBodyBallet #BalancedDancerLife #hEDS #EhlersDanlos #HSD
1/24/202448 minutes, 9 seconds
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86. The Unfair EDS Journey with Amanda Cassil, PhD

In this episode, psychologist Dr. Amanda Cassil discusses the unfair EDS journey (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes) and provides strategies for effectively communicating with healthcare providers.  Dr. Cassil provides valuable insights and tools for navigating the healthcare system and improving the quality of life for individuals with chronic illnesses. In this conversation, Dr. Amanda Cassil and Linda Bluestein, MD discuss the challenges faced by patients with hypermobility disorders (like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes) and chronic illnesses.YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.TakeawaysApproach advocacy from a place of compassion and understandingRegulate your nervous system and slow down to make more intentional and strategic decisionsAcknowledge and process grief as a natural part of living with chronic illnessConsult with trusted individuals and healthcare providers for guidance and support.Collaboration between patients and healthcare providers can be challenging due to the merging of different knowledge and experiences.Patients can advocate for themselves by asking doctors how to prioritize and address multiple symptoms and issues.Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an effective tool for nervous system and emotional regulation.Patients should remember that their medical journey is often unfair, but there are healthcare providers working to make systemic changes.Chapters00:00 Introduction01:04 Motivation for Giving the Talk at the EDS Society Global Conference04:14 Advocacy and the Challenges of the Healthcare System07:16 Approaching Advocacy without Blame10:27 Grief and Acceptance in Chronic Illness13:34 Key Takeaways from the Talk18:04 The Role of the Prefrontal Cortex in Chronic Illness19:12 Neurodiversity and Advocacy20:12 Presenting Research to Doctors23:02 Dealing with Suboptimal Experiences with Clinicians26:09 Processing Traumatic Experiences29:16 The Role of Grief in Chronic Illness36:09 Coping with Traumatic Experiences40:36 Presenting Research to Doctors (Continued)46:27 Navigating the Challenges of Collaboration48:07 Addressing Multiple Symptoms and Issues53:42 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Nervous System and Emotional Regulation59:41 Finding Your Way Through an Unfair JourneyThis important conversation with Dr. Amanda Cassil about the unfair EDS journey will leave you feeling better equipped to handle difficult medical encounters.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD at https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/.   Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Resources mentioned during the episode:https://www.STEMpsychology.comhttps://www.instagram.com/stempsychology/https://www.linkedin.com/in/drcassilhttps://drgabormate.com/book/the-myth-of-normal/https://www.resmaa.com/merchhttps://www.besselvanderkolk.com/#HealthJourney #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #EhlersDanlos #HSD #JointHypermobility #HypermobileLife #MedicalGaslighting #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD  #BendyBodies #HealthAdvocacy #SupportPatients #PatientEmpowerment #HealthcareStruggles #WomenInStem #DisabledInStem 
1/18/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 50 seconds
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85. Making a MCAS Documentary with Drs. Weinstock, Dempsey, Bluestein, Afrin, Kinsella & Jill Brook, MA

In this Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD podcast episode, making a MCAS documentary is discussed.  Distinguished participants in this collaborative effort include Dr. Leonard Weinstock, Dr. Larry Afrin, Dr. Tania Dempsey, Dr. Laurence Kinsella, and Dr. Linda Bluestein, alongside dedicated patient advocate Jill Brook.   YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.Key Highlights:1. The initiative incorporates both a documentary and an online educational library strategically designed to elevate awareness surrounding MCAS, Dysautonomia, and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders.2. Renowned healthcare professionals, namely Dr. Leonard Weinstock, Dr. Larry Afrin, Dr. Tania Dempsey, Dr. Laurence Kinsella, and Dr. Linda Bluestein, in conjunction with patient advocate Jill Brook, are pivotal contributors to this initiative.3. The documentary aspires to elucidate the myriad challenges confronted by individuals navigating the complexities inherent in the triad of syndromes, emphasizing the imperative of heightened awareness among healthcare providers to facilitate more efficacious treatment modalities.4. Dr. Afrin underscores the prevalence of MCAS and advocates for its consideration in the differential diagnosis for patients with complex medical presentations.5. The term "dystrophism" is introduced within the discourse, signifying aberrations in growth and development propelled by dysfunctional mast cells.6. Participants candidly share their experiences during the documentary's filming process, underscoring the inherent difficulty of condensing intricate information into concise soundbites.7. The timely recognition of MCAS is underscored as a critical determinant for effective treatment interventions and an enhanced quality of life.8. The team is dedicated to elucidating the nuances of MCAS, POTS, and EDS through the medium of a documentary, with the aim of providing comprehensive knowledge about these medical conditions.9. Emphasis is placed on the significance of joint hypermobility. Should it give rise to complications, it may serve as a potential indicator for dysautonomia or MCAS.10. Dysautonomia serves as an encompassing term, inclusive of conditions such as POTS and Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia. 11. Identifying growing pains (quite literally!) associated with these conditions can be a challenging endeavor. The gradual development poses a considerable challenge for all involved.12. A fervent commitment is made towards establishing an educational repository, replete with in-depth explorations by experts, delving into the intricacies of these subjects.13. The team candidly discloses the necessity for financial support to conclude their documentary project. Their overarching objective is to disseminate awareness about MCAS, POTS, and EDS.14. The documentary, at its core, is designed to render this information easily accessible, ensuring that individuals – be they patients, families, or clinicians – can acquire a comprehensive understanding of coping with these conditions.Chapters00:00 Introduction00:37 Creating Awareness and Increasing Treatment Options03:09 The Birth of the Documentary Project05:20 Filming in New York07:19 Filming in St. Louis10:32 The Motivation to Work with Complex Patients15:49 The Journey of Recognizing MCAS17:34 The Impact of MCAS Treatment21:00 Personal Experiences and Incorporating MCAS Treatment22:42 The Need for an Educational Library25:29 The Challenge of Condensing Information26:21 Describing MCAS in Sound Bites31:10 The Importance of Raising Awareness34:42 Growth and Development Abnormalities in MCAS40:03 Main Points about Hypermobility Syndromes and Dysautonomia44:48 Partnership with LDN Research Trust51:47 Final Words and Call for Support54:26 Recognition and Treatment of Unrecognized Patients55:44 Importance of Learning and Trying56:13 Gratitude for Dedicated Doctors56:47 Closing Remarks and ResourcesConnect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://www.mcasfund.org/https://aimcenterpm.com/https://www.gidoctor.net/leonard-weinstock-mdhttps://www.ssmhealth.com/find-a-doctor/doctor-details/laurence-j-kinsella-mdhttps://www.hypermobilitymd.com/https://www.standinguptopots.org/#MCAS #film #documentary #HealthJourney #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #EhlersDanlos #HSD #JointHypermobility #HypermobileLife #POTS #Dysautonomia #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD  #BendyBodies #UnexplainedHealthIssues #POTSsyndrome #MastCells #PainManagement  #PatientAdvocacy
1/11/202457 minutes, 19 seconds
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84. Slipping Rib Surgery in EDS with Adam Hansen, MD

In this episode, join thoracic surgeon and chest wall reconstruction expert Adam Hansen, MD, to learn about slipping rib surgery in EDS.  Well known for his innovative surgeries for slipping rib syndrome (SRS), Dr Hansen has treated close to 1000 SRS patients.  Many of his patients are challenged with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and other skeletal hypermobility disorders.  YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.TakeawaysSlipping rib syndrome and other chest wall disorders are often related to skeletal hypermobility.Evaluation and diagnosis of chest wall problems require a thorough physical exam and imaging, such as CT scans.Symptoms of chest wall compression syndromes include pain, breathing difficulties, and organ dysfunction.Emerging areas of discovery include posterior joint disorders and bridging cartilage separation.Self-help strategies, such as improving posture and specific exercises, can help manage chest wall problems and potentially avoid surgery. Maintaining good posture and performing exercises that strengthen the back can help alleviate slipping rib syndrome.Taping strategies and lifestyle changes, such as using lumbar pillows and sit-to-stand desks, can provide relief and improve posture.Avoid high velocity manipulation, as it can exacerbate slipping rib syndrome.Candidates for surgery should have a strong core, realistic expectations, and should reduce or eliminate the use of pain medications before the procedure.The Hansen 3.0 technique is the preferred surgical procedure for slipping rib syndrome, offering better outcomes compared to previous techniques.The surgery has a low rate of complications, with the most common being collapsed lungs, hematomas, and wound infections.There is no significant difference in outcomes between patients with hypermobility spectrum disorder and those with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.The likelihood of recurrence or additional slipped ribs after repair is low when the surgery is performed correctly.Physicians should be aware of slipping rib syndrome and other chest wall problems and stay updated on the latest techniques and treatments. Dr. Adam Hansen teaches other surgeons how to address slipping ribs and complex chest wall reconstruction.He has built a network of surgeons around the world to provide local treatment options for patients.There is a correlation between cervical instability and slipping ribs, and both are part of the broader issue of hypermobility and skeletal disorders.Focusing on key areas for stability, such as the core, can have a significant impact on overall care and muscle strength.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Warm-up01:03 Background and Expertise of Dr. Adam Hansen03:14 Understanding Slipping Rib Syndrome and Other Chest Wall Disorders09:32 Relationship Between Chest Wall Disorders and Skeletal Hypermobility14:01 Evaluation and Diagnosis of Chest Wall Problems21:16 Symptoms and Impact of Chest Wall Compression Syndromes24:49 Emerging Areas of Discovery in Slipping Rib Syndrome28:47 Evaluation of Chest Wall Problems: Physical Exam and Imaging36:37 Abdominal Compression Syndromes and Chest Wall Disorders41:19 Self-Help Strategies and Avoiding Surgery43:48 Posture and Exercise45:09 Taping Strategies and Lifestyle Changes46:23 Avoiding High Velocity Manipulation48:08 Qualifications for Surgery51:18 Preparing for Surgery53:21 Surgical Procedures58:08 The Hansen 3.0 Technique01:01:18 Outcomes and Complications01:20:06 Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and EDS01:21:09 Male-Female Differences01:22:11 Recurrence and Additional Slipped Ribs01:23:49 Physician Awareness and Education01:24:58 Teaching Other Surgeons01:26:05 Building a Network of Surgeons01:26:50 Correlation Between Cervical Instability and Slipping Ribs01:28:38 Hypermobility and Skeletal Disorders01:29:59 Key Areas for Stability01:30:17 Hypermobility Hacks01:31:00 Finding Dr. Adam Hansen Online01:33:33 Closing RemarksThis important conversation with Dr. Adam Hansen about surgery for slipping rib syndrome and other chest wall problems will leave you feeling more knowledgeable and with a better understanding of the key factors to consider when contemplating surgery for these painful conditions.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:http://www.youtube.com/@adamhansen6524Slipping Rib Syndrome Physical Examination   SD 480p:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na69xXUZGhg
1/4/20245 seconds
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83. Expert Insights: Breath Work in Pain Management with Jill Miller

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is Jill Miller, author of the book 'Body by Breath: The Science and Practice of Physical and Emotional Resilience.'  Jill has 30 years of corrective movement expertise that forges links between the worlds of yoga, massage, athletics, and pain management. Her signature self-care fitness programs, Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® are found at gyms, yoga studios, hospitals, athletic training facilities and corporations worldwide. Jill is the former anatomy columnist for Yoga Journal, has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Shape, Women’s Health, O, the Today Show, and is a contributing expert on the Oprah Winfrey Network. YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.TakeawaysJill Miller's book 'Body by Breath' is a comprehensive guide to physical and emotional resilience.Bendy bodies should care about fascia because it is the organizing tissue of the entire body and affects mobility and stability.Self-mobilization and self-myofascial release are important for bendy bodies to address tension and enhance proprioception.The five P's of the parasympathetic nervous system (perspective, place, position, pace of breath, and palpation) can help induce relaxation and enhance body awareness.The low back decompression exercise using therapy balls can provide relief and improve proprioception for bendy bodies. Improving core strength and breathing is essential for hypermobile bodies.Understanding zone one, zone two, and zone three breathing can help manage pain, movement, and emotional states.Self-fascial treatments, such as deep gut and rib massage, can improve breathing and alleviate hypertonicity.Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.Community support and engagement are crucial for managing hypermobility.High-intensity interval training can improve aerobic capacity and overall well-being for hypermobile individuals.  It is highly recommended to have individual guidance for this.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:01 Inspiration for Writing the Book09:11 Organization of the Book13:30 Why Bendy Bodies Should Care About Fascia15:40 Starting with Limited Budget19:02 Helpful Exercises for Bendy Bodies23:27 Addressing Mixed Picture of Bendiness and Stiffness28:07 The Five P's of the Parasympathetic Nervous System36:14 Low Back Decompression Exercise46:07 Improving Core Strength and Breathing51:41 Understanding Zone One, Zone Two, and Zone Three Breathing57:29 Self-Fascial Treatments for Better Breathing01:00:10 Managing Hypermobility Symptoms01:03:35 Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Acute Pain01:09:10 The Power of Community and High-Intensity Interval TrainingThis important conversation with Jill Miller about using the breath to reduce pain will leave you feeling more knowledgeable and with a better understanding of the contributing factors to suboptimal pain control.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at https://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/.      YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:www.tuneupfitness.comhttps://thereadystate.com/https://thereadystate.com/product/becoming-a-supple-leopard-2nd-edition/https://fasciaguide.com/experts/carla-stecco/https://jen.health/https://www.tuneupfitness.com/shop/online-course/roll-into-hiithttps://patternpt.com/https://www.youtube.com/@TuneUpFitnesshttps://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Bendy-People-Optimizing-Hypermobility/dp/B0B2TSN3W3/ref
12/21/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 15 seconds
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82. The Impact of Clinician-Associated Trauma on EDS and HSD with Colin Halverson, PhD

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is Colin Halverson, PhD.  He received his Ph.D. in linguistic and medical anthropology from the University of Chicago, where he studied communication issues in medical genetics, based on fieldwork at Mayo Clinic. At Chicago, he also completed a fellowship in clinical ethics, and then a postdoctoral fellowship in medical ethics at Vanderbilt. He is currently a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, where his research focuses on ethical care for patients with rare disease, in particular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.Takeaways Patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome often face an antagonistic relationship with healthcare professionals, leading to mistrust and negative health outcomes. The diagnostic odyssey experienced by patients with EDS can be likened to a hero's journey, characterized by challenges, misdiagnoses, and a long path to diagnosis. The panoply of symptoms in EDS and the complexity of chronic pain make it difficult for patients to describe their experiences and receive appropriate care. Clinician-associated traumatization is a distinct construct that captures the negative experiences and trauma patients with EDS face in their interactions with healthcare professionals. Building a trustworthy team of clinicians and seeking support from the EDS community can help patients navigate the challenges of their condition and improve their healthcare experiences. Chapters00:00 Introduction00:29 Dr. Halverson's Background and Research Interest03:02 The Hero's Journey of Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome05:51 Challenges Faced by Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome07:02 Antagonistic Relationship with Healthcare Professionals08:29 Impact of Antagonistic Relationship on Patients09:47 Triggers for Transition into Unbearable Symptoms12:36 The Panoply of Symptoms in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome13:44 Importance of Panoply of Symptoms in Diagnosis15:22 Challenges in Describing Multi-Systemic Symptoms16:26 Numeric Pain Scales and the Complexity of Chronic Pain19:40 Research on Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome20:39 Research on Other Forms of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome23:56 Failure of Empathy in Patient-Provider Relationships27:24 Worse Health Outcomes and Trust Issues28:06 Impact of Failure of Empathy on Patients30:33 Dealing with Antagonistic Relationships31:45 The Isolation and Invisibility of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome36:12 Clinician-Associated Traumatization and its Differences from Other Constructs39:21 Surprising Aspects of the Research42:01 Recommendations for Patients with Clinician-Associated Traumatization45:01 Future Directions of Research49:04 Closing RemarksThis important conversation with Dr. Halverson about clinician-associated trauma in patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) will leave you feeling better prepared to advocate for the care you need.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, articles, and services mentioned in this episode:https://bioethics.iu.edu/people/colin-halverson.htmlhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34524722/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmqr.2023.100237Dr. Halverson can be reached at [email protected].#InvisibleIllness #HealthJourney #PatientAdvocacy #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #EhlersDanlos #HSD #JointHypermobility #HypermobileLife #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #BendyBodies #EhlersDanlosResearch #MedicalGaslighting #PatientSupport #ResearchOpportunity #DiagnosticJourney
12/14/202352 minutes, 45 seconds
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81. Foot Pain 101: Everything You Need to Know with EDS and HSD with Lisa Ralston, PT

