Ah, another (kind of) science geek moment……..

Most of the patients I work with (I also teach Pilates/functional exercise at an occupational therapy clinic) have a lot of tightness, mostly from poor ergonomics, poor posture, poor everyday movements. (Like so many of us…) But they have a handful of patients who, for a variety of reasons, have hypermobile joints. These are the kids who’d play around with their “double jointedness” growing up, and still have that issue as adults. Because their joints lack stability, it can cause (possibly) wear and tear, leading to arthritis and chronic pain.

Which is where I come in, as a Pilates specialist. So many Pilates exercises (and despite the reputation of Pilates, the exercises do not have to be challenging!) emphasize stabilization! While I may not be able to completely solve their hypermobility issue, I can hopefully give them some tools to make them feel less wobbly.

Or, shall I say… us? I have a bit of hypermobility, myself. I’m not an extreme case, but it’s been causing me to have to back off of my beloved yoga (wrist pain). It’s what brought me to the OT clinic where I work, in the first place. (I had/still have some hypermobility in and around my shoulders, causing some compression that led down into my hands with nerve symptoms.)

And… it’s given me an idea for a big project I want to start over the summer, when I’m not teaching so much. Keep your eyes pealed… (but don’t use a vegetable peeler. That just gives an awful mental image.)


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