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Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD

Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD

By Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD
What does hypermobility do to your health? How can you help yourself feel better while improving your performance? Also referred to as being bendy or double-jointed, hypermobility can impact the entire body from pain and injury to organ health, mental health, and sleep. 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 he
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35. Reeducating Mast Cells with Anne Maitland, MD, PhD

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39. Rethinking Rhythmic Gymnastics with Vita Bachman
Artistic athletes often push their flexibility to the limit, both for competitive and aesthetic reasons.   Nowhere are limits tested more than in rhythmic gymnastics where hypermobility tends to be the norm. Vita Bachman, former international Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast and now a highly respected coach, speaks openly with Bendy Bodies about her experience in the world of rhythmic gymnastics, both as an athlete and as a coach. Vita discusses how the sport has changed since she competed, and what factors influence how she coaches today.  She discusses the pitfall in “chasing the points” of competitive rhythmic gymnastics, and why she continually seeks out the best methods for training her students even when these methods differ from what she was taught as a competitor. Living with her own career-related health costs, Vita strives to be a coach that trains competitive but healthy athletes, both physically and mentally. She shares the hopes she has for the future of rhythmic gymnastics, as well as the hurdles she finds in trying to change certain aspects. She discusses her concerns with social media, confides what she’d like parents to know when shepherding their children through extreme stretching, and shares her own approach to training flexibility in a long-term, healthier way A rare, inside look at one of the most demanding sports for bendy bodies out there! #rhythmicgymnastics #rhythmicgymnasts #vitabachman #beyondlimitsrg #hypermobility #overstretching #bodiesinmotion #hypermobilitymd #jennifermilner #oversplits #safestretching #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #hypermobile Her website is
December 2, 2021
38. Refusing Limits with Allysa Seely
Chronic illness can make your life feel filled with insurmountable obstacles. Pursuing your dreams, even in the face of health issues, may feel hopeless. But moving forward, even in small increments, you can accomplish great things. Just ask gold medalist Allysa Seely. Allysa grew up as a dancer and competitive athlete before health issues tried to sideline her. She spent three years advocating for herself as a teen and young adult, fighting to be listened to, before finally being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Chiari Malformation, Basilar Invagination, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and more. Allysa refused to let her diagnoses define her, and has become a two-time gold-medal winning paratriathlete at the 2016 and 2020 Paralympics. She shares how she’s been able to compete at such a high level with multiple chronic illnesses, and opens up about her hard journey in college to get a diagnosis. Allysa confides that she used all her “you can’t”s as fuel to move her forward in pursuit of her dream. She discusses her difficult decision about her amputation, and shares her tips for getting through hard days. Allysa’s story, and how she turned challenge into triumph in her life, is inspiring and encouraging for everyone living with chronic illness. As Allysa shows, there really are no limits. An inspiring and encouraging interview for anyone struggling with limitations or hardship. #TriAllysa #paraolympics #USAparatriathalon #triathalon #paratriathlete #amputation #EhlersDanlossyndromes #EhlersDanlos #ChiariMalformation #Chiari #POTS  #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #hypermobilitymd #JenniferMilner
November 18, 2021
37. Advocating for Yourself with Aidan Leslie
Navigating medical care can be a daunting task at the best of times, but when you have a chronic disorder that is largely an invisible illness, you may find yourself bewildered and frustrated trying to get the care you need. Often, a diagnosis like Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or hypermobility spectrum disorder can come with co-morbidities such as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome), MALS (Median Arcuate Ligament syndrome), MCAS (Mast Cell Activation syndrome), and more. And with multiple diagnoses comes multiple doctors’ visits. Bendy Bodies chats with our own wellness ambassador, Aidan Leslie, a retired dancer who has been living with an hEDS diagnosis for the past five years and spending her fair share of time in doctors’ offices. Aidan opens up about the bumpy road of her own health journey. She talks about hitting the “EDS wall” and fighting to take control of her life back. Aidan speaks frankly about her experience navigating the medical world, both as a minor and as someone with an invisible illness.  