50 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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    • Salud y forma física

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.

    50. Pushing Limits with Jen Crane, DPT

    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

    • 40 min
    49. Pioneering a Path with Bonnie Moore Southgate

    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

    • 1 hr
    48. Supporting the Foot and Ankle with Andrea Zujko, DPT

    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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    47. Exploring the Link between Joint Hypermobility and Neurodivergency with Jessica Eccles, MRCPsych, PhD

    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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    46. Fueling Against Fatigue with Kristin Koskinen, RDN

    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.

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    #DanceNutrition #NutritionForDancers #dietitian #FoodRules #NutritionCoach #RDN #DietitianApproved #DietitiansOfInstagram

    #AntiinflammatoryDiet #ChronicFatigue #ChronicIllness #hypermobility #NourishYourBody

    #KristinKoskinenRDN #HypermobilityMD #JenniferMilner

    • 59 min
    45. Understanding Fatigue with Alan Pocinki, MD

    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.

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    #fatigue #ButYouDontLookSick #ChronicIllness #Hypermobility #EhlersDanlosSyndromes #EhlersDanlos #SleepDisorder #dysautonomia #AutonomicDysfunction #anxiety

    #BendyBodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #JenniferMilner #HypermobilityMD

    • 48 min

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