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is Lisa Ralston, a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience in orthopedics, bendy bodies, and sports medicine. Since 2009, she has traveled internationally treating Team USA Olympians and World level figure skaters. Lisa was the physical therapist for Team USA figure skating for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.  Lisa is the owner and founder of Ralston Physical Therapy and Wellness in Arvada, CO. YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD.Takeaways Posture and alignment play a crucial role in foot pain in people with joint hypermobility. Orthotics can be an effective intervention for managing foot pain in hypermobile patients. Assessing and addressing foot pain early in children can prevent the development of other pain problems. Proper shoe selection and tying techniques are important for managing foot pain. Failed physical therapy may be due to a lack of addressing all systems and factors contributing to the condition. Orthotics can fail if they are not properly assessed and customized to the individual's foot flexibility and posture. Over-the-counter orthotics can be a more affordable option, but it is important to choose ones that provide proper support and alignment. Self-mobilization exercises, such as using a foam ball to mobilize the foot joints, can help improve foot mobility and relieve pain. Addressing foot stability and proprioception is crucial for maintaining proper foot alignment and preventing issues related to hypermobility. Hypermobility in ice skaters is a specific topic that may be worth exploring in a future episode. Foot problems are common and can cause significant discomfort and pain. Proper lacing techniques can help alleviate foot pain and discomfort. Lisa Ralston provides valuable insights and tips for managing foot problems. Chapters00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction02:05 Causes of Foot Pain in People with Joint Hypermobility06:12 Approach to Hypermobility Patients08:18 Common Causes of Foot Pain10:10 Pain Begets Pain11:36 Approach to Hypermobile Patients14:59 Orthotics for Children17:02 Different Approach for Hypermobile Patients19:06 Assessment and Treatment of Foot and Ankle21:00 Shoe Selection and Tying Techniques23:19 Different Foot Types and Shoe Recommendations26:31 Importance of Firm Heel Counter in Shoes27:45 Tying Shoes Properly31:40 Recommended Shoe Brands34:53 Orthotics and Failed PT39:51 Addressing Failed PT47:51 Orthotics and Failed Orthotics53:48 Over-the-Counter Orthotics56:06 Self-Mobilization of Feet01:08:46 Hypermobility in Ice Skaters01:09:16 Hypermobility Hacks01:09:26 Foot Problems and Solutions01:10:21 Lacing Techniques for Foot Comfort01:10:54 Finding More Information OnlineThis important conversation about foot pain and orthotics in people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and other hypermobility conditions will leave you feeling more knowledgeable, better prepared to advocate for the care you need, and with a better understanding of the contributing factors to suboptimal foot function.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them.Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://lisaralstonpt.janeapp.com/https://www.bauerfeind.com/b2c/https://www.oofos.com/https://www.abeofootwear.com/https://www.humanlocomotion.com/https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_uhttps://www.hoka.com/en/us/https://www.aetrex.com/homehttps://yoursole.com/ushttps://www.vasylimedical.com/https://www.birkenstock.com/ushttps://www.nike.com/https://www.saucony.com/en/homehttps://naot.com/https://www.keenfootwear.com/https://www.merrell.com/US/en/homehttps://www.chacos.com/US/en/homehttps://www.mephisto.com/us/https://www.theballetblog.com/about-us/lisa-howell/https://nyulangone.org/locations/harkness-center-for-dance-injurieshttps://www.vasylimedical.com/products/easyfithttps://www.humanlocomotion.com/product/peel-and-stick-balances-sesamoid-balance/
12/7/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 51 seconds
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80. A Multidimensional Approach to EDS and HSD Care with Dacre Knight, MD

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is Dacre Knight, MD.  Dr. Knight established a specialty clinic for treating patients with hypermobility syndromes including hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and hypermobility syndrome disorder (HSD) at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida in 2019.  YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. Explored in this episode:·  What specialty evaluations are most important for patients with hypermobility syndromes·  What tests he feels are most helpful for patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) and HSD·  How they determine when to perform genetic testing and the findings in this group of patients·  How his approach has evolved since the clinic’s inception in 2019·  The research that he has conducted and relevant findings·  The role of autoimmunity in EDS and HSD· Findings in patients with orthostatic intolerance vs Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)·  The role of the immune system in symptomatic joint hypermobility·  The relationship with fibromyalgia·  What percentage of patients are diagnosed with hEDS vs HSD·  What he says to people who assume that HSD is a less serious conditionThis important conversation about Dr. Knight’s approach to the evaluation and treatment of hEDS and HSD will leave you feeling more knowledgeable, better prepared to advocate for the care you need, and with a better understanding of the evaluation process.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Newsfeed | Mayo Clinic ConnectEhlers-Danlos Syndrome Clinic in Florida - Overview - Mayo Clinichttps://www.mayoclinic.org/biographies/knight-dacre-m-d/bio-20477206https://x.com/knidac?s=21https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2023.1096180/fullhttps://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s42399-022-01218-w.pdfhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35687402/https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/healthcare-professionals-directory/#BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #POTSawareness #HolisticHealth #MayoClinicJax#SpecialtyClinic #HealthInnovation #WholeBodyTreatment #MedicalCollaboration#InvisibleIllness #PatientAdvocacy #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #EhlersDanlos #HSD #JointHypermobility
11/30/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 2 seconds
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79. Gastrointestinal Problems in Hypermobile EDS: Learning to Treat and Spot them with Leonard Weinstock, MD

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is gastroenterologist Leonard Weinstock, MD, author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles.  His extensive research on MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon has been presented at national and international conferences. He is actively researching the connection of the gut and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with several medical problems, including restless legs syndrome (RLS) and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. He presented several lectures in Oregon at the first SIBO symposium and in France at the international rosacea study group.YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. Explored in this episode:·  What can cause abdominal pain in those with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes), MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) and/or dysautonomia (syndromes like POTS - Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) ·  How gastrointestinal tract symptoms and extraintestinal problems like RLS (restless leg syndrome), rosacea, and interstitial cystitis are related·  What unique treatments are available for restless leg syndrome, rosacea, and interstitial cystitis·  How Dr. Weinstock’s medical practice evolved after becoming “MCAS aware, POTS aware and EDS aware” ·  What correlations exist between Crohn's disease, irritable bowel disease and RLS·  Why it is so crucially important to listen to AND believe our patients·  How Mast Cell Activation Disease and MCAS differ from one another·  Why the term “syndrome” can be problematic·  What environmental factors can play a role in MCAS·  When to suspect a compression syndrome (like Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome or MALS, Nutcracker Syndrome, or pelvic congestion syndrome), visceroptosis (drooping of the intestines) or gastroparesis·  What testing can be performed for MCAS and the significance of tryptase levels ·  How YOU can help support our nonprofit documentary film and free online educational library, Still Standing.   The goal of our documentary film and free online educational library is to promote wider awareness and physician education about three complex chronic conditions, MCAS, dysautonomia and hypermobility syndromes. Better recognition will help patients get treatment and hope for a better quality of life.This important conversation about extraintestinal manifestations of gastrointestinal diseases will leave you feeling more knowledgeable, better prepared to advocate for the care you need, and with a better understanding of the interaction of the gastrointestinal system with other bodily systems.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://www.gidoctor.net/provider/leonard-weinstock-mdhttps://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/34-highlighting-gi-disorders-with-leonard-weinstock-md/https://www.mcasfund.org/https://www.nowleap.com/leap/https://www.ifm.org/https://ldnresearchtrust.org/https://www.ldnscience.org/https://www.genebygene.com/ #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #GITract #EDSInsights #EhlersDanlos #GastroHealth #ChronicIllness #MCAS #MCAD #PotsSyndrome  #RestlessLegSyndrome #LowDoseNaltrexone #MALS #CrohnsDisease #GutHealth #HypermobilityPodcast #PodcastDiscoveries #EDSdoctor #CompressionSyndrome
11/16/202358 minutes, 21 seconds
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79. Gastrointestinal Problems in Hypermobile EDS: Learning to Treat and Spot them with Leonard Weinstock, MD

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is gastroenterologist Leonard Weinstock, MD, author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles.  His extensive research on MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon has been presented at national and international conferences. He is actively researching the connection of the gut and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with several medical problems, including restless legs syndrome (RLS) and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. He presented several lectures in Oregon at the first SIBO symposium and in France at the international rosacea study group.YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. Explored in this episode:·  What can cause abdominal pain in those with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes), MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) and/or dysautonomia (syndromes like POTS - Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) ·  How gastrointestinal tract symptoms and extraintestinal problems like RLS (restless leg syndrome), rosacea, and interstitial cystitis are related·  What unique treatments are available for restless leg syndrome, rosacea, and interstitial cystitis·  How Dr. Weinstock’s medical practice evolved after becoming “MCAS aware, POTS aware and EDS aware” ·  What correlations exist between Crohn's disease, irritable bowel disease and RLS·  Why it is so crucially important to listen to AND believe our patients·  How Mast Cell Activation Disease and MCAS differ from one another·  Why the term “syndrome” can be problematic·  What environmental factors can play a role in MCAS·  When to suspect a compression syndrome (like Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome or MALS, Nutcracker Syndrome, or pelvic congestion syndrome), visceroptosis (drooping of the intestines) or gastroparesis·  What testing can be performed for MCAS and the significance of tryptase levels ·  How YOU can help support our nonprofit documentary film and free online educational library, Still Standing.   The goal of our documentary film and free online educational library is to promote wider awareness and physician education about three complex chronic conditions, MCAS, dysautonomia and hypermobility syndromes. Better recognition will help patients get treatment and hope for a better quality of life.This important conversation about extraintestinal manifestations of gastrointestinal diseases will leave you feeling more knowledgeable, better prepared to advocate for the care you need, and with a better understanding of the interaction of the gastrointestinal system with other bodily systems.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://www.gidoctor.net/provider/leonard-weinstock-mdhttps://www.bendybodiespodcast.com/34-highlighting-gi-disorders-with-leonard-weinstock-md/https://www.mcasfund.org/https://www.nowleap.com/leap/https://www.ifm.org/https://ldnresearchtrust.org/https://www.ldnscience.org/https://www.genebygene.com/ #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #GITract #EDSInsights #EhlersDanlos #GastroHealth #ChronicIllness #MCAS #MCAD #PotsSyndrome  #RestlessLegSyndrome #LowDoseNaltrexone #MALS #CrohnsDisease #GutHealth #HypermobilityPodcast #PodcastDiscoveries #EDSdoctor #CompressionSyndrome
11/16/202358 minutes, 21 seconds
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78. Uncovering Inequality in Healthcare with Brianna Cardenas, DMSC, PA-C

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is Brianna Cardenas, DMSC, PA-C, ATC and the founder of Healed and Empowered.  Brianna courageously shares her own personal journey with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), cervical instability, spinal CSF leak, and dysautonomia, shedding light on the mistreatments she endured - both as a patient and a healthcare professional. YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. Explored in this episode:·  Inequality in healthcare and how we can best advocate for ourselves·  Why we should prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical spaces ·  The need for personal responsibility when learning about sensitive topics ·  Discrimination and power dynamics in the healthcare setting ·  Handling microaggressions·  Addressing internalized ableism  ·  The importance of outward visible signs of safety for marginalized groups such as LGBTQ plus and BIPOCThis important conversation about inequality in healthcare will leave you feeling more informed, better prepared to tackle that next step, and with a better understanding of the multitude of factors that can impact the healthcare you receive.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://www.healedandempowered.com/ #Podcast #EDSPodcast #HealthcareInequality #LGBTQ #BIPOC #Hypermobility #HypermobilityPodcast #HypermobilityMD #BendyBuddy  #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #InvisibleIllness #HypermobileHacks #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #EhlersDanlos #PainManagementJourney #EDSdoctor
11/9/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 8 seconds
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77. Neurosurgical Insights from Paolo Bolognese, MD and Guest Cohost Pradeep Chopra, MD

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is neurosurgeon, Paolo Bolognese, MD, founder of the Chiari Neurosurgical Center in New York.  Dr. Bolognese is also on the Board of Directors of the American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, Inc. (ASAP), on the Scientific Education and Advisory Board of the Chiari Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF), and is a member of the International Consortium on EDS, HSD, and Related Disorders. The Chiari EDS Center is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of Chiari I Malformation, Syringomyelia, Craniocervical Instability, Tethered Cord, Eagle Syndrome, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, and Intracranial Hypotension.  Dr Bolognese’s surgical experience includes more than 1,600 Chiari Decompressions and 900 Craniocervical Fusions, 300 of which with condylar screws.  He is on the Board of the main national and international organizations focused on Chiari and Syringomyelia and has also made contributions in the field of Intraoperative Ultrasound and Laser Doppler Flowmetry.YOUR guest co-host is Pradeep Chopra, MD, Harvard-trained anesthesiologist double Board Certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology, Director of the Center for Complex Conditions and Assistant Professor, Brown Medical School with a special interest in chronic complex pain conditions and their associated co-existing conditions. YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. Explored in this episode:·   How Dr Bolognese discovered the link between Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) and Chiari I malformation ·   Why people with EDS are at increased risk of craniocervical instability·   What type of imaging he prefers for the evaluation of Chiari I malformation and/or cervical instability ·   Why he started performing surgery for Eagle’s Syndrome ·   Why he feels invasive cervical traction is an essential part of the neurosurgical evaluation for upper cervical spine problems·   Causes of elevated intracranial pressure This episode is really special as it is rare to get a neurosurgeon's point of view outside of a medical appointment.  It may be easier for you to have the transcript in front of you while you are watching this episode of the Bendy Bodies Podcast on our YouTube channel or listening to this episode on your favorite podcast player.  Dr. Bolognese uses his hands a lot for demonstration so you may find watching this episode on YouTube beneficial.This important conversation about neurosurgical problems will leave you feeling hopeful, prepared to tackle that next step, with a better understanding of the multitude of factors that can impact symptoms.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://chiariedscenter.com/ #Hypermobility #EDSpodcast #JawPain #TMD #TMJ #HypermobilityPodcast #HypermobilityMD #BendyBuddy  #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #InvisibleIllness #HypermobileHacks #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PainManagementJourney #PhysicalTherapy #EDSdoctor
11/2/20232 hours, 12 minutes, 46 seconds
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76. Orofacial Pain with Robinson-Smith, DDS

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is Julie Robinson-Smith, DDS, diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and an instructor of Orofacial Pain at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Dental Medicine.  Following dental school, she served in the US Air Force for five years as a general dentist. After her time in the Air Force, she completed a two-year residency in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr Smith is also Dr. Bluestein’s amazing TMD doctor!  YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. Explored in this episode:·  Why the jaw is problematic so frequently in those with joint hypermobility·  How ligamentous laxity contributes to jaw dysfunction ·  The influence of hormones and puberty on jaw pain and function ·  Open locking - what is it and how can you reduce the risk?·  How you can make dental visits less traumatic This important conversation about orofacial pain will leave you feeling hopeful, prepared to tackle that next step, with a better understanding of the multitude of factors that can impact pain in the teeth, jaw pain, and open and closed locking.   Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://www.ofpcos.com/ #Hypermobility #EDSpodcast #JawPain #TMD #TMJ #HypermobilityPodcast #HypermobilityMD #BendyBuddy  #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #InvisibleIllness #HypermobileHacks #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PainManagementJourney #PhysicalTherapy #EDSdoctor
10/19/202340 minutes, 33 seconds
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75. Cervical Instability: Thinking Beyond the Neck with Patty Stott, DPT

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, YOUR guest is Patricia Stott, DPT, physical therapist with expertise in Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and related conditions.  Dr Stott and Dr Bluestein presented together on integrative approaches to pain management at the EDS Society Global Learning Conference in August 2023 in Dublin, Ireland.  Dr Stott is the founder of Elevation Wellness, and is also trained in visceral manipulation, neural manipulation, fascial Counterstrain, Craniosacral Therapy, and is certified in Reiki.  She is currently enrolled in a PhD program for integrative medicine.  YOUR host, as always, is Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. Explored in this episode:·  Whether or not hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) have different clinical presentations·  Severity of presentation versus the severity of instability·  How inflammation impacts cervical instability·  How dysfunction in other bodily systems can impact cervical instability ·  Treatment options beyond “usual” physical therapy and surgery  This important conversation about causes of cervical instability beyond the neck will leave you feeling hopeful, prepared to tackle that next step, with a better understanding of the multitude of factors that can impact instability of the neck.   Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!Products, organizations, and services mentioned in this episode:https://chalelapti.com/about-us/https://peterattiamd.com/outlive/https://www.posturalrestoration.com/https://www.uprightmrico.com/https://www.asha.org/practice-portal/clinical-topics/orofacial-myofunctional-disorders/https://www.tarlovcystfoundation.org/https://www.elevationwellness.co/ #Hypermobility #EDSpodcast #HypermobilityPodcast #HypermobilityMD #BendyBuddy  #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #InvisibleIllness #HypermobileHacks #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PainManagementJourney #PhysicalTherapy #PhysicalTherapists #EDSdoctor
10/12/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 12 seconds
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74. Podcast Secrets and Sneak Peeks with Guest Host Kate Colbert