Aidan offers tips on how to prepare for medical appointments and suggestions for “how to push back against the push-back”. And just as Aidan is willing to share her side of the medical experience, Bendy Bodies founder Dr. Linda Bluestein joins in to give advice from her side of the stethoscope. Dr. Bluestein describes a medical one-sheet and how to build one for your medical care, and shares what she wants teen patients specifically to know about advocating for your own health. Dr. Bluestein discusses options you might have if you feel unseen or unheard in an appointment, and suggests ways to connect with a doctor during an appointment. Filled with excellent insight from both sides of the prescription pad, this episode is one you’ll want to listen to with a notepad handy. #spoonie #chronicillness #ehlersdanlossyndrome #ehlersdanlos #hypermobility #chronicpain #pots #heds #ehlersdanlossyndromes #mcas #invisibleillness #hypermobilitysyndrome  #hypermobilityspectrumdisorders  #zebrastrong  #bendybodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #JenniferMilner #balletwhisperer #hypermobilitymd
November 4, 2021
36. Needling for Pain with Mandy Blackmon, DPT
What exactly is dry needling? How is it different from acupuncture? What sort of issues might it be used for? Dry needling can be a vital part of an artistic athlete’s healthcare, but sometimes can be misunderstood. Mandy Blackmon, DPT, head physical therapist for Atlanta Ballet's company dancers also serves as an instructor in the Dry Needling Series for Myopain Seminars since 2014. Mandy explains why she considers dry needling to be a highly effective tool for treating the hypermobile population, and how people with hypermobility can react differently to dry needling. She offers advice on where to start when faced with people with multi-systemic issues, and reveals why dry needling is like rebooting a computer! Mandy tells us how to find a dry-needling practitioner, and what information to share with that professional, as well as outlining situations where dry needling might not be appropriate. Whether you’re new to dry needling or use it as a regular part of your health maintenance toolbox, there’s a lot to learn from this excellent discussion. To learn more about Dr. Blackmon and Myopain Seminars: • • • • #dryneedling #dancemedicine #hypermobility #hypermobile #dancephysicaltherapy #chronicpain #ehlersdanlossyndrome #fibromyalgia #ehlersdanlos  #heds #hypermobility #zebrastrong #BendyBodies #zebra #chronicpainwarrior #JenniferMilner #balletwhisperer  #hypermobilityMD #BendyBodiesPodcast
October 14, 2021
35. Reeducating Mast Cells with Anne Maitland, MD, PhD
Mast cells: interesting and mysterious. You can’t be born without them, but they don’t show up in blood tests. They’re found throughout the body and can affect multiple systems in vastly different ways. What makes them misbehave? We spoke with renowned Allergy and Immunology physician, Anne Maitland, MD, about the role of mast cells in the body, what happens when they go “off script”, and what we can do about it. Dr. Maitland explains that mast cells are necessary for recognizing and healing tissue injury, and make a decision on how to react. But what if your mast cells perceive the situation incorrectly? What if they perceive a five-alarm fire when it’s just an overcooked, smoky dinner? The mast cells react disproportionately to the perceived threat, and the over-reaction manifests itself throughout the body. She discusses how misbehaving mast cells manifest differently in different systems; she talks through examples of mast cell disorders; and she lists three questions to ask yourself as you try to figure out: are your mast cells misbehaving? Dr. Maitland describes the challenges people with mast cell disorders face in getting properly diagnosed and treated, and outlines her approach to treating mast cell disorders.  And finally, Dr. Maitland likens the hypermobile patient to a Maserati, and explains why proper maintenance is important sooner rather than later. A deep dive into all things mast cell-related, this episode is full of wisdom you won’t want to miss! Visit these links for more information about the books mentioned by Dr. Maitland. #Mastcellactivationsyndrome #Mastcellactivationdisorder #Mastcelldisease #MastCell #Hypermobilityspectrumdisorder #Hypermobilityspectrumdisorders #Ehlersdanlossyndromes #Doublejointed #heds  #ehlersdanlosawareness #BendyBodies  #hypermobilityMD #BendyBodiesPodcast #JenniferMilner For more information about Dr. Maitland, visit or For more information about Dr. Linda Bluestein, visit For more information about Jennifer Milner, visit
