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Time: 11 am (EST) LIVE on EDS Wellness’ Facebook Page!

Below is an outline of today’s class:

To register go to Registration for 15 min “Just 5 Minutes” class

Time: 11 am (EST) LIVE on EDS Wellness’ Facebook Page!

Background Reading, Resources, and Information for Today’s Class:

What is Restorative/Corrective Exercise?

Restorative/corrective exercise is about motor patterning. Resetting and regaining natural movement. Correcting misalignments and biomechanical (AKA – the way our bodies move) load patterns that may have created or can lead to misuse/overuse injury and disability. According to “A corrective exercise by its simplest definition is a movement or exercise chosen to correct a specific dysfunction.”

To put it simply, restorative/corrective exercise focuses on “correcting” misalignments and going back to the way the human body was meant to move, in order to function optimally as the biomechanical and biochemical machine that it is. “Nutritious Movement educates interested individuals of all ages and physical abilities about how to restore their bodies to a more natural state, to facilitate longevity and optimal health.” (

Restorative/corrective exercise helps us with proprioception, protects us when we do engage in more intense activity, facilitates empowerment vs. dependence on healthcare providers to always help us or tell us if we are doing something right or wrong with our bodies, and is something we can do on our own, at home for “Just 5 Minutes” a day. However, the underlying premise is that restorative/corrective exercise gives you awareness of how to be in tune to biomechanical misalignments, how they play a role in how you feel and your function, and the tools to use to integrate corrective exercise and natural movement principles into your everyday life.

How does restorative/correct exercise apply to those who are hypermobile?

Muscles = Breaks for our joints. Our muscles do the work that our connective tissues cannot. What that means is that our muscles stop us from hanging on our joints when we move throughout daily life, during exercise or physical therapy. “Hanging” on a joint is what happens when we go past the usual range of motion (because our joints can hyperextend due to “loose” ligaments, tendons and connective tissue) and we’ve gone past the point where our muscles are engaged to keep our joints stable. Hence, we are hanging on our joints and the only thing preventing subluxation or dislocation, are the ligaments and tendons. And we know how well that goes….

Hanging on our joints causes damage and micro tears to our connective tissue, which is linked to pain and inflammation. It also prevents us from moving as much or using a particular joint because we often become afraid to move — ultimately causing us to lose function, unless we “correct” it.

Here’s an example of questions about therapeutic exercise and activity in general that people with hypermobility often ask Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement. Remember, Katy is a biomechanist and focuses on correcting misalignments to help restore the body’s function through the optimal form. Misalignments, even if joints are hypermobile, can be realigned through increased proprioception and by gaining muscular strength to help stabilize the joints. Utilizing various physical therapy techniques and incorporating restorative/corrective exercise principles and movements into your daily life, help to keep “loose joints” aligned and functioning well.

Reader“I have diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome five months ago and am desperate to exercise. My gym is encouraging me to run/cross train/use weight machines, but I’m so confused as to if it’s good or bad or my joints and muscles. I have the most hyperlaxity in my ankles and elbows and just don’t know what to do for the best. Help!”

Katy Bowman“Your gym’s recommendations would not be correct for your syndrome. You should find a mindful strengthening practice with a very educated leader for whom alignment and form is an utmost priority! First work on strengthening your muscles to stabilize your joints while standing and then add-on walking and larger movements!”

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Resources and Information for our class today:

Learn more about how you can join our “Just 5 Minutes” Initiative, or donate this great cause! Donations help support different components of this program, such as materials to hold our classes and video editing. However, the primary purpose and mission of the “Just 5 Minutes” initiative is to provide at home workout/Physical Therapy/exercise equipment to those around the world living with hypermobility syndromes, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and are in need of ways to help themselves. We also will work with physical therapists and other EDS specialists to provide equipment to help patients continue a physical therapy or a prescription movement/exercise program at home.

To read more or to donate, please visit Just 5 Minutes Mission and Fundraiser. Once we have raised enough funds to place our first order of at home exercise and physical therapy equipment such as yoga mats, resistance bands, foam rollers, etc., we will launch the “Just 5 Minutes” initiative on our website. The “Just 5 Minutes” website will include our videos, an online store, and other resources related its mission. 

***Disclaimer – The above quotes are the opinion of Katy Bowman only and are only shared to provide an example. The views mentioned above are not those of EDS Wellness, its founder, Board of Directors, or affiliates. There is not one “rule” for individuals who live with hypermobility syndromes. Many experts have developed their guidelines based on their professional opinions and experience, but they also often disagree. People who live with hypermobility syndromes are all different and have varying levels of mobility. Many individuals with joint hypermobility are very active and incorporate running and strength training into their routines with great success — some are professional athletes. Others start from scratch and have to “rebuild” their body after being bedridden for years. What one person can handle safely, someone else cannot. It’s recommended that you seek guidance and support from your healthcare provider before trying any type of new activity. You are responsible for your healthcare and well-being.***