It's YOUR time to access information that #BendyBodies need, crave, and deserve. Medical insights, science-based information, inspiring stories, empathy and support, hypermobility hacks, and news you can use. In this episode, where we close out Season 3 of the podcast and kick off Season 4, YOUR guest (and host!) is Bendy Bodies founder, Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD. YOUR guest co-host – serving up questions to Dr. Bluestein – is Kate Colbert, outspoken EDS advocate, world-renowned marketer, and award-winning healthcare and higher-education writer.  Explored in this episode: How the Bendy Bodies Podcast has evolved since its founding in 2020 from a resource for hypermobile dancers to a resource for EVERYONE with hypermobility (and their medical providers too!).  What it’s like for Dr. Bluestein to be a physician who treats hypermobile patients AND a podcaster and social media icon in the hypermobility community. Learn the truth about the challenge of educating hundreds of thousands of people vs. working one-on-one with someone in the clinic setting.  The perfect Bendy Bodies episodes for “newbies” – where to start listening and why – if you’re new to a hypermobility disorder diagnosis or suspicion. Run-away BEST episodes in terms of listenership and the “buzz.” Dr. Bluestein’s favorite part of working with other professionals who care so much about hypermobile patients. What excitement YOU can look forward to in Season 4 of the Bendy Bodies Podcast!  This important conversation about the beginnings (and the future) of the Bendy Bodies Podcast featuring the Hypermobility MD will leave you feeling inspired, prepared to get more from this community, and with a better understanding of how to use this platform to improve your health.  Connect with YOUR Bendy Specialist, Linda Bluestein, MD! Thank YOU so much for tuning in. We hope you found this episode informative, inspiring, useful, validating, and enjoyable. Join us on the next episode for YOUR time to level up your knowledge about hypermobility disorders and the people who have them. Join YOUR Bendy Bodies community at www.BendyBodiesPodcast.com. YOUR bendy body is our highest priority!  #EDSdoctor #DrBluestein #KateColbert #Hypermobility #EDSpodcast #HypermobilityPodcast #Podcast #HypermobilityMD #Bendy #BendyBuddy #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #EDS #EhlersDanlos 
10/5/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 19 seconds
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73. Understanding Lower Extremity Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD

The lower extremities must bear the weight of our whole bodies. Problems in the hip may cause a chain reaction of aches, imbalances, or chronic issues that could manifest in the knee, ankle, or somewhere else along the kinetic chain.Continuing our series on pain with Dr. Pradeep Chopra, we explore the hips, knees, ankles and feet, diving into multiple possible causes of issues in these joints.Dr. Chopra discusses why rolling of the ankles is unhealthy, even if it’s asymptomatic, explains how pain in one part of the leg may be due to an issue in a different joint, and explores why and how you might correct knee hyperextension.Dr. Chopra dives into the hip joint structure, outlining possible reasons for hip subluxation. He shares different ways to treat SI joint pain, and offers practical suggestions for dealing with multiple lower extremity pain issues.Filled with detailed information, accessible medical explanations, and Dr. Chopra’s popular “hack” tips, this episode belongs on your must-listen list!Learn more about Dr. Chopra here.Check out the products discussed during this episode:https://pedagusa.com/https://medspec.com/product-category/knee/patellofemoral/https://www.bauerfeind.com/https://www.drmartens.com/us/en/https://www.converse.com/#Podcast #HypermobilityHacks #HypermobilitySyndrome #HypermobilitySpectrumDisorder #EhlersDanlos #Hypermobility #Hyperextension #HipPain #Subluxation #PainManagementStrategies #JointPainRelief #LowerBodyPain #MobilityIssues #HipProblems #JointHealth #ChronicPainSupport #LowerBackPain #KneePain #BendyBuddy
8/31/202354 minutes, 22 seconds
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72. Examining Upper Extremity Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD

Joints of the upper extremity (eg: shoulders, elbows, fingers, etc) can be prone to subluxation and dislocation in those with joint hypermobility and/or joint instability. As we continue our discussions on common causes of pain throughout the body with Pradeep Chopra, MD, we focus on an often-overloaded area of the body: the upper extremities.Dr. Chopra breaks down the shoulder joint and its inherent instability. He gives advice on how to have hard conversations about sports that push an excessive range of motion in the upper extremities, and addresses noisy joints (eg: cavitation) in the hypermobile person.Dr. Chopra shares his experience with muscle relaxants, and why releasing tight muscles is not always helpful with joint pain. He also explains thoracic outlet syndrome and how it can mimic cervical disc issues, making it difficult to find effective treatments.  We cover complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and how this extremely painful condition may influence treatment choices. Pain and hypermobility in the wrists and hands are covered, and Dr. Chopra shares how your writing style might be influenced by joint hypermobility. He offers hacks to increase proprioception in fine motor skills, and explains the downside to wearing a full hand brace.With an incredible body of knowledge to share, Dr. Chopra continues to help us examine complicated issues in a methodical way.For doctors, therapists, patients, and anyone associated with connective tissue disorders, this is another episode to add to your must-listen list.Learn more about Dr. Chopra here.Check out the products discussed during this episode:https://www.oxo.com/https://www.ancient-minerals.com/https://www.zebrasplints.com/https://www.etsy.com/
8/17/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 36 seconds
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71. Examining Head, Spine, and Chest Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD

Connective tissue runs throughout your body, surrounding and connecting every system. This is what makes treating issues that arise from connective tissue disorders so difficult: when everything is connected, it’s hard to find the root cause of something. We’re in the midst of our summer series with Dr. Pradeep Chopra, renowned expert on connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes. In this discussion, Dr. Chopra talks through several common causes of head, neck, and chest pain in people with connective tissue disorders or symptomatic joint hypermobility. Dr. Chopra discusses his approach to exploring a patient’s signs and symptoms, and dives into common causes of headaches in this population and how to seek treatment. He shares headache hacks for different types of head pain and explains Chiari malformation and various problems that may arise from it. Dr. Chopra also offers hacks for TMD head pain, and touches briefly on craniocervical instability. He shares why he looks for cranial settling, looks at rib subluxations, and offers hacks for them as well. Finally, Dr. Chopra discusses chronic pain and the loneliness it may cause, emphasizing the benefits that may come from having an understanding support group. Another episode full of wisdom and encouragement from one of the world’s top experts in his field, you will find yourself listening, saving and sharing it with everyone! . . . . . #RootCauseAnalysis #PatientCare #HeadAndSpineHealth #ChiariAwareness #UprightMRIAdvantage #SpinalConditions #ChiariWarrior #MRIInnovation #NeurologicalDisorders #SpineHealthMatters #ChiariJourney #AdvancedImaging #HSD  #JointHyermobility  #ChronicIllness  #ChronicPain  #EhlersDanlos
7/20/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 25 seconds
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70. Examining Abdominal Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD

Abdominal pain is an extremely common finding in people with connective tissue disorders, like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS).  Similar to other issues patients face with EDS or Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), getting answers can be challenging. Often, people go from specialist to specialist, trying to get help. Gastroenterologists, allergists, nutritionists, and pain specialists may look at abdominal pain from very different points of view. So getting complete information can be elusive and frustrating.  That’s why Bendy Bodies took this opportunity to talk about abdominal pain with Dr. Pradeep Chopra, a pain management physician who works with complex chronic pain conditions.  Dr. Chopra lists many possible causes of abdominal pain, and talks through different diagnoses and how they might be interrelated. Dr. Chopra looks at over two dozen different diagnoses, from gastroparesis to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) to postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) to endometriosis. He shares his approach to uncovering abdominal pain sources, as well as the question he asks himself with every patient. Finally, Dr. Chopra offers some concrete tips for people suffering with abdominal pain. He suggests solutions for people who have trouble absorbing medication, and reveals his hacks for people working to sort out the source of their abdominal pain. For doctors looking to deepen their understanding of abdominal pain, as well as people trying to figure their own issues out, this deep dive of a podcast is not to be missed. Learn more about Dr. Chopra here. 
6/29/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 43 seconds
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69. Traveling with a Chronic Disorder with Dr. Linda Bluestein, Kristin Koskinen RDN, and Jennifer Milner NCPT

Travel comes with a lot of uncertainty: flights get canceled, hotel reservations are lost, luggage never turns up. But add the complications of traveling with a chronic disorder like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and voyaging becomes even more complicated. How can you plan for contingencies, guard yourself against flares, and still have a fantastic time while traveling? The Bendy Bodies team shares their favorite tips on traveling during this round table discussion.  We share suggestions for actions to take leading up to the trip, reveal items we cannot live without on a trip, and look at ways to combat the effects of travel on a bendy body.  Dr. Bluestein gives advice on preparing for traveling without your “pit crew”. Jennifer Milner addresses how to stay active on the trip without overdoing it, and Kristin Koskinen shares her top three tips for finding food to support your nutritional needs while away from your favorite grocery stores. The team offers their best all-around travel tips and advice for planning - as well as knowing that if things go awry, it will be ok! For anyone planning to travel this summer, this episode is so packed with tips that you’ll find yourself taking notes while you listen! Learn more about Jennifer Milner, NCPT, Kristin Koskinen, RDN, and Linda Bluestein, MD.   PS:  Do not transport controlled substances across state (or country) lines outside of their original container as that is illegal.  If you need a smaller container, ask your pharmacist. 
6/8/202352 minutes, 11 seconds
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68. Fostering Hope for Hypermobility with Cortney Gensemer, PhD, Victoria Daylor, and Linda Bluestein, MD

Symptomatic joint hypermobility can be difficult to understand and can present in so many different ways. Recently, Victoria Daylor, Dr. Cortney Gensemer, Dr. Russell Norris, and Dr. Linda Bluestein published a CME two-part series titled “Hope for Hypermobility - An Integrative Approach to Treating Symptomatic Joint Hypermobility”. We were able to sit down with Dr. Gensemer, Ms. Daylor, and Dr. Bluestein to discuss their research and the results. They share how the collaboration came about and the developmental process they went through. The co-authors reveal their intentions behind the articles, and three things they want people to know about symptomatic joint hypermobility (SJH). The panel of guests discuss what they see for the future of joint hypermobility and related conditions, and stress the importance of properly done research. Written to be accessible both for people with SJH and medical professionals, these articles may well be a defining reference for many people in the future! With limited time free access to Part 1 and Part 2 of this peer reviewed series, you will want to dive into these papers and share with others as soon as possible! . . . . . #Hypermobility #ChronicPain #ConnectiveTissueDisorder #JointSupport #MedicalResearch #JointPain #SymptomManagement #Healthcare #PatientEducation #DoctorPatientRelationship #HopeForHypermobility #KnowledgeIsPower #Education #Scientist #WomenInStem #DisabledInStem
5/25/202346 minutes, 22 seconds
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67. Destigmatizing Eating Disorders with Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani

Eating disorders are complicated and not uncommon in artistic athletes. Common comorbidities of symptomatic joint hypermobility (SJH), like mast cell activation disorder (MCAD) or gastroparesis, may contribute to disordered eating, which can spiral into an eating disorder. For years, eating disorders have been stigmatized and dismissed by many in the health community. To discuss this difficult topic, Bendy Bodies sat down with Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, and founder of the Gaudiani Clinic for Eating Disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares how she became so passionate about caring for this complex population and the importance of understanding her patient’s stories. She talks about why there’s such a stigma around eating disorders and how she’s working to change that. We discuss why this topic is so important for those with SJH and cover possible eating disorder mimickers. We break down definitions and explore possible predictors of eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani shares the aspects of treatment that she has found vital, and offers tips on how to speak to someone you suspect may have an eating disorder. Finally, she reveals ways to find experts for getting the help needed for an eating disorder.  Learn more about the Gaudiani Clinic here.   For physicians, dance teachers, coaches, and anyone struggling with an eating disorder, this episode is a valuable look at a difficult topic.   . . . . . #MentalHealth #BodyPositive #Nutritionist #DoctorsOfIG #IntuitiveEating #EDWarriors #Recovery #SportsNutrition #ChronicIllness #EatingDisorders #PlantBasedNutrition #MentalHealthMatters #NutritionMatters #InvisibleIllness #AntiDiet #AntiDietCulture
5/11/202349 minutes, 30 seconds
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66. Codifying upper cervical instability with Leslie Russek, DPT, PhD

Upper cervical instability (UCI) occurs quite commonly in the mild form and more rarely in the severe form in those with symptomatic generalized joint hypermobility (S-GJH).  Both can be impactful and are frequently missed.  An international team of physical / physiotherapy clinicians and a S-GJH expert rheumatologist recently published expert consensus recommendations for screening, assessing and managing patients with UCI associated with S-GJH.  Bendy Bodies sat down with first author, Leslie Russek, DPT, PhD, to discuss this important paper.   Hypermobility (too much range of motion) is different from instability (difficulty controlling motion at the joints).  UCI, upper cervical instability, means that the muscles and nerves lack the ability to appropriately control movement at the joint and sense where the joint is in space.  When UCI is severe it can be debilitating.  Except in the most extreme forms of UCI, conservative (ie: non-surgical) therapies are usually considered first.  Improving joint stability is the goal and Dr. Russek explains what patient factors are important to consider in determining treatment strategy.   Dr. Russek explains the difference between “highly suggestive” and “common” symptoms as well as musculoskeletal UCI vs neurological UCI.  She describes the three levels of irritability and how those should be approached in clinical practice.  Yellow and red flags in the history and the physical examination are addressed. Whether you are someone who suspects upper cervical instability or treats them, this is an episode you will not want to miss.   Learn more here.  Hashtags: #CervicalSpineInstability #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #ChronicIllness #SpineInstability #ZebraSurvivor #ChronicPain #CervicalSpinalFusion #InvisibleIllness #Hypermobility #SpineHealth #hEDS #EDSawareness #ChronicPainWarrior #SpineFusion #ButYouDontLookSick #Instability #HSD
4/20/202351 minutes, 53 seconds
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65. Finding Balance with Jenelle Manzi

Thriving as a professional artist with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome can be challenging.  Finding a balance between pushing yourself physically and listening to your body when it needs rest is difficult when you are part of a company.  How do you push yourself to the edge of your limits, but not over them?  We asked Jenelle Manzi, a professional dancer with New York City Ballet, this very question.  Jenelle shares her stories of growing up dancing with EDS. She describes her journey as a young professional, figuring out how to work with a chronic illness, and talks through her early injuries and what she learned from them. Jenelle opens up about hitting a wall with her EDS, and how she took time to get her health under control and figure out what works for her. She shares how her health journey inspired her to start her company Get Golden, and goes deep into her methods for staying at an elite performance level while maintaining long-term health. Learn more about Jenelle here.  . . . . . #EDSawareness #BalletWithEDS #ChronicIllnessWarrior #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #DancerWithEDS #SpoonieBallet #DisabilityInclusion #HealthJourney #InvisibleDisability #BalletDancer #DisabilityAdvocate #BalletInspiration #ChronicPainLife #HealthStory #EDSsupport  #hEDS
4/6/202347 minutes, 43 seconds
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64. Demystifying Chiropractic Care with Dr. Carrie Skony

Chiropractic care has been around for over 100 years, but many people don’t quite know what it entails. Artistic athletes may be told to add regular chiropractic visits to their regimen to help relieve pain without really understanding why. How does a method best known for joint manipulation work for those with hypermobile bodies? Is it a valid treatment option? And what exactly is it, anyway? Dr. Carrie Skony is a certified chiropractic sports physician and owner of Perform Active Wellness Dance Medicine. Specializing in dancers, Dr. Skony sees many hypermobile bodies and sat to talk with us about how people with hypermobility may (or may not) benefit from seeing a chiropractor Dr. Skony defines chiropractic care for us, outlining the broad spectrum of options that fall under its umbrella. She covers what sort of issues may cause people to seek out chiropractic care, different kinds of chiropractic care people may encounter, as well as common misconceptions about chiropractors. Dr. Skony cautions against indiscriminate joint manipulation, and describes how she changes her treatment approach when working with someone with symptomatic hypermobility. She talks through her method of working with dancers through a variety of modalities, including hands-on treatments, strengthening exercises, and more. Common comorbidities in hypermobile patients and how that may change Dr. Skony’s treatment approaches are explained, and she offers tips on how to find a good chiropractor in your own area. Finally, she shares her desire to educate dance instructors on working with hypermobility for future generations of dancers. If you’ve been skeptical of chiropractic care, unsure of what it is, or a huge fan of it, this episode goes deep on the topic in an easy-to-understand way. Learn more about Dr. Skony here.. . . . #Chiro #ChiropracticCare #Adjustment #JointManipulation #Hypermobility #Hypermobile #hEDS #EDS #Modalities #LowBackPain #Chiropractors #Subluxation #Dislocation #JointInstability #ChiropracticAdjustment #Headaches #Doctor #ChronicIllness
3/23/202359 minutes
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63. Shining Your Light with Gigi Robinson

