57 episodes

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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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.

    57. Alleviating Anxiety with Jo-Anne La Flèche

    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.

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    56. Optimizing Immunity with Kristin Koskinen, RDN

    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.

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    #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD #Bendy #BendyBuddy #Immunity #Bloating #DietitiansOfIG #Glucose #Gut #Supplement #ChronicDisease #ChronicIllness #InvisibleDisability #Infection #AlwaysOptimal #AutoImmune #NutritionForDancers #DanceNutrition #OptimalNutrition #NutrientDeficiencies

    • 57 min
    55. Cultivating Resiliency with Jazz Bynum

    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.

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    #BendyBuddy #Bendy #EhlersDanlos #Dancer #ZebraStrong  #ChronicIllness  #spoonie #Zebra  #Disease #ArtisticAthlete #Disability #EDS #JointStability

    #Bendy #hypermobile #HypermobilitySpectrum

    #BendyBallerina #BendyBallet #Ballet #Movement

    • 40 min
    54. Managing Mast Cell Pain with Linda Bluestein, MD

    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.

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    #BendyBuddy #HypermobilityMD #JenniferMilner #MastCell #Disease #ChronicDisease #Hypermobile #Histamine #FoodIntolerance #ChronicPain #ButYouDontLookSick #MCAS #MastCellActivation #ComplexIllness #EhlersDanlos #DoctorsOfIG #ChronicIllnessSupport #LowHistamine #Histaminintoleranz #MastCellActivationSyndrome

    • 46 min
    53. Creating a New Hypermobility Screening Tool with Aiko Callahan, DPT, and Stephanie Greenspan, DPT

    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 AikoCallahanPT@gmail.com.  AOPT members can access the full article here.  (link the word here if possible)  https://www.orthopt.org/content/publications.  Non members can contact sklinski@orthopt.org to discuss other options. You can also click here to dowload a sample of the Hypermobility Screening Tool: Hypermobility Screening Tool Sample PDF.

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    #BendyBuddy #Hypermobility #Hypermobile #Screening #EhlersDanlos #ConnectiveTissue #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #HypermobilitySpectrum #PhysicalTherapy #Acrobats #JointPain #Flexible #Aerial #Acrobatics #CircusArtist #Dance #DancerLife #DanceDance #Ballet #BalletLife #Mobility #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD #Bendy

    • 46 min
    52. Unlocking Jaw Pain with Leslie Russek, DPT, PhD

    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.

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    • 37 min

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