#Just5Minutes – even in the OR! Calf raises are a great way to build strength in your feet, ankles, and calves. They also help keep blood from pooling in your legs, because when your muscles contract, they help pump your blood around your body (i.e. backup from your legs). One of the exercises that are thought to help with Dysautonomia/POTS symptoms, and even intermittent numbness in the feet, or on the part of a lower leg, are heel/calf raises. If you can’t stand to do them, even holding on to something, you can mimic the same exercise while sitting...Read More
#EDSFitTip – The importance of keeping a micro-bend in your elbows and knees with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS)/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
#EDSFitTip – The importance of keeping a micro-bend in your elbows and knees with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS)/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) #EDSFitTip – With joint hypermobility (AKA – “double-jointed“), it’s important to be mindful of your range of motion in all joints, especially your joints that are most “loose” or “bendy.” While I’m not über hypermobile in my elbows, they still hyperextend. When lifting weights or doing arm exercises (i.e. in pics below), I do not extend to my “full range of motion,” even if the activity calls for it. The reason? My elbows’ full range of the movement extends...Read More
Proper neck aligment during activity and exercise is essential for anyone, but especially important for those of us with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. There are many of individuals with EDS, who have longer necks and due to the laxity of our connective tissues, also suffer from CranioCervical Instability (or CCI). Therefore, learning proper neck alignment, techniques and exercises to help keep our necks as strong as possible, are essential to our overall health and especially importnat for those of EDS. Here’s an example of how proper neck alignment can easily be overlooked: #EDSFitTip – position of your neck is so important...Read More
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