Living with a chronic illness like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) can be demoralizing. You may not have access to the care you need, loved ones do not get it, and loneliness can be a reality for so many people. Gigi Robinson was diagnosed with EDS at 11 years old, and one of the lucky ones to receive support and care from a very early age. Even so, heading off to college and needing to advocate for herself was a difficult transition. As she moved into adulthood, her natural passion for learning turned into a desire to help others who experience some of the same issues. She quickly became an outspoken advocate for Gen Z in particular, but for anyone struggling with chronic illness, body image issues, and more.  She used her platform as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to shine light on EDS and body dysmorphia. Now a successful podcast host and powerful social influencer, Gigi speaks around the globe on these topics, educating and encouraging people. Bendy Bodies recently caught up with Gigi and chatted about her life as an advocate with a chronic illness. Gigi shares her early experiences with EDS, her diagnosis, and how she learned to advocate for herself in a school setting. Gigi opens up about being a swimsuit model while advocating for body positivity, and describes her passion for speaking up for Gen Z. Gigi dives into her mental health advocacy, reveals her tips for pacing herself in her daily life, and offers advice to caregivers of people with chronic illnesses, as well as encouragement to those struggling with a chronic illness. An inspiring and uplifting story of positivity and encouragement, Gigi’s conversation is sure to inspire others to look within themselves for strength and ways to shine their own lights for others. . . . . . #ChronicIllness #Advocate #hEDS #EhlersDanlos #MentalHealth #BodyImage #DisabledModel #BodyDysmorphia #Hypermobility #RepresentationMatters #BodyPositivity #GenZ #InclusiveFashion #AbilityNotDisability
3/9/202351 minutes, 3 seconds
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62. Deconstructing Head Pain with Rudrani Banik, MD

Headaches and migraines are common in many chronic illnesses, and people with hypermobility often struggle with chronic head pain for a variety of reasons. But what is the difference between migraine and other types of headache? How do you get properly evaluated?  What are the best treatments? Bendy Bodies spoke with neuro-ophthalmologist Rudrani Banik, MD in an effort to understand this complex topic. A fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist certified in functional medicine, Dr. Banik specializes in headaches and migraines and has worked with many patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and other connective tissue disorders. Dr. Banik describes how she integrates her vast training to evaluate and treat her patients. She explains the difference between headache and migraine, and shares the criteria for a migraine diagnosis. Dr. Banik talks through common causes of tension headaches as well as triggers for migraines, and suggests steps that are often helpful for migraines. She offers tips on how to get proper care, talking through her pharmacologic and nutritional supplement approaches.  She reveals common lifestyle choices that may greatly impact headaches and migraines covering conditions like idiopathic intracranial hypertension, CSF leak, Chiari malformation as well as vestibular, ocular, and abdominal migraine. For doctors, physical therapists, and anyone suffering from chronic head pain, this episode contains lots of concrete tips and suggestions for finding a path to relief. . . . . . #Headaches #Migraine #hEDS #ConnectiveTissueDisorder #JointHypermobility #ChronicIllness #MigraineRelief #ChronicPainAwareness #HeadacheRelief #MigraineNutrition #Neuro #Diagnosis
2/23/202353 minutes, 1 second
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61. Getting Back Up Again with Keeya Steel

Life with multiple chronic illnesses is physically and mentally challenging. Feelings of exhaustion and emotional fatigue crowd in with physical symptoms and can be overwhelming in your daily life. How do you find balance? How do you find a way forward and regain joy in your life? We posed these questions to Keeya Steel, founder of the popular Hells Bells and Mast Cells on social media. As someone who lives with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), MCAS (mast cell activation syndrome), and hEDS (hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), she is all too experienced at trying to find that balance. Keeya shares her journey through a childhood peppered with “you’re making this up” accusations, as well as her diagnoses as an adult that brought relief and despair in equal measures. Keeya speaks openly about how humor helped her find her way forward through some dark days, and her decision to share that humor with the world. She shares her emotional journey to accepting her chronic illnesses and disabilities. Keeya also explains the online course she created with Dr. Linda Bluestein on optimizing medical appointments with complex illness, and why she wanted to share that course with others. Keeya reveals tips on getting the most out of doctor’s appointments and discusses her experiences with finding new medical professionals. “In the end,” Keeya says, “I want people to be more open to hope and future joy.” An inspiring episode for us all so don’t miss it! More information about Keeya can be found on her website.   . . . . . #Hope #Resilience #Disabled #ChronicIllness #DespiteTheOdds #PotsSyndrome #MastCells #EhlersDanlos #hEDS #Advocacy #ChronicIllnessCommunity #MedicalProfessionals #MedicalGaslighting #ChronicIllnessSupport #Accessibility
2/9/202344 minutes, 23 seconds
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60. Strengthening Precision with Monica Lorenzo, MS, ATC

Dance injuries can be career ending especially for those with joint hypermobility.  Competition dance or precision performance can introduce a whole new set of challenges, whether it’s dancing as part of a team, competitive cheer, or synchronized swimming. Controlling hypermobility and matching lines requires strength, specific coaching, and proprioceptive awareness that’s not always second nature to the performer. We spoke with Monica Lorenzo, the first NBA entertainment athletic trainer who pioneered sports medicine for these performing artists. Monica has worked with many dance teams including the Rockettes, the Knicks City Dancers and the Golden State Warriors Dance Team. Monica shares her own journey from dancer to athletic trainer and describes the differences between precision dance and other forms of dance. She explains why precision dance may be challenging for the hypermobile dancer, and shares her strategies for staying healthy over a long performance season. Monica reveals how she prepares dancers for working on less-than-ideal surfaces, and offers advice on how dancers might prepare for a career in precision dance. Finally, she shares her secret of how she builds individual programs within a group training setting. Full of helpful advice for artists, athletic trainers, coaches, and more, you won’t want to miss this episode. More information about Monica can be found at https://romofit.com/. Check out these episodes about fatigue we mentioned during this conversation: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/bendybodiespodcast/episode/1c065966/46-fueling-against-fatigue-with-kristin-koskinen-rdn https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/bendybodiespodcast/episode/33cfae69/45-understanding-fatigue-with-alan-pocinki-md OR Listen to the episodes about fatigue we discussed: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/bendybodiespodcast/episode/1c065966/46-fueling-against-fatigue-with-kristin-koskinen-rdn https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/bendybodiespodcast/episode/33cfae69/45-understanding-fatigue-with-alan-pocinki-md . . . . #Rockettes #KnicksCityDancers #Knicks #GSWarriors #nba #dancers #DanceTeam #AthleticTrainer #SportsMedicine #Performance #BendyBuddy #DancerLife #DanceDance #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD #Bendy
1/26/202353 minutes, 16 seconds
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59. Preparing for Competitions: A Round Table with Kristin Koskinen RDN, Linda Bluestein MD, and Jennifer Milner NCPT

For most artistic athletes, competition is a part of life. Whether you’re a dancer, skater, gymnast, or cheerleader chances are you’re competing at some point. Competitions can be grueling, multi-day events consisting of 14-hour days, multiple performances, and little access to fresh whole foods. So how do you prepare for a competition, and what can you do during the event to make sure you are at the top of your game and come out of it injury-free? We decided to approach this topic from a multi-disciplinary angle, so Jennifer, Dr. Bluestein, and resident Bendy Bodies nutrition expert, Kristin Koskinen, all sat down for a round table discussion on this important topic. We talk through a timeline of preparation before the big event, and ways to make sure you’re heading into your competition as healthy and prepared as possible. Nutrition, training, sleep, and more are discussed as we sketch out the ways to make the most of your preparation time. Kristin offers practical advice on ways to fuel healthily during the competition, often without access to refrigerators or even a true meal break. Dr. Bluestein shares ways to be prepared for any issues that might come up physically, and Jennifer reveals her top competition-day tips. Finally, we look at the importance of recovering after a competition. How we replenish our body’s nutrients, ways to approach constructive rest and gradual return to training, and more are shared as we offer ways to be the healthiest competitive artist you can be. Share this with parents of young artistic athletes, bookmark for yourself as a competitor, and pass it on to studio owners, coaches, physical therapists, and more! . . . . . #CompetitionDay #PreparingForCompetitions #Nutrition #NutritionalTips #HealthyFoodAdvice #Nutrients #NutritionEducation #Sleep #SleepTips #SleepHealth #TrainingAdvice #TrainingDay
1/12/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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58. Preparing for Surgery with Linda Bluestein, MD

Hypermobility disorders can lead to health complications that may require surgery. Joint hypermobility and associated conditions can present  complications for  surgery, anesthesia, and more. If you’re anticipating  surgery, how can you, your surgeon and anesthesia care team be as prepared as possible for those hypermobile “quirks”? Bendy Bodies founder Dr. Linda Bluestein spent years in the operating room as a top anesthesiologist. We asked her for advice on this often-overlooked aspect of dealing with symptomatic joint hypermobility. Dr. Bluestein discusses the possible medication reactions that often accompany connective tissue disorders and associated conditions. She talks about ways to prepare for the pre-operative assessment, and outlines what medical conditions should be shared in advance with the anesthesia team. Dr. Bluestein explains the different types of anesthesia and why that information is important, and shares her observations about people with joint hypermobility and their potential complications. Finally, Dr. Bluestein offers suggestions for how to share your concerns with the surgery team, from limb positioning to avoid  dislocations, cervical spine and jaw problems that may influence airway management and so much more. Whether you’re part of a surgical team or preparing to undergo your own surgery, you’ll find helpful advice here to prepare you for next steps. . . . . . #Anesthesia #AnesthesiaLife Anesthesiologist #LocalAnesthetic #LocalAnesthesia  #hypermobilitytreatment #mobility #ehlersdanlos #spinalstabilization #butyoudontlooksick #hypermobilitypain #spooniesupport #hypermobilityrehabilitation #hypermobilityspectrum #bendy #invisibledisability #JenniferMilner  #hypermobilitysyndrome #hypermobilityhacks #HypermobilityMD #chronicconditions For an even deeper dive, read this peer-reviewed journal article co authored by Dr. Bluestein and Dr. Pradeep Chopra: Perioperative Care in Patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndromes https://www.scirp.org/journal/Paperabs.aspx?PaperID=97524
12/15/202259 minutes, 56 seconds
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57. Alleviating Anxiety with Jo-Anne La Flèche

Dance and other performing arts are, by nature, stressful. Stress can easily develop into anxiety, which is exponentially more common in the hypermobile population than the general population. How can you distinguish between stress and anxiety? What can you do to manage your anxiety? When is it time to seek outside help? We asked these questions and more of Jo-Anne La Flèche, a clinical and dance psychologist with a Masters in Somatics. Jo-Anne defines the difference between stress and anxiety, and discusses factors that may contribute to anxiety, both within a person and in their external circumstances. She breaks down how a dance environment might foster anxiety and shares ways to self-manage that anxiety. Self-care practices are offered as ways to lower anxiety, as well as seeing the value in recognizing things you can’t control. Jo-Anne lists signs that may indicate a dancer should seek help in managing their mental health and suggests ways to find the right therapist for you. Finally, Jo-Anne shares her thoughts on why it’s important to have an identity outside of dance. For all artists or even anyone struggling with anxiety, this episode is not to be missed. Click to access informational papers written by Jo-Anne under the auspices of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health on anxiety and depression.
12/1/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds
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56. Optimizing Immunity with Kristin Koskinen, RDN

As the weather changes and schedules become busier, staying healthy can feel like a huge challenge. Artistic athletes may struggle to keep their bodies at optimal performance level, and fighting off infectious illnesses may seem like an uphill battle. How can we naturally strengthen our immune system, supporting its function for optimum success? We posed this question to Kristin Koskinen, RDN and Bendy Bodies team member, in this episode. Kristin shares why dancers and other performing artists with hypermobility and/or a connective tissue disorder like the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes should care about immunity and nutrition in general. She explains how the foods we eat impact our immune system, and how investing efforts to fuel well now can have a big impact on our health down the road. Kristin walks us through her process for building a healthy, supportive diet for her clients, talking through her suggestions for planning wide varieties of foods, as well as efficient shortcuts when time is an issue.  She discusses the possible effects of sugar on the immune system, and how to deal with the emotional component of foods during the holidays. Kristen looks at the impact of alcohol on the immune system and talks about the microbiome’s role. She shares her expert view on nutritional supplements including probiotics, and offers lots of encouraging tips for managing busy seasons while striving for healthy nutrition. This episode breaks down what can be a stressful and complicated subject in encouraging and manageable ways for all bendy bodies. . . . . . #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD #Bendy #BendyBuddy #Immunity #Bloating #DietitiansOfIG #Glucose #Gut #Supplement #ChronicDisease #ChronicIllness #InvisibleDisability #Infection #AlwaysOptimal #AutoImmune #NutritionForDancers #DanceNutrition #OptimalNutrition #NutrientDeficiencies
11/17/202257 minutes, 58 seconds
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55. Cultivating Resiliency with Jazz Bynum

As a young dancer, Jazz Bynum enjoyed the benefits of being “bendy”.   Later, she experienced more than her fair share of injuries but it wasn’t clear how these could be connected. A diagnosis of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) gave Jazz the information necessary to build the resiliency and strength she needs as a professional dancer with Ballet West. Jazz chats with Bendy Bodies about navigating her dance career while addressing her body’s unique needs with hEDS. Jazz discusses her diagnosis and what led her to seek one, and shares how her diagnosis changed how she seeks treatment. Jazz speaks openly about her decision to reveal her hEDS publicly, documenting her latest injury and nearly year-long recovery process on social media. She shares her maintenance routine outside of dance, and the lessons she’s learned about her body and her hEDS during her rehabilitation. Finally, Jazz encourages other dancers on their own journeys, addressing the importance of finding people who will support and advocate for you. An inspiring story of cultivating your own resilience through injuries, this podcast is full of encouragement and motivation for everyone struggling to move forward in spite of obstacles. . . . . . #BendyBuddy #Bendy #EhlersDanlos #Dancer #ZebraStrong  #ChronicIllness  #spoonie #Zebra  #Disease #ArtisticAthlete #Disability #EDS #JointStability #Bendy #hypermobile #HypermobilitySpectrum #BendyBallerina #BendyBallet #Ballet #Movement
11/3/202240 minutes, 5 seconds
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54. Managing Mast Cell Pain with Linda Bluestein, MD

Mast cell disorders are prevalent in the hypermobile population, but can often go undiagnosed.  Persistent pain can be initiated and perpetuated by mast cells, which have also been referred to as “gatekeepers of pain”.  How can someone who suspects mast cell issues go about seeking relief for mast cell-related pain? How can medical professionals accurately seek to diagnose and treat mast cell pain? For this conversation, we put Bendy Bodies founder, Linda Bluestein, MD, in the hot seat. With her many years as a practicing anesthesiologist and her long career treating people with hypermobility disorders, she’s been in a unique position to research, diagnose, and treat these complex conditions. Dr. Bluestein defines mast cell disorders and ways they may present. She explains why people with hypermobility should be aware of mast cell disorders, and reveals the prevalence of pain associated with mast cell issues. Dr. Bluestein shares her techniques for evaluating pain in a patient, and offers advice on treating pain in a patient with mast cell issues. She suggests ways to communicate with a medical professional about your own pain, and shares her wish list of ways she would address mast cell disorders on a large scale. With practical advice for both medical practitioners looking to improve patient care, and hypermobile people searching for ways to mitigate their own chronic pain, this episode is filled with tips and insight into a complex problem. Additional notes:  Excipients:  All medications have excipients (“inactive” ingredients in medications that may cause problems in susceptible people). Mast cell disorder testing:  Tryptase is just one mediator that is important to check (both at baseline and within four hours of a flare).  I provide lab slips to my patients that they can take in for testing as needed.  Tryptase levels can be helpful (especially if they are elevated) but a normal level does not rule out a mast cell problem. Pain sources:  People with EDS and comorbidities (like mast cell disorders) can have all the types of pain.  These include nociceptive (coming from actual or potential tissue damage), neuropathic (problem within the nervous system) and nociplastic (dysfunction of how pain signals are processed). Want to maximize your medical appointments? Check out this course created by Dr. Bluestein and Keeya Steel, founder of Hells Bells and Mast Cells. Visit our website for more information about becoming a client or patient. . . . . . #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #JenniferMilner #MastCell #Disease #ChronicDisease #Hypermobile #Histamine #FoodIntolerance #ChronicPain #ButYouDontLookSick #MCAS #MastCellActivation #ComplexIllness #EhlersDanlos #DoctorsOfIG #ChronicIllnessSupport #LowHistamine #Histaminintoleranz #MastCellActivationSyndrome
10/20/202246 minutes, 4 seconds
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53. Creating a New Hypermobility Screening Tool with Aiko Callahan, DPT, and Stephanie Greenspan, DPT

Hypermobility is far more prevalent in dancers, circus performers and other aesthetic athletes. While some hypermobile artistic athletes have asymptomatic joint hypermobility, others have symptoms due to an underlying hypermobility or connective tissue disorder. How can a physical therapist or physician assess the bendy artist, beyond tools like the Beighton Score, and see what the artist might need by way of support? Aiko Callahan and Stephanie Greenspan, both DPTs who work a lot with dancers, circus artists and other bendy bodies, wondered this same thing. They worked with Annie Squires, DPT to publish “Management of Hypermobility in Aesthetic Performing Artists: A Review” and create a fabulous new tool, the Hypermobility Screening Tool. The two physical therapists talk through their process and how they assess new patients. They reveal screening questions to ask hypermobile artists to best understand the artist’s needs.  Some areas include performer identity, scheduling issues, and self-management. The two lay out the guidelines they’ve put together for a physical exam and tests they use to screen for joint stability. They discuss the importance of a team approach for the hypermobile artist, and ways to help the artist grow their own support team. Finally, Aiko and Stephanie share their Hypermobility Screening Tool used to assess the presence of other systemic issues often seen in those with hypermobility.  A self-reporting screening tool, this questionnaire is designed to efficiently gather information to aid the medical professional to determine what next steps might be most appropriate. A tool that could be used by medical professionals, trainers looking to help their clients find support, or even hypermobile individuals looking for ways to communicate their issues more clearly, the screening tool is an important step forward in streamlining care for people with hypermobility disorders. For more information about Stephanie, visit ArtleticScience.com.  Aiko can be reached at [email protected].  AOPT members can access the full article here.  (link the word here if possible)  https://www.orthopt.org/content/publications.  Non members can contact [email protected] to discuss other options. You can also click here to dowload a sample of the Hypermobility Screening Tool: Hypermobility Screening Tool Sample PDF. . . . . . #BendyBuddy #Hypermobility #Hypermobile #Screening #EhlersDanlos #ConnectiveTissue #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #HypermobilitySpectrum #PhysicalTherapy #Acrobats #JointPain #Flexible #Aerial #Acrobatics #CircusArtist #Dance #DancerLife #DanceDance #Ballet #BalletLife #Mobility #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD #Bendy
10/20/202246 minutes, 8 seconds
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52. Unlocking Jaw Pain with Leslie Russek, DPT, PhD

Jaw pain affects a relatively large percentage of the general population, but is even more problematic for those on the hypermobility spectrum.  It’s not often something we think of addressing, however, until it’s clamoring for our attention. Leslie Russek, DPT, PhD is a practicing orthopedic physical therapist specializing in hypermobility syndromes, Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, fibromyalgia, headaches, and chronic pain. She speaks with Bendy Bodies about temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and jaw pain sharing her wisdom on this topic. Dr. Russek describes the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and why hypermobile people should be aware of this commonly misunderstood joint. She illuminates the link between TMD and proprioception, as well as how muscles outside the jaw can cause jaw problems. We learn strategies for mouth breathing, a possible contributor to TMD, hear practical actions for reducing jaw pain, and learn about the link between the jaw and issues such as headaches or tooth pain. Finally, Dr. Russek walks us through her steps for finding a healthy resting position, and talks through the Rocabado 6x6 exercise program for TMD. With practical pointers on addressing jaw pain and dysfunction, this episode is helpful for every bendy body with or without jaw pain. Visit this webpage for handouts and more information about Dr. Russek. . . . . . #JawPain #TMD #BendyBuddy #PhysicalTherapy #PhysicalTherapist #Hypermobile #Hypermobility #JointPain #Temporomandibular #LockJaw #ToothPain #ChronicPain #TmjDisorder #HypermobilityMD #JenniferMilner #Bendy
9/22/202237 minutes, 7 seconds
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51. Moving fearlessly with Jeannie DiBon

Hypermobile athletes and artists are often excellent movers - until they hit “the wall”. Sometimes you hit a point where even basic movements become a struggle. How can you continue moving without increasing your pain? Bendy Bodies discusses this important topic during pain awareness month with Jeannie Di Bon, a movement therapist who literally wrote the book on moving pain-free with hypermobility! Jeannie talks about steps people can take if they’re struggling to add movement into their everyday life. She shares why movement is crucial for people with hypermobility and how she works to improve joint stability in the body. Jeannie offers insight into how deconditioning can happen so quickly and discusses why alignment reeducation is so important. She discusses how to reprogram your posture and shares ways to improve proprioception. Jeannie describes her Integral Movement Method and how it can be incorporated into day-to-day life. And she shares information on her Zebra Club, the importance of having a supportive community around you, and her education courses for dance educators, trainers, and more. Finally, Jeannie stresses the importance of the nervous system being engaged in the movement education process, and reinforces the need to listen to your body and move accordingly. An episode for every Bendy Body, this discussion is full of practical tips and encouragement. To learn more about Jeannie, visit:  https://jeanniedibon.com/ . . . . #EhlersDanlos #ZebraStrong #Bendy #BendyBody #Spoonie #Movement #Hypermobile #PainAwarenessMonth #PainCounts #LifeWithPain #Hypermobility #Posture #JointPain #JointStability #MovementEducation #ZebraClub #DiBon  #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD #BendyBuddy
9/8/202242 minutes, 7 seconds
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50. Pushing Limits with Jen Crane, DPT

As a physical therapist for circus artists and dancers, Dr. Jen Crane regularly treats artistic athletes with hypermobility. As a circus artist and former dancer who is also diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), Jen Crane intimately understands the struggles of these athletes. How does a hypermobile artist use that hypermobility to its full advantage - the long, gorgeous, bendy lines and movement patterns - while still remaining healthy and not pressing the body beyond its limits? Dr. Crane discusses this tightrope walk with Bendy Bodies. She shares her own diagnosis journey as an artist and a medical professional. She discusses how she helps artistic athletes reconcile ther connective tissue disorders with their need to push their bodies to the limits.  And she talks about training in a healthy way. Dr. Crane covers how she assists artists with their personal risk vs benefit analysis, and examines predictive variables she may see in people who might have a more successful career. She reflects on the sacrifices artists might need to make, and shares what it’s like to have the hard conversations with artists pushing themselves too much. Dr. Crane discusses the importance of finding a coach or healthcare provider who understands hypermobility, and how to find one. She breaks down current trends she sees in the medical world with hypermobility, and advocates for people to do what they love to do while taking care of their physical health. For anyone who works with hypermobile artistic athletes,or for any hypermobile artist who wonders how to find that safe boundary for themselves. #Podcast #Contortion #FlexibilityTraining #Bendy #CircusLife #CircusEveryDamnDay #CircusCircus #CircusInspiration #Aerial #Aerialist #AerialistOfIG #Ballet #BalletDancer #BalletLife #DancersLife #DanceLife #DancersWorld #ZebraStrong #BendyBack #BendyFeet #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #hEDS #Hypermobility #HypermobilitySpectrumDisorder #hEDS #EhlersDanlos #EhlersDanlosAthlete #EhlersDanlosSyndromeAwarenessMonth #BalletWhisperer #HypermobilityMD
5/26/202240 minutes, 53 seconds
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49. Pioneering a Path with Bonnie Moore Southgate

As an elite ballet dancer, Bonnie Moore Southgate danced as a soloist first with American Ballet Theatre, then with the Royal Ballet. Struggling with injuries and pain for years, Bonnie retired from dance and eventually was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Her journey to find treatments and pain relief led to her second career as a neurokinetic therapist, massage therapist, and Pilates trainer. Bonnie specializes in working with hypermobility as well as elite athletes, and she sat down to share her dance experience with Bendy Bodies. Bonnie shares her amazing story of dancing through a brilliant career, starting with winning the Prix de Lausanne, being invited to work with Mikhail Baryshnikov at ABT, and working her way to soloist at the Royal Ballet.  She is open about her injuries throughout her career, and how they shaped the choices she made during rehearsals and performance opportunities. Bonnie discusses how her EDS manifested itself while she was still a young dancer, her reasons for seeking an EDS diagnosis and how it shaped her choices. She shares her first steps into Pilates and injury rehabilitation when dance medicine was still in its infancy, and why she trained as a Pilates instructor before becoming a sports and corrective exercise specialist.  She also discusses her experience with cranial sacral therapy. Finally, Bonnie looks at how far dance medicine has come in supporting dancer health and career longevity, and shares what she wants teachers and choreographers to know about working with dancers with EDS or hypermobility disorders. #ehlersdanlos #balletwhisperer #hypermobiledancers #zebrastrong #podcast #hypermobilitymd #dancer #hsd #bendy #ballet #balletdancer #keepmoving #hyperextension #hypermobility #dance #jennifermilner #dancelife #arabesque #balletteacher #ballerina #technique #pointe #pointework #balletlife
5/12/20221 hour, 19 seconds
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48. Supporting the Foot and Ankle with Andrea Zujko, DPT

Hypermobility can help the artist create aesthetically pleasing lines with one of the most obvious locations involving the foot. And while many artists envy the banana feet that sometimes accompany excessive ranges of motion, having hypermobile feet and ankles can just as often bring complications. Andrea Zujko, a physical therapist who works regularly with dancers from New York City Ballet and from all over the world, takes the opportunity to chat with Bendy Bodies about some of the common difficulties that flexible feet may face. Andrea discusses ankle sprains, and why they may need more recovery time than you might think. She explains the importance of an ankle bone called the talus and shares wisdom on maintaining its healthy range of motion. Andrea looks at stress fractures and how they can occur in artistic athletes, and explains the importance of evaluating the entire body when addressing foot and ankle problems. We discuss bunions in bendy feet, and Andrea shares secrets for working with bunions. Finally, Andrea discusses common tendon issues seen in hypermobile artists, the importance of strength conditioning, and techniques for controlled stretching. Proving that a small area can have a big effect on the rest of the body, this discussion is one to be listened to several times over. #ankle #Ballet #DancerFeet #BalletFeet #BalletDancer #HypermobileFeet #DanceTraining #DancersOfInsta #BalletTeacher #DanceInjuries #BalletLife #hypermobility #hypermobiledisorders #hypermobilitymd #BendyBodies #bendybodiespodcast #hypermobilitydisorders #bodiesinmotion #JenniferMilner
4/28/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 38 seconds
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47. Exploring the Link between Joint Hypermobility and Neurodivergency with Jessica Eccles, MRCPsych, PhD

Evidence shows that neurodivergency occurs at a higher rate amongst people with hypermobility disorders.  And we know that anxiety is also prevalent in the hypermobile population. When we look at neurodivergency, hypermobility, anxiety, and dysautonomia, we see hints of lines drawn between them.  Might science soon be able to connect the dots? Jessica Eccles, senior clinical academic psychiatrist at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and specialist in brain-body neuroscience, returns to speak with Bendy Bodies about neurodivergency, hypermobility, and possible links with anxiety and the autonomic nervous system. In February 2022, Dr. Eccles published the peer reviewed journal article,  "Joint hypermobility links neurodivergence to dysautonomia and pain".  She discusses the fascinating results of her research, and explains why neurodivergency, dysautonomia, and pain appear to be connected via joint hypermobility. Dr. Eccles shares her findings of higher levels of musculoskeletal symptoms in the study’s neurodivergent population vs the comparison group, and wonders if this may be a potential reason why people with neurodivergency experience more health symptoms. She explains the importance of raising awareness of the link between joint hypermobility and neurodivergency in the medical community, and discusses how anxiety is linked to joint hypermobility and possibly autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Dr. Eccles shares her work on the ADAPT program, a program aimed at reducing anxiety with a combined brain-body approach in hypermobile people. Still in its early stages, the program (Altering Dynamics of Autonomic Processing Therapy) has fascinating implications. Finally, Dr. Eccles reveals her current research projects and shares her hopes for future research. An incredible, accessible discussion by one of the top researchers in this field, this is an episode not to be missed. #neurodivergency #BendyBrain #dysautonomia #AutonomicNervousSystem #anxiety #ActuallyAutistic #adhd #ADHDAwareness #ASD #AutisticPride #DisabilityInclusion #RedInstead #AutismAcceptance #AutismAwareness #neurodivergent #AutisticAdults #neurodiversity #autistic #autism #BendyBodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #JenniferMilner #ZebraStrong #hypermobility #HypermobilityDisorders
4/14/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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46. Fueling Against Fatigue with Kristin Koskinen, RDN

People with hypermobility often struggle with fatigue.  They want more energy, and know that exercise and adequate sleep can help. But what is the role of nutrition in combating fatigue? Bendy Bodies team member, Kristin Koskinen, RDN, chats with us on how what we eat can influence how we feel. She explores the role nutrition can play in fatigue, and how executive function may contribute to nutritional deficits. Kristin discusses how to “control what you can control”, and reveals tips on how to get the most out of every mealtime. She looks at the role of sugar as both a necessary fuel and a possible contributor to fatigue, and explores the possible consequences of restrictive or fad diets on energy levels. Kristin highlights the importance of zinc, B vitamins, and folic acid in supporting a body’s energy levels. She offers ways to figure out what foods might be contributing to fatigue, and shares what role vitamins and supplements may play in fatigue. Kristin breaks down the difference between stimulants and fuel, and how caffeine may actually end up working against you. Finally, Kristin gives guidance on how to find a nutrition specialist to help you on your own food journey. For anyone struggling with fatigue, this episode is packed with great advice. . . . . . #DanceNutrition #NutritionForDancers #dietitian #FoodRules #NutritionCoach #RDN #DietitianApproved #DietitiansOfInstagram #AntiinflammatoryDiet #ChronicFatigue #ChronicIllness #hypermobility #NourishYourBody #KristinKoskinenRDN #HypermobilityMD #JenniferMilner
3/17/202259 minutes, 50 seconds
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45. Understanding Fatigue with Alan Pocinki, MD

Fatigue is common in people with chronic disease. Pain, fatigue, and depression can feed into each other and become a vicious cycle that’s difficult to break. Combating fatigue can be particularly difficult for those with bendy bodies and comorbidities. Alan Pocinki, MD, specialist in hypermobility and related autonomic and sleep disorders, speaks with Bendy Bodies on this complicated subject. Dr. Pocinki shares his “eureka” moment in linking the chronic fatigue syndrome population with the hypermobile population. He defines fatigue and how it’s different from sleepiness, and describes the underlying causes of fatigue in hypermobility spectrum disorders, outlining the way an overactive sympathetic nervous system can mimic a panic attack. Dr. Pocinki explains how autonomic dysfunction can be both the cause and effect of fatigue, and the role of sleep continuity. He discusses the concept of budgeting your energy and explores the role of anxiety in hypermobility spectrum disorders. Dr. Pocinki describes his approach to treating patients with fatigue, reveals the role hormones may play in fatigue, and shares his hopes for future research in fatigue and hypermobility. You will not want to miss this episode if you are struggling with fatigue or are a medical professional looking to better serve your hypermobile population. . . . . . #fatigue #ButYouDontLookSick #ChronicIllness #Hypermobility #EhlersDanlosSyndromes #EhlersDanlos #SleepDisorder #dysautonomia #AutonomicDysfunction #anxiety #BendyBodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD
3/3/202248 minutes, 31 seconds
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44. Navigating Pregnancy with Shanda Dorff, MD

Pregnancy can be a time of new physical challenges, and hypermobility may make the season even more complex. Hormones can change tissue elasticity and the body may struggle to adapt. Dr. Shanda Dorff began working with connective tissue disorders in 2008 and has helped countless women through pregnancies and beyond. She imparts her hard-learned wisdom to Bendy Bodies on this complicated subject. Dr. Dorff shares important considerations for someone with connective tissue disorders to consider in a pregnancy, and discusses higher-risk issues with various types of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. She lists things to watch for during pregnancy, and gives advice on how to prepare for possible complications during a delivery. Dr. Dorff offers things to do - and avoid - during the post-partum weeks, as well as exercise considerations for hypermobile athletes during and after pregnancy. Finally, she reveals possible considerations for breastfeeding when hypermobile, and suggests ways to find specialists to help someone navigate a “bendy” pregnancy. For any bendy body considering pregnancy, as well as all healthcare providers, this episode shares decades of hard-won expertise with our listeners. Resources: https://hiddenstripes.com/ (Disjointed Book) https://www.complexcaresmn.com/ (Dr. Dorff's clinic) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32148151/ (Drs. Dorff and Afrin article, Mast cell activation syndrome in pregnancy, delivery, postpartum and lactation: a narrative review) https://www.scirp.org/html/2-1920604_97524.htm#%23%23 (Drs. Chopra and Bluestein article Perioperative Care in Patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndromes) . . . . . #pregnancy #pregnant #podcast #EhlersDanlossyndromes #EhlersDanlos #BendyBodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #highriskpregnancy #zebrastrong #heds #hypermobile #connectivetissuedisorder #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD
2/17/20221 hour, 47 seconds
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43. Supporting Artistic Athletes with Selina Shah, MD

Artistic athletes like dancers, gymnasts, and skaters require highly skilled medical care in order to maintain peak health while operating at an elite level. Understanding the unique demands placed on their bodies is crucial for their physicians. And when the artist is competing as part of a team - say, as an Olympic skater or gymnast, or as a company dancer - the artist doesn’t always have the luxury of choosing their team doctor. Selina Shah, MD, has herself been a competitive swimmer and gymnast, as well as a professional salsa and Bollywood dancer. She’s served as team physician for both Team USA figure skating and artistic swimming, and sits down to talk with us about maintaining your health in a team setting. Dr. Shah looks at why hypermobility can be a tremendous asset in some athletic fields, and hugely problematic in others. She explores the process of natural selection for artistic athletes and the secret to success at the elite level. Looking at injuries that are common in hypermobile artistic athletes, Dr. Shah explains why it’s never too soon to address an issue. She discusses misconceptions about stubborn tendon problems in bendy bodies as well as what procedures to consider and which ones to avoid. Dr. Shah shares ways for hypermobile athletes to communicate with a team doctor and trainer about their specific needs, and how to advocate for yourself in a team setting. Finally, she opens up about what research she’d like to see for hypermobile artistic athletes in the future. To learn more about Dr. Shah, visit her website https://selinashah.com/. . . . . . #podcast #iceskating #gymnast #BendyBodies #artisticswimming #OlympicAthlete #hypermobileathlete #rhythmicgymnastics #bendy #HypermobilityMD #JenniferMilner #BodiesinMotion #BendyBodiesPodcast #HypermobilityDisorders #Hypermobility #HypermobilitySpectrum
2/3/202243 minutes, 18 seconds
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42. Pursuing a Diagnosis with Linda Bluestein, MD

Hypermobility disorders can be difficult to diagnose, with no one clear path forward. Without an obvious road to walk, people with chronic pain who suspect hypermobility disorders may feel defeated and overwhelmed, struggling to find the help they need. In this episode, Bendy Bodies founder Linda Bluestein, MD opens up about her own journey getting an EDS diagnosis and starting her work as a hypermobility specialist. Dr. Bluestein breaks down the different types of connective tissue disorders and how they might be diagnosed. She discusses reasons medical professionals might encourage someone to seek a diagnosis, and theorizes on why they might discourage it. She gives advice on where to start this journey, and discusses the importance of having even just one medical professional in your corner. As well, she suggests types of specialists who might have knowledge of connective tissue disorders, and outlines steps people can take to prepare for a doctor’s visit. Dr. Bluestein offers compassionate advice to people who hear “no” a lot, and cautions against confirmation bias. She busts some harmful myths around connective tissue diagnoses and reveals some of the pitfalls a person might encounter in their pursuit of a diagnosis. Full of advice from a medical expert in hypermobility, this is an episode for anyone feeling defeated or looking to confirm a diagnosis. #ButYouDontLookSick #ChronicPain #bendybodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #ehlersdanlossyndrome #ConnectiveTissue #ZebraStrong #collagen #diagnosis #physiciansofinstagram #EhlersDanlos #hypermobility  #hypermobilitymd #bodiesinmotion
1/20/202242 minutes, 21 seconds
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41. Changing the Face of EDS with Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020

People struggling with a chronic illness often feel overwhelmed at the idea of pursuing a passion. Health issues may seem insurmountable when trying to go after your dream, and you may feel hopeless and alone on your journey. Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020, was diagnosed with Classical Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome at age 11, at the same time she was discovering her love of nature and science. For her, a diagnosis helped her understand all the “crazy” things happening to her body and gave her comfort. Camille walks us through her diagnostic odyssey, explaining the signs of EDS she saw in herself and the twists and turns that came up along the way. She shares her journey to the Miss America title, and her concerns about serving as Miss America with a chronic illness. Camille discusses the importance of advocating for yourself and having providers who listen. She speaks honestly about her struggles with an eating disorder, her journey through mental health issues, and her fights with misdiagnoses. Sharing how her own struggles have made her more compassionate towards others, Camille describes how she is using her platform to spread her Social Impact Initiative, “Mind Your Meds - Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention From Pediatrics to Geriatrics”. You won't want to miss this inspiring interview. . . . . . #dysautonomia #ehlersdanlossyndrome #hypermobility #invisibleillness #hypermobilitymd #balletwhisperer #zebra #ehlersdanlos #zebrastrong #spoonie #chronicillness #chronicpain #camilleshrier #missamerica #JenniferMilner If you are able to share the resized image, it is much appreciated! Please add the above hashtags and the below link: https://www.camilleschrier.com/
1/6/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 35 seconds
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40. Understanding Overstretching with Jennifer Milner, NCPT

What is overstretching, and why should we talk about it? As the artistic world seems to demand ever more extreme ranges of motion from its dancers and athletes, many people turn to overstretching  as a way to stay competitive, forcing an artificial hypermobility in some joints. Dr. Linda Bluestein interviews Bendy Bodies’ own Jennifer Milner, NCPT, on the subject of overstretching and forced hypermobility. Jennifer discusses why a joint might be hypermobile, and what issues she sees in the hypermobile population versus the non-hypermobile population. Jennifer explores overstretching, how it affects the body, and some issues that may arise because of it. She explains the difference between dynamic and static stretching, and when each type may be appropriate. Jennifer looks at the practice of overstretching in dance studios and shares alternatives to overstretching for achieving flexibility in a healthy way. Finally, Jennifer offers suggestions on how to find resources to help you increase your flexibility safely, both online and in person, and confides what she wishes every dancer knew about flexibility. Whether you are an artist, a parent, a studio owner, or a health practitioner, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. Full of helpful advice and practical tips! #flexibility #flexible #ballet #ballerina #stretching #stretch #pointe #splits #pointeshoes #bendy #balletdancer #gymnast #gymnastics #instadance #instaballet #backbend #worldwideballet #dancer #contortion #poledance #oversplits #overstretching #split #acrobatics #zebra #hypermobilitymd #bendybodies #JenniferMilner #balletwhisperer
12/16/202141 minutes, 22 seconds
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39. Rethinking Rhythmic Gymnastics with Vita Bachman

Artistic athletes often push their flexibility to the limit, both for competitive and aesthetic reasons.   Nowhere are limits tested more than in rhythmic gymnastics where hypermobility tends to be the norm. Vita Bachman, former international Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast and now a highly respected coach, speaks openly with Bendy Bodies about her experience in the world of rhythmic gymnastics, both as an athlete and as a coach. Vita discusses how the sport has changed since she competed, and what factors influence how she coaches today.  She discusses the pitfall in “chasing the points” of competitive rhythmic gymnastics, and why she continually seeks out the best methods for training her students even when these methods differ from what she was taught as a competitor. Living with her own career-related medical problems, Vita strives to be a coach that trains competitive but healthy athletes, both physically and mentally. She shares the hopes she has for the future of rhythmic gymnastics, as well as the hurdles she finds in trying to change certain aspects. She discusses her concerns with social media, confides what she’d like parents to know when shepherding their children through extreme stretching, and shares her own approach to training flexibility in a long-term, healthier way A rare, inside look at one of the most demanding sports for bendy bodies out there! #rhythmicgymnastics #rhythmicgymnasts #vitabachman #beyondlimitsrg #hypermobility #overstretching #bodiesinmotion #hypermobilitymd #jennifermilner #oversplits #safestretching #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #hypermobile Her website is www.beyondlimitsrg.com
12/2/202138 minutes, 1 second
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38. Refusing Limits with Allysa Seely

Chronic illness can make your life feel filled with insurmountable obstacles. Pursuing your dreams, even in the face of health issues, may feel hopeless. But moving forward, even in small increments, you can accomplish great things. Just ask gold medalist Allysa Seely. Allysa grew up as a dancer and competitive athlete before health issues tried to sideline her. She spent three years advocating for herself as a teen and young adult, fighting to be listened to, before finally being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Chiari Malformation, Basilar Invagination, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and more. Allysa refused to let her diagnoses define her, and has become a two-time gold-medal winning paratriathlete at the 2016 and 2020 Paralympics. She shares how she’s been able to compete at such a high level with multiple chronic illnesses, and opens up about her hard journey in college to get a diagnosis. Allysa confides that she used all her “you can’t”s as fuel to move her forward in pursuit of her dream. She discusses her difficult decision about her amputation, and shares her tips for getting through hard days. Allysa’s story, and how she turned challenge into triumph in her life, is inspiring and encouraging for everyone living with chronic illness. As Allysa shows, there really are no limits. An inspiring and encouraging interview for anyone struggling with limitations or hardship. #TriAllysa #paraolympics #USAparatriathalon #triathalon #paratriathlete #amputation #EhlersDanlossyndromes #EhlersDanlos #ChiariMalformation #Chiari #POTS  #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #hypermobilitymd #JenniferMilner
11/18/202147 minutes, 52 seconds
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37. Advocating for Yourself with Aidan Leslie

Navigating medical care can be a daunting task at the best of times, but when you have a chronic disorder that is largely an invisible illness, you may find yourself bewildered and frustrated trying to get the care you need. Often, a diagnosis like Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or hypermobility spectrum disorder can come with co-morbidities such as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome), MALS (Median Arcuate Ligament syndrome), MCAS (Mast Cell Activation syndrome), and more. And with multiple diagnoses comes multiple doctors’ visits. Bendy Bodies chats with our own wellness ambassador, Aidan Leslie, a retired dancer who has been living with an hEDS diagnosis for the past five years and spending her fair share of time in doctors’ offices. Aidan opens up about the bumpy road of her own health journey. She talks about hitting the “EDS wall” and fighting to take control of her life back. Aidan speaks frankly about her experience navigating the medical world, both as a minor and as someone with an invisible illness.  Aidan offers tips on how to prepare for medical appointments and suggestions for “how to push back against the push-back”. And just as Aidan is willing to share her side of the medical experience, Bendy Bodies founder Dr. Linda Bluestein joins in to give advice from her side of the stethoscope. Dr. Bluestein describes a medical one-sheet and how to build one for your medical care, and shares what she wants teen patients specifically to know about advocating for your own health. Dr. Bluestein discusses options you might have if you feel unseen or unheard in an appointment, and suggests ways to connect with a doctor during an appointment. Filled with excellent insight from both sides of the prescription pad, this episode is one you’ll want to listen to with a notepad handy. #spoonie #chronicillness #ehlersdanlossyndrome #ehlersdanlos #hypermobility #chronicpain #pots #heds #ehlersdanlossyndromes #mcas #invisibleillness #hypermobilitysyndrome  #hypermobilityspectrumdisorders  #zebrastrong  #bendybodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #JenniferMilner #balletwhisperer #hypermobilitymd
11/4/202144 minutes, 37 seconds
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36. Needling for Pain with Mandy Blackmon, DPT

What exactly is dry needling? How is it different from acupuncture? What sort of issues might it be used for? Dry needling can be a vital part of an artistic athlete’s healthcare, but sometimes can be misunderstood. Mandy Blackmon, DPT, head physical therapist for Atlanta Ballet's company dancers also serves as an instructor in the Dry Needling Series for Myopain Seminars since 2014. Mandy explains why she considers dry needling to be a highly effective tool for treating the hypermobile population, and how people with hypermobility can react differently to dry needling. She offers advice on where to start when faced with people with multi-systemic issues, and reveals why dry needling is like rebooting a computer! Mandy tells us how to find a dry-needling practitioner, and what information to share with that professional, as well as outlining situations where dry needling might not be appropriate. Whether you’re new to dry needling or use it as a regular part of your health maintenance toolbox, there’s a lot to learn from this excellent discussion. To learn more about Dr. Blackmon and Myopain Seminars: https://www.mandydancept.com/ https://www.atlantadancemedicine.com/ https://www.myopainseminars.com/resources/blog/ • • • • #dryneedling #dancemedicine #hypermobility #hypermobile #dancephysicaltherapy #chronicpain #ehlersdanlossyndrome #fibromyalgia #ehlersdanlos  #heds #hypermobility #zebrastrong #BendyBodies #zebra #chronicpainwarrior #JenniferMilner #balletwhisperer  #hypermobilityMD #BendyBodiesPodcast
10/14/202140 minutes, 4 seconds
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35. Reeducating Mast Cells with Anne Maitland, MD, PhD

Mast cells: interesting and mysterious. You can’t be born without them, but they don’t show up in blood tests. They’re found throughout the body and can affect multiple systems in vastly different ways. What makes them misbehave? We spoke with renowned Allergy and Immunology physician, Anne Maitland, MD, about the role of mast cells in the body, what happens when they go “off script”, and what we can do about it. Dr. Maitland explains that mast cells are necessary for recognizing and healing tissue injury, and make a decision on how to react. But what if your mast cells perceive the situation incorrectly? What if they perceive a five-alarm fire when it’s just an overcooked, smoky dinner? The mast cells react disproportionately to the perceived threat, and the over-reaction manifests itself throughout the body. She discusses how misbehaving mast cells manifest differently in different systems; she talks through examples of mast cell disorders; and she lists three questions to ask yourself as you try to figure out: are your mast cells misbehaving? Dr. Maitland describes the challenges people with mast cell disorders face in getting properly diagnosed and treated, and outlines her approach to treating mast cell disorders.  And finally, Dr. Maitland likens the hypermobile patient to a Maserati, and explains why proper maintenance is important sooner rather than later. A deep dive into all things mast cell-related, this episode is full of wisdom you won’t want to miss! Visit these links for more information about the books mentioned by Dr. Maitland. https://hiddenstripes.com/ https://originwellnesscolorado.com/passport #Mastcellactivationsyndrome #Mastcellactivationdisorder #Mastcelldisease #MastCell #Hypermobilityspectrumdisorder #Hypermobilityspectrumdisorders #Ehlersdanlossyndromes #Doublejointed #heds  #ehlersdanlosawareness #BendyBodies  #hypermobilityMD #BendyBodiesPodcast #JenniferMilner For more information about Dr. Maitland, visit https://clinicalparadigms.com/ or https://chiarinsc.com/patient/ For more information about Dr. Linda Bluestein, visit https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/ For more information about Jennifer Milner, visit https://www.jennifer-milner.com/
9/30/202158 minutes, 42 seconds
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34. Highlighting GI Disorders with Leonard Weinstock, M.D.

Are you suffering from gastrointestinal distress? People with hypermobility disorders have a higher prevalence of GI problems than the general population. Dr. Leonard Weinstock, board-certified gastroenterologist with expertise in Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and related disorders, sits down with Bendy Bodies to discuss this very topic. Dr. Weinstock discusses the “unhappy triad" of EDS, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) and how MCAS may actually be at the heart of EDS. He lists ways to be evaluated for GI disorders and speculates that 10-17% of the general population may have undiagnosed MCAS. He stresses the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment and thinking outside the box. We look at gastroparesis and small bowel intestinal overgrowth (SIBO) and their links to hEDS and hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD), and Dr. Weinstock outlines the prevalence of median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) in people with MCAS or POTS. He elaborates on his prescribing practices with low-dose naltrexone (LDN) to help increase endorphin production and reduce inflammation, and lists vitamins and diet changes that can be effective in people with MCAS. As one of the authors of "Covid-19 hyperinflammation and post-Covid-19 illness may be rooted in mast cell activation syndrome", Dr. Weinstock discusses the possible link between long-COVID 19 illness and MCAS. And finally, he shares suggestions on what to do if you’re having difficulty finding a GI specialist who understands complicated disorders like EDS and MCAS. For anyone dealing with GI issues, as well as physicians looking to understand the connection between hypermobility and GI disorders, this is a timely and important podcast. https://www.gidoctor.net/provider/leonard-weinstock-md https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32328892/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32920235/ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338327834_Perioperative_Care_in_Patients_with_Ehlers_Danlos_Syndromes #Podcast #LeonardWeinstockMD #GIdisorders #EDS #zebrastrong #MCAS #MALS #POTS #SIBO #hEDS #autoimmunedisorders #BendyBodies #BendyBodiespodcast #hypermobilitymd #lindabluesteinmd #jennifermilner #bodiesinmotion #balletwhisperer #hypermobility #mastcelldisease #mastcelldisorder #EhlersDanlos #EDSAwarenessMonth
5/27/202151 minutes, 21 seconds
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33. Conquering the Wall: A Round Table Discussion

Do you live with a hypermobility disorder? Whether you have a connective tissue disorder like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome, or a hypermobility spectrum disorder, you are not alone.  These conditions affect millions of people worldwide and disproportionately impact performing artists such as dancers, gymnasts, circus artists, and more.  What do these have in common?   Bodies that rely on aesthetics as well as maintaining peak performance. So how do you continue forward as your condition poses challenges to what you want to do? And when your health derails your career plans, how do you recover from that? We sat down with several athletic artists living with EDS, to hear their stories. We chatted with Marimba Gold-Watts, a former dancer and now Pilates trainer and teacher at Alvin Ailey; Mariana J. Plick, a circus artist; Kyle Thompson, a former elite baseball player and competitive cheerleader; and Cailey Brandon, a former dancer and now Pilates trainer. Our panelists discuss the early days, when things were “easy”, and the point at which it became difficult. They share how their hypermobility disorders may have gone undiagnosed for a long time, lending itself to seemingly random and frustrating multiple injuries. Many identified with “hitting the EDS wall”, and the sharp turn their health seemed to take at that point. We hear emotional stories, and lots of wisdom for other people also struggling with hypermobility disorders. The panelists also shared their hope, reflecting on ways that their disorders have made them even stronger right now, and revealed what advice they would offer to their younger selves if they had the chance. Filled with “Oh my goodness, me too!” moments, as well as words of gut-level truth, this is an episode filled with bravery. You won’t want to miss it. #hypermobility #heds #zebrastrong #hypermobilitydisorders #ehlersdanlossyndrome #hypermobileathletes #hypermobileartists #hypermobiledancers #hypermobilitymd #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #bodiesinmotion #jennifermilner
5/13/20211 hour, 1 minute, 49 seconds
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32. Embracing Neurodivergency with Jessica Eccles, MD

Neurodivergency occurs at a much higher rate amongst people with hypermobility disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders. What’s the connection? Jessica Eccles, MD, senior clinical academic psychiatrist at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and specialist in brain-body neuroscience, recently spoke with Bendy Bodies about these neurological conditions that include dyslexia, autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia. Dr. Eccles led the first neuroimaging study of hypermobility and her work has focused on neuropsychiatric manifestations of connective tissue disorders. Dr. Eccles stresses that neurodivergency isn’t a disability or disorder, but a different way of neurological processing. She explains surprising findings of her research including possible explanations for the link between hypermobility and anxiety. Dr. Eccles reveals that people with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes) are seven times more likely to be autistic, and six times more likely to have ADHD, compared to the general population. She stresses the importance of recognizing the link between hypermobility and neurodivergency and dives into proprioceptive issues and dyspraxia. Dr. Eccles offers suggestions for seeking help if you suspect you are neurodivergent. She also provides advice for teachers and parents to be more effective in their roles with neurdivergent artists. As Dr. Eccles states, “Neurodivergency shouldn’t be thought of as something to hold you back, but something to embrace.” If you or someone you know may be neurodivergent, this is an episode not to be missed. Find Dr. Eccles: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/about/contact-us/staff/dr-jessica-eccles.aspx @BendyBrain https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jessica_Eccles Suggested reading: "The Relationship between Autism and Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7711487/ #autismacceptence #autismawareness #neurodivergent #autisticadults #neurodiversity #autistic #autimstruth #redinstead #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #lindabluesteinmd #jennifermilner #zebrastrong #hypermobility #hypermobilitydisorders
4/22/202136 minutes, 43 seconds
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31. Allowing Imperfection with Bonnie Robson, MD

A very high percentage of dancers and athletic artists struggle with perfectionism: it’s what makes us so good at what we do, while at the same time can be unhealthy for us as individuals. Bonnie Robson, world-renowned psychiatrist and dance medicine specialist, is back to talk to us about perfectionism in the arts world. She defines perfectionism, and explores the duality of perfectionism and anxiety. Bonnie discusses the difference between positive and negative perfectionism, and warns of the danger of the “I should” syndrome. Bonnie shares techniques to get rid of negative thoughts and looks at performance STRIVINGS versus performance CONCERNS. She discusses the variables that differentiate between adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism, and how unhealthy competition actually decreases creativity. We look at how the pursuit of perfection can increase stress, which contributes to social anxiety, eating disorder, and suicidal thoughts. Bonnie offers tips for training and setting reasonable goals, and shares tools for parents to recognize stress and anxiety in their young artists. As Bonnie reminds everyone who strives for perfection, “It’s ok to say that’s good enough”. This episode is a must-listen for parents, artists, studio owners, and dance medicine professionals working with artists on a regular basis. Link to "Brain structure and joint hypermobility: relevance to the expression of psychiatric symptoms" article mentioned in the episode: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3365276/ #anxiety #mentalhealth #selflove #bodypositivity #mentalhealthawareness #disorderedeating #perfectionism #depression #perfectionist #ehlersdanlossyndromes #selfcare #mcas #healthcoach #movementismedicine #healthyliving #pots #inspiration #motivation #perfection #berealnotperfect #certifiedhealthcoach #IADMS #danceanxiety #mentalhealthfordancers #BendyBodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #jennifermilner #bodiesinmotion #balletwhisperer #hypermobilitymd
4/8/202159 minutes, 52 seconds
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30. Focusing on Fascia with Jill Miller

Jill Miller’s life was upended with shocking news of end-stage osteoarthritis in her early forties. This led to her exploration of healthy ways of releasing and restoring her hypermobile body. Her study of the body led her to fascia and its importance in healthy motion. As she began applying fascial  work to her own body practice, she realized she wanted to share her own journey and what she’d learned in the process. So what exactly is fascia? Fascia is the structural web in the body that connects all the parts together: organs, muscles, tendons, and nerves are all surrounded by it. Fascia is richly innervated by sensory nerves, and plays an important role in proprioception and interoception. In this episode, Jill discusses why stretching feels so good, and suggests healthier ways to achieve that feeling. She touches on why tears in connective tissue, especially tendons and ligaments, are particularly challenging to repair, and thus why it’s important for bendy bodies to understand fascia. Jill believes that understanding fascia gives us insight into more effective and efficient ways to alter perceived tightness and transform your embodied sense of the musculoskeletal system, and wants to help people define longevity strategies for healthy movement patterns. Finally, Jill speaks about her book “The Roll Model” and how she developed her own fascial mobilization system - and wants to share it with everyone! Whether you’re new to the fascial world  or wanting a deeper look, there’s something for everyone in this episode. For the Anatomy Trains program,visit: https://tuneup.fit/6DVqIz
3/25/202158 minutes, 32 seconds
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29. Capturing Limitless Authenticity with Rachel Neville

Photography encapsulates a moment in time like no other art form, and every artist walks into the studio wanting to capture their best selves. Some walk away ecstatic, while others leave unsatisfied or even injured. Dancers and photographers alike may feel pressure for photos that continue to push the body - and safety - to its limits, to capture the next “WOW!” shot. How do you get pictures that reflect your fullest, most amazing self, without pushing your body too far? How do you find a photographer who understands dancers and will make you feel safe? Bendy Bodies asked renowned dance photographer Rachel Neville these very questions. Rachel’s passion for dancers is evident as she discusses the ways she helps dancers get the perfect arabesque or action shot. But she also understands the tension a  photographer wrestles with, of wanting to push boundaries in art while at the same time protecting the dancer and creating a safe space. What is the photographer’s responsibility in making sure a dancer stays physically and emotionally safe? Rachel offers practical tips on developing a session organically, finding your “best self” and working into it. She reveals why she treats a shoot like a ballet class, shares the reason photography shoots take patience and practice from both the photographer and the dancer, and explains why the foundational elements of how the shoot is built are just as important as using the right muscles in a movement. Rachel discusses how she makes dancers feel confident and safe in a shoot, and find their emotional expression through their movements. She emphasizes the importance of letting dancers know that the photographer “has your back”, and opens up about what she wishes all dancers could know before a photo shoot, offering questions to ask photographers beforehand. And for all artists, Rachel asks the question: How do we find our authentic self, and truly show what we have to offer? If you’re a photographer, artist, or simply a fan, you’ll love the wisdom in this episode. Link is in bio, or listen on your favorite streaming platform! #rachelneville #rachelnevillestudios #dancephotography #dance #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #hypermobility #hypermobilitymd #lindabluesteinmd #jennifermilner #bodiesinmotion
3/11/202157 minutes, 56 seconds
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26. Balancing Seasonal Fueling Patterns with Kristin Koskinen, RDN

Do you love a fresh start? Have you ever made a new year's resolution and then dreaded it?  It’s common for people to look at eating habits, make bold, sweeping commitments, and vow to be perfect this month/year/lifetime. But that’s not realistic, or healthy - physically or emotionally. And since people with hypermobility disorders are statistically more likely to display obsessive behaviors like disordered eating, it's something we need to talk about.  Kristin Koskinen, RDN is back with Bendy Bodies to talk about this potential minefield of a season.  She reminds us that self-improvement is different from self-abuse, and that “being good” does NOT equal “restrictive”. Kristin points out that fear can be a significant driver and that each person’s fear, guilt, or insecurity must be acknowledged. She encourages people to look at the “why” behind wanting to make behavior changes and promotes moving forward with small baby steps.  Kristin discusses how extrinsic devices aren’t necessarily helpful or accurate, how labels might box us in, and reminds us of the importance of not trying to “undo” what we’ve already done, but to simply try to move forward.  This episode is for anyone struggling physically or emotionally with food patterns, or even for the healthy dancer looking to be more mindful of her nourishment.
1/28/202152 minutes, 7 seconds
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25. Addressing Pain in Hypermobility Disorders with Linda Bluestein, M.D.

Why are hypermobility disorders painful and what can be done about it? When discussing conditions associated with hypermobility, like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) or hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), pain is often mysteriously left out of the conversation despite the fact that persistent pain can be very much a part of many peoples’ lives. Addressing pain early in the process is vital for long-term health and well-being. Bendy Bodies founder, Dr. Bluestein, takes the guest seat in this episode as she peels back the onion-like layers of the development of chronic pain and options for managing it. She discusses factors that influence how much pain a person experiences, and names some frequently missed contributors to chronic pain. Dr. Bluestein dispels some common myths about chronic pain, and explains why our thoughts and actions are important in how we perceive pain. She cautions that there’s often no one single solution to pain and shares her multidisciplinary approach to a patient experiencing chronic pain, breaking down each step of her long-term care plan. A perfect companion to Episode 24, with Beth Darnall, "Thriving with Chronic Pain", this episode is great for anyone suffering from chronic pain. https://www.danceusa.org/informational-papers https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/ https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/ https://www.chronicpainpartners.com/ https://edswellness.org/ https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/ http://hypermobility.org/ https://tinyurl.com/bendybodiesyoutube https://tinyurl.com/bendybodiesapplepodcast https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/ehlers-danlos-syndromes-toolkit.aspx
1/14/202157 minutes, 32 seconds
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24. Thriving with Chronic Pain with Beth Darnall, PhD

Living with hypermobility disorders often means learning to live with chronic pain, and as pain is a whole-person experience - physical, emotional, and mental - it stands to reason that pain can have a profound influence on every facet of our daily lives. Joining us for this episode is Beth Darnall, a Stanford pain scientist, international speaker, evidence-based psychologist, and author. Beth encourages us to think about pain more broadly, explaining why a multi-disciplinary assessment is so necessary for diagnosing and treating pain. Beth talks about how sleep is a top predictor of pain levels for the next day, and how treatment for sleep disorders can help with chronic pain. She goes in-depth on the topic of treating chronic pain using behavioral treatments so people are empowered to help themselves, and lists some of the best ways people can improve chronic pain. Beth gives suggestions on how to reduce pain-related distress, discusses the importance of dedicating time to practicing skills and strategies that help people live with chronic pain, and reminds us that it’s what we do in the day-to-day that makes the difference, more than what happens with sporadic office visits. Check out this must-listen episode for anyone struggling to cope with chronic pain! https://bethdarnall.com/
12/30/202033 minutes, 1 second
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23. Empowering Patients with Multisystemic Diseases with Jill Schofield, M.D.

Dr. Jill Schofield, founder and director of the Center for Multisystem Disease, is back to discuss multisystemic diseases and what she wishes everyone knew about them. She offers insight into how to get better care (and what to avoid), the pros and cons of having more or less lenient diagnostic criteria for diseases such as hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), and advice on what to do if you suspect you have MCAS. Dr. Schofield explores possible reasons for the increased incidence of autoimmune disease, and gives guidance on finding the help you need in today’s online world. If you missed Dr. Schofield's first interview with us, please be sure to listen to our previous episode, "Investigating Autoimmune Disorders with Dr. Jill Schofield", for more great insight! Visit BendyBodies.org for links to all episodes. Thank you so very much to Dr. Jill Schofield for being so generous with her time and expertise! Visit the link below to more information about Dr. Schofield (with fabulous photos from MCAS retreats including one with friend and Bendy Bodies Cohost, Dr. Linda Bluestein). https://www.centerformultisystemdisease.com/.../about-dr...
12/3/202034 minutes, 47 seconds
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22. Managing Dysautonomia with Svetlana Blitshteyn, M.D.

In this second interview with Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, board-certified neurologist and director of the Dysautonomia Clinic, we go beyond identifying common disorders such as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), and take a look at how people with these conditions can improve their quality of life. Dr. Blitshteyn talks about effective exercises for people with POTS, easy steps to boost sodium and fluid intake, and how important it is to address sleep disorders in this population. She discusses why people might need to be tested for comorbidities such as EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes) or autoimmune disorders, the difficulty in treating fatigue in this population, and how people can find help with their dysautonomia. Dr. Blitshteyn also explains post-viral dysautonomia and why it’s important to understand in this time of COVID, and expresses her hopes for the future of dysautonomia treatment and research. Learn about Dr. Blitshteyn, https://www.dysautonomiaclinic.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DysautonomiaClinic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dysclinic Learn about Bendy Bodies: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/podcast Instagram: @bendy_bodies Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BendyBodiesPodcast/ Learn about Dr. Linda Bluestein: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ Learn about Jennifer Milner: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
11/19/202048 minutes, 21 seconds
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21. Demystifying Dysautonomia with Svetlana Blitshteyn, M.D.

Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe disorders of the autonomic nervous system (which controls all the automatic functions of the body like blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, temperature regulation, etc.). Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, a board-certified neurologist and director of the Dysautonomia Clinic, joins us as we dig into these disorders and explore their defining features. POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), small-fiber neuropathy, and neurocardiogenic syncope are frequent comorbidities with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes), Marfan Syndrome, and other disorders of connective tissue. Dr. Blitshteyn discusses who is considered high-risk for POTS, explains neurocardiogenic syncope and small-fiber neuropathy, and talks about the difference between the three disorders. She explores common symptoms of POTS and outlines frequent comorbidities such as MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome), IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and EDS. Finally, Dr. Blitshteyn answers the question - Is there a link between dysautonomia and autoimmune issues? An in-depth exploration of dysautonomia and what that might entail for the hypermobile population, this episode is important for patients and healthcare professionals alike who are eager to learn about these complex disorders. Learn about Dr. Blitshteyn, https://www.dysautonomiaclinic.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DysautonomiaClinic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dysclinic Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
11/5/202042 minutes, 32 seconds
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20. Building Better Bone Strength with Rebekah Rotstein

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects tens of millions of people each year. Dancers and other high-level athletes are often at higher risk due to low body weight, increased time indoors, and suboptimal nutritional support. Rebekah Rotstein is a former pre-professional dancer who received a shocking diagnosis of osteoporosis at age 28, and then spent the next several years looking for ways to optimize her bone strength through exercise and nutrition. Rebekah is a movement educator and certified Pilates instructor who has presented at conferences and symposia around the world on the topics of bone health, anatomy and movement, and is the founder of Buff Bones®, a research-supported system combining education and focused exercises aimed at the optimization of bone and joint health. Rebekah shares the knowledge she’s gained in her extensive research on osteoporosis and stresses that a diagnosis isn’t the end of the world but rather a test for advocating for oneself. She discusses why bone density is especially important for those with hypermobility disorders. She theorizes on why dancers should be informed about osteoporosis, and emphasizes the importance of finding a good nutritionist, trainer, and more. Finally, Rebekah shares how her diagnosis planted a desire to help people with osteoporosis, and to help future generations prevent it. Links: https://buff-bones.com/ https://www.instagram.com/gotbuffbones/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/rebekahrotstein/?hl=en [email protected]
10/22/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 54 seconds
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19. Living fully with a Hypermobility Disorder with Linda Bluestein, M.D.

In this second interview with Bendy Bodies host Dr. Linda Bluestein, she explores the realities of living with a connective tissue disorder. As a renowned hypermobility expert, Dr. Bluestein discusses issues that can exist alongside Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) or Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), such as autoimmune issues, dysautonomia, and more. She shares her acronym for maintaining a high quality of life, discusses the small changes that can add up to meaningful improvement in quality of life, and reveals her hopes for the future of HSD/EDS research and treatment. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
10/8/202048 minutes, 43 seconds
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18. Molding Healthy, Successful Artists with Mariaelena Ruiz

How do you prepare a hypermobile student for the rigors of the professional dance world, finding that balance of exploring their gifts while moving cautiously to avoid injury? This week we are joined by Mariaelena Ruiz, director of Cary Ballet Conservatory’s Professional Training Program and recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award at the Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals. She discusses her experiences training high-level dancers who wrestle with their hypermobility. Mariaelena brings her decades as a professional ballerina with a wonky body to her classroom and has a personal understanding of the struggles hypermobile dancers face. She asserts that her injuries also made her both a better dancer and a better teacher, and made her a firm believer in cross-training. She discusses why her teaching is focused on strength and not bendiness, and how she shapes a student’s training over the course of several years. We talk about why slower is better, and how she and her team approach the long-term training of a hypermobile dancer. She shares tips for teachers of hypermobile dancers, gives advice for frustrated bendy dancers, and reveals what she’d like to see support-wise from the dance medicine community. Full of thoughtfulness and packed with advice, Mariaelena’s interview is not one to miss! Learn about Mariaelena Ruiz and follow her on social media: https://www.caryballet.com/ https://www.facebook.com/CaryBallet/ https://www.instagram.com/mariaelenaruizofficial/ https://www.instagram.com/caryballet/ Learn about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: www.hypermobilitymd.com and www.bendybodies.org Instagram: @hypermobilitymd and @bendy_bodies Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ and www.facebook.com/bendybodiespodcast/ Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
9/25/202056 minutes, 19 seconds
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17. Training the Hypermobile Dancer with Jennifer Milner

For people working with artistic athletes such as dancers, circus artists, and gymnasts, training the hypermobile body brings its own set of challenges. Shepherding a “wonky body” through healthy training may feel overwhelming and frustrating and, at times, like you’re spinning your wheels. Dr. Linda Bluestein turns the tables to chat with Bendy Bodies' own Jennifer Milner about what it takes to train a hypermobile dancer or athlete. Jennifer brings her almost twenty years of cross-training dancers across the globe to the conversation, revealing what she’s learned from her dancers and her own dance career navigating injuries with a hypermobile body. She shares what she’s observed in the hypermobile population and how she approaches their training differently than the general population. Jennifer discusses her goals in working with hypermobile dancers and provides concrete suggestions on how to achieve them. She discloses what she wishes dance teachers and medical professionals knew about hypermobile dancers, and how dancers with hypermobility can add longevity to their careers. This interview is full of practical suggestions. It's a must listen for dance teachers, strength and conditioning coaches, healthcare professionals, and dancers themselves! Learn about Jennifer Milner: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/ Learn about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: www.hypermobilitymd.com and www.bendybodies.org Instagram: @hypermobilitymd and @bendybodiespodcast Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ and www.facebook.com/bendybodiespodcast/ Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/
9/10/202058 minutes, 42 seconds
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16. Empowering Flexibility with Dr. Jen Crane, DPT

Extreme flexibility has permeated social media and influenced every physical art form, from dance to ice skating and of course circus arts. As artistic athletes are asked to explore greater and more unstable end ranges of motion, performers are often left to figure out how to stay healthy for themselves. For those artists and athletes, the question isn’t IF they should work in an end range of motion, but HOW. Dr. Jen Crane, a physical therapist specializing in circus arts, chats with us on how to do just that. She talks about the difference between productive discomfort and non-productive discomfort, and how to self-assess between the two. She weighs in on the pros and cons of seeking a definitive diagnosis for EDS or other connective tissue disorders, and emphasises the need to be strong in your end range. Jen shares her views on passive versus active stretching, how she increases flexibility with strength drills, and sketches out the changes she’d like to see in circus arts training. Perfect for all people with hypermobility looking to learn more about strengthening, as well as anyone wanting to pursue increasing their flexibility in a healthy way, this episode is a wealth of information on stretching and strengthening safely. Learn about Jen Crane, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC Website: https://www.cirquephysio.com Instagram: @Cirque_Physio Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: www.hypermobilitymd.com and www.bendybodies.org Instagram: @hypermobilitymd and @bendybodiespodcast Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ and www.facebook.com/bendybodiespodcast/ Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ Learn about co-host Jennifer Milner: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
8/28/202050 minutes, 36 seconds
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15. Shaping a Healthy Career with Beckanne Sisk

Hypermobility is often desired in dancers for the long, beautiful lines it affords. But hypermobility adds its own challenges to dancers seeking a long, healthy career on the stage. In this episode, we chat with principal dancer from Ballet West and international guest star Beckanne Sisk about how she manages her hypermobility. Beckanne opens up about learning to rein in her hypermobility, discovering when to hold back and when to lean into it, as well as how her pre-professional teachers helped her learn control. She talks about how she maintains her strength and flexibility, what her maintenance program looks like, and why she stresses the importance of mentally working correctly while approaching the work thoughtfully. Beckanne speaks frankly about her approach to stretching safely (hint: it’s not about stretching, it’s about strengthening!) and advice she’d like to share with younger hypermobile dancers (hint: stop stretching and start strengthening!) Beckanne explains why she’s grateful for her scoliosis and hypermobility, how they’ve challenged and shaped her as a dancer, and what she wants to share with the next generation of dancers. A must-listen for every dancer living with the blessings and challenges of hypermobility, this episode is one you won't want to miss!
8/11/202043 minutes, 18 seconds
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14. Stabilizing the Hypermobile Body through Circus Arts with Emily Scherb, PT, DPT

Nowhere is flexibility and hypermobility more valued and explored than in the circus arts! But while circus artists are highly skilled and extremely strong, working in extreme end ranges of motion comes with its own set of issues and potential injuries. In this podcast, we chat with Dr. Emily Scherb, a DPT who specializes in circus and performing arts. Emily examines what’s similar (and different) between circus and performing arts, looks at what is “normal” for the circus population, and outlines when to push into your end range and when not to. We explore the differences in rehabilitating the hypermobile versus the non-hypermobile population, who Emily would like to see on an artist’s dream support team, and why she literally wrote the book on anatomy for aerial artists. Emily explains why she prioritizes education for instructors and performers alike, and how she wants to change the language of technique and instill self-knowledge for the next generation. Emily believes circus training can be beneficial for all populations, and encourages adults to start recreational classes! As she says, “It’s never too late to come play with the circus!” Learn more about Emily: https://www.thecircusdoc.com/ Instagram: @thecircusdoc Check out these educational programs: Intro to circus healthcare discount code makes it just $5 https://circusanatomy.com/p/learning-the-ropes/?product_id=1946251&coupon_code=CIRCUSBODIES Hanging Analysis of the Shoulder course https://circusanatomy.com/p/hanging-analysis-of-the-shoulder Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/ Call 715-600-1722 to leave a voicemail with a question for Bendy Bodies. We just might answer it in a future episode.
7/30/202051 minutes, 34 seconds
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13. Healing the Brain Holistically with Ilene Ruhoy M.D., Ph.D.

Many conditions found in "bendy" people have a neurologic basis, impacting both the brain and nervous system. In this Bendy Bodies episode, Dr. Ilene Ruhoy, the Medical Director and Founder of the Center for Healing Neurology, walks us through the integrative approach she takes to healing the brain and the body. Dr. Ruhoy discusses the “cross talk” between the gut and the brain and explains how the food we eat and the way we exercise affects our most vital organ, the brain. She covers migraines, myofascial pain, neck pain, “brain fog”, dysautonomia, and more. She shares her approach to the Pentad - EDS, dysautonomia, MCAS, autoimmune diseases, and GI problems - and why she thinks the "Octad" may be the more appropriate term. Dr. Ruhoy explores the connection between hypermobility and dysautonomia, explains how she approaches small fiber neuropathy, and elaborates on the value of packaged protocols as a place for people to start, while acknowledging that everyone has his own story and no two people are alike. Learn more about Dr. Ruhoy at https://www.centerforhealingneurology.com Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
7/17/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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12. Investigating Autoimmune Disorders with Jill Schofield, M.D.

World renowned expert in autoimmune disorders and the Founder and Director of the Center for Multisystem Disease, Dr. Jill Schofield, generously chatted with us in a recent interview. Autoimmunity (dysregulation of the immune system) is genetically inherited and will often have multiple triggers. Dr. Schofield discusses the relationship between autoimmune diseases, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, and dysautonomia (abnormal function of the autonomic nervous system). She dives into the difference between autoimmune and non-autoimmune dysautonomia and small-fiber neuropathy. She explores diagnoses like antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), when you might seek a work up for APS, and issues a call for action for doctors and researchers in this fast-growing field. Learn more about Jill Schofield, M.D.: Website: https://www.centerformultisystemdisease.com Follow us on Instagram: @BendyBodiesPodcast Follow Host, Linda Bluestein, M.D.: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ Follow Co-host, Jennifer Milner: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
7/2/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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11. Understanding Hypermobility Disorders with Linda Bluestein, M.D.

In this episode, Jennifer Milner interviews Bendy Bodies’ own host, Dr. Linda Bluestein! Hypermobility disorders can be frustratingly hard to diagnose or even define. From symptomatic joint laxity to connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) or Marfan Syndrome, the umbrella of hypermobility disorders covers a number of conditions and up-to-date information can be hard to find. Bendy Bodies' host, Linda Bluestein, M.D., shares her expertise with Jennifer Milner in this episode, opening up on how she turned the challenge of her own hypermobility disorder into a blessing for others as she made working with hypermobility disorders into her life’s work. Dr. Bluestein breaks down the different types of hypermobility, discusses the difference between signs and symptoms, and outlines some hallmark signs of connective tissue disorders. Be sure to listen to this incredibly informative episode! Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
6/18/202027 minutes, 14 seconds
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10. Cultivating Psychological Skills with Bonnie Robson, M.D.

Living with stress and anxiety has become the rule rather than the exception in today’s world. Everyone develops coping strategies of some kind, but without encouragement and guidance these strategies can be dysfunctional and even harmful. Dr. Bonnie Robson talks through the risks inherent in social and physical isolation and how to develop strategies that can support and encourage long-term mental and physical health. She explores how and why sleep is affected by stress offering ways to better regulate this crucial component of the circadian cycle. Dr. Robson walks through developing a safe place, the importance of paying attention to the present moment, and how and when you should take your emotional temperature. She outlines ways to build several tools for your emotional toolbox, and reminds us that in these times, good enough is a great goal to have. Links: Befrienders Worldwide - https://www.befrienders.org BBC Action Line UK - https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/ The Actor's Fund USA - https://actorsfund.org The AFC Canada - https://afchelps.ca IADMS's Response to COVID-19 - https://www.iadms.org/page/coronavirus Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
5/28/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 39 seconds
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9. Educating the Dance Community with Lisa Howell

Dancing with a hypermobile body brings its own set of challenges, from a general lack of stability to a slower recovery time. As a young pre-professional, a dancer might not understand why she must find conscious strength before subconscious strength; why daily activities must be examined through the same placement lens as a dance class; and why “boring” and “tedious” can equal “good for you”. As a parent, helping a hypermobile dancer through the pre-professional years can be bewildering and frustrating for people who don’t understand why their daughter must wait another six months to go on pointe, or why they sometimes need to be “the bad guy” and advocate for their dancer at the studio. Listen in as physiotherapist Lisa Howell explains what every dance teacher needs to know about hypermobile dancers. She discusses the complexity and subtleties of working with an injured hypermobile dancer, how to optimally develop readiness to go on pointe, and how abdominal pain can affect turns and extensions. Lisa looks at why the key to greater flexibility is building stability, why the ability to self-assess is one of the most important things we can give dancers as human beings, and how this generation of pre-professional dancers will change the dance industry for the better. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
5/15/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 33 seconds
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8. Demystifying Genetics with Paldeep Atwal, M.D.

Demystifying Genetics with Paldeep Atwal, M.D. Your DNA holds many secrets.  Why do drugs work on some people and not on others?  Why are conditions expressed so differently in different family members?  How might hypermobility disorders, dysautonomia (like POTS) and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) be related and how does coronavirus fit into all of this?   Listen in as top geneticist, Dr. Paldeep Atwal, shared his expertise on the following: Hypermobility disorders - Why are Bendy people so different from each other yet can also share many common traits? Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes - Why is it taking so long to find “the hEDS gene” Epigenetics - How much of a difference do our day to day choices make? Genetic and pharmacogenetic testing - Why do the testing if you cannot change the outcome? Important note: The discussion about nutrition and intermittent fasting refers to the body of research with subjects from the general population. Therefore, this information is most applicable to those who are overweight or obese. You need quality nutrients for your body to perform properly! PLEASE do not make any changes to your diet (meaning foods you eat), without consulting with your own primary care physician or nutritionist. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
4/29/202055 minutes, 4 seconds
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7. Understanding and Preparing for Coronavirus with Immunologist, Dwight McKee, M.D.

Ready for some cutting edge COVID-19 science? In this episode, learn new tips and gain insight into the coronavirus situation! SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus, has forever changed the world as we know it. Why is this virus unique? Why does the response to infection vary so dramatically? What can we do to minimize the risk of infection and decrease the impact if we get sick? Dwight McKee, M.D., Ph.D., board certified in immunology, medical oncology, hematology, nutrition, and integrative medicine, shares his unique perspective on the Bendy Bodies Podcast. Dr. McKee discusses with Dr. Bluestein useful foods and supplements, psychosocial strategies and special considerations for people with pre-existing conditions. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
4/17/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 17 seconds
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6. Minding the Mental Health Gap with Kathleen McGuire Gaines

Traits that can make a dancer so valuable in the dance world - drive, perfectionism, obsessing over details - also put them at higher risk for mental health disorders. And while physical health resources become ever more commonplace in the dance world, mental health resources remain woefully lacking, oftentimes uncomfortably left in a hidden half-shadow. A few years ago, Kathleen McGuire Gaines wrote an article, “Why are we still so bad at addressing dancers’ mental health?” for Dance Magazine. The article went viral, becoming one of the most-read articles in the history of the publication, and the response ignited a passion in Kathleen to bring mental health issues to the forefront of conversations, while bringing resources to the doorstep of every dancer. In this Bendy Bodies episode, Kathleen shares her own journey through the mental health minefield of the dance world, and how it spurred her to bring help to the current generation of dancers by founding Minding the Gap, a social good start up for dancers’ mental health. Kathleen talks about how depression isn’t simply weakness, that shame is a terrible motivator, and how encouraging and informing correct coping strategies can make all the difference. She shares her desire to reduce eating disorders by addressing the underlying mental health issues, and reveals why it’s so important to have one specific phone number ready in your phone for sharing. Join us for this important conversation we all should be having. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
4/12/202053 minutes, 34 seconds
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5. Optimizing Nutrition to Support a Dancer’s Health with Kristin Koskinen, RDN

While many dancers strive to fuel healthily, making the most out of your meals can be overwhelming. In today’s world especially, dancers need strong immune systems and healthy bodies ready for whatever challenge may come next. Registered dietician nutritionist Kristin Koskinen discusses nutritional needs for dancers and how to shape lifelong healthy eating habits. Kristin examines common mistakes dancers make in fueling choices, and how you can shape a flexible diet built to shift around external factors. She’ll explore creating flexible strategies like a Ballet Bento Box and discuss the base requirements of any foundationally strong diet. Additionally, Kristin lists immune-boosting nutrients and how to find them in foods; explores why stress causes nutritional deficiencies; and explains why removing common inflammatory foods from your diet might help your overall health. Join us for this important discussion! As Kristin pointe out, “What you do now defines how long and how strong you dance.” Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
4/4/20201 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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4. Supporting a Dancer’s Mental Health with Psychotherapist, Terry Hyde

Dancers train constantly to attain peak performance, working long hours to achieve physical and artistic perfection. Unfortunately, mental health is often sacrificed for that perfection. Terry Hyde, former dancer with the Royal Ballet and psychotherapist with patients all over the world, joins Linda and Jennifer to explore this often-neglected aspect of dancer health, and discusses how hypermobility can bring unique mental health problems of its own. Terry discusses the high incidence of anxiety, depression, and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) in hypermobile dancers and explores how a dancer’s perfectionism can be both a blessing and a curse. He describes the intrinsic link between the mind and the body, and how anxiety can be reframed into excitement. Terry reveals why it’s important to practice talking to your body, and discusses how friends and loved ones can support a dancer needing emotional help - as well as what not to do. Learn more about Terry Hyde: https://www.counsellingfordancers.com/about/ https://www.instagram.com/counsellingfordancers/ https://www.facebook.com/counsellingfordancers https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-hyde-ma-mbacp-b68617176/ https://twitter.com/counselingdance Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
3/30/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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3. Preserving the Hip with Orthopedic Surgeon, Joel Wells, M.D.

Hypermobility can affect every joint, but perhaps the most complicated one to understand and train is the hip. With a high prevalence of hip injuries in hypermobile dancers and athletes, proper diagnosis and treatment is critical. From hip dysplasia to labral tears, dance science and medicine’s understanding of the hip continues to evolve even as we work to find the most effective ways to treat and strengthen it. Listen in as Dr. Wells discusses his role as a hip preservationist, why educating a dancer on pathology and proper kinematics is so essential, and how hips are like baseball mitts! Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
3/12/202052 minutes, 52 seconds
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2. Ensuring Longevity: Screening, Strengthening and Supporting, with Physiotherapist Moira McCormack

In this continuation of our discussion with Moira McCormack, we delve deeper into Moira’s work as a researcher and tireless advocate for dance science and medicine in the studio setting. Moira talks through the basic screening tests used at the start of each season to help define a dancer’s strength and maintenance program for the year, explains what teachers of hypermobile dancers must understand, and reveals that “It’s never too late to build something else into your body. Nothing is insurmountable. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
3/5/202042 minutes, 34 seconds
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1. Reducing Injury and Increasing Education with Royal Ballet Physiotherapist, Moira McCormack

Moira’s tireless work with Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet school have helped build the Royal Ballet into an oft-emulated model of treatment and intervention for ballet dancers. Join us as Moira describes how important a dancer’s early training is - movement patterns, alignment, biomechanics - to increase their career longevity. Moira lists concrete, basic rules for training a hypermobile body, emphasizing the importance of strength work, patience in training, and the necessity of recovery time. It is not overstating it to say that Moira’s research, work, and advocacy have made it possible for hypermobile dancers to have a longer, healthier career. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hypermobilityMD/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hypermobilitymd/ And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: www.jennifer-milner.com Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermilnerbodiesinmotion/
2/26/202043 minutes, 4 seconds