September 30, 2021
34. Highlighting GI Disorders with Leonard Weinstock, M.D.
Are you suffering from gastrointestinal distress? People with hypermobility disorders have a higher prevalence of GI problems than the general population. Dr. Leonard Weinstock, board-certified gastroenterologist with expertise in Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and related disorders, sits down with Bendy Bodies to discuss this very topic. Dr. Weinstock discusses the “unhappy triad" of EDS, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) and how MCAS may actually be at the heart of EDS. He lists ways to be evaluated for GI disorders and speculates that 10-17% of the general population may have undiagnosed MCAS. He stresses the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment and thinking outside the box. We look at gastroparesis and small bowel intestinal overgrowth (SIBO) and their links to hEDS and hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD), and Dr. Weinstock outlines the prevalence of median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) in people with MCAS or POTS. He elaborates on his prescribing practices with low-dose naltrexone (LDN) to help increase endorphin production and reduce inflammation, and lists vitamins and diet changes that can be effective in people with MCAS. As one of the authors of "Covid-19 hyperinflammation and post-Covid-19 illness may be rooted in mast cell activation syndrome", Dr. Weinstock discusses the possible link between long-COVID 19 illness and MCAS. And finally, he shares suggestions on what to do if you’re having difficulty finding a GI specialist who understands complicated disorders like EDS and MCAS. For anyone dealing with GI issues, as well as physicians looking to understand the connection between hypermobility and GI disorders, this is a timely and important podcast. #Podcast #LeonardWeinstockMD #GIdisorders #EDS #zebrastrong #MCAS #MALS #POTS #SIBO #hEDS #autoimmunedisorders #BendyBodies #BendyBodiespodcast #hypermobilitymd #lindabluesteinmd #jennifermilner #bodiesinmotion #balletwhisperer #hypermobility #mastcelldisease #mastcelldisorder #EhlersDanlos #EDSAwarenessMonth
May 27, 2021
33. Conquering the Wall: A Round Table Discussion
Do you live with a hypermobility disorder? Whether you have a connective tissue disorder like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome, or a hypermobility spectrum disorder, you are not alone.  These conditions affect millions of people worldwide and disproportionately impact performing artists such as dancers, gymnasts, circus artists, and more.  What do these have in common?   Bodies that rely on aesthetics as well as maintaining peak performance. So how do you continue forward as your condition poses challenges to what you want to do? And when your health derails your career plans, how do you recover from that? We sat down with several athletic artists living with EDS, to hear their stories. We chatted with Marimba Gold-Watts, a former dancer and now Pilates trainer and teacher at Alvin Ailey; Mariana J. Plick, a circus artist; Kyle Thompson, a former elite baseball player and competitive cheerleader; and Cailey Brandon, a former dancer and now Pilates trainer. Our panelists discuss the early days, when things were “easy”, and the point at which it became difficult. They share how their hypermobility disorders may have gone undiagnosed for a long time, lending itself to seemingly random and frustrating multiple injuries. Many identified with “hitting the EDS wall”, and the sharp turn their health seemed to take at that point. We hear emotional stories, and lots of wisdom for other people also struggling with hypermobility disorders. The panelists also shared their hope, reflecting on ways that their disorders have made them even stronger right now, and revealed what advice they would offer to their younger selves if they had the chance. Filled with “Oh my goodness, me too!” moments, as well as words of gut-level truth, this is an episode filled with bravery. You won’t want to miss it. #hypermobility #heds #zebrastrong #hypermobilitydisorders #ehlersdanlossyndrome #hypermobileathletes #hypermobileartists #hypermobiledancers #hypermobilitymd #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #bodiesinmotion #jennifermilner
May 13, 2021
32. Embracing Neurodivergency with Jessica Eccles, MD
Neurodivergency occurs at a much higher rate amongst people with hypermobility disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders. What’s the connection? Jessica Eccles, MD, senior clinical academic psychiatrist at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and specialist in brain-body neuroscience, recently spoke with Bendy Bodies about these neurological conditions that include dyslexia, autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia. Dr. Eccles led the first neuroimaging study of hypermobility and her work has focused on neuropsychiatric manifestations of connective tissue disorders. Dr. Eccles stresses that neurodivergency isn’t a disability or disorder, but a different way of neurological processing. She explains surprising findings of her research including possible explanations for the link between hypermobility and anxiety. Dr. Eccles reveals that people with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes) are seven times more likely to be autistic, and six times more likely to have ADHD, compared to the general population. She stresses the importance of recognizing the link between hypermobility and neurodivergency and dives into proprioceptive issues and dyspraxia. Dr. Eccles offers suggestions for seeking help if you suspect you are neurodivergent. She also provides advice for teachers and parents to be more effective in their roles with neurdivergent artists. As Dr. Eccles states, “Neurodivergency shouldn’t be thought of as something to hold you back, but something to embrace.” If you or someone you know may be neurodivergent, this is an episode not to be missed. Find Dr. Eccles: @BendyBrain Suggested reading: "The Relationship between Autism and Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders" #autismacceptence #autismawareness #neurodivergent #autisticadults #neurodiversity #autistic #autimstruth #redinstead #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #lindabluesteinmd #jennifermilner #zebrastrong #hypermobility #hypermobilitydisorders
April 22, 2021
31. Allowing Imperfection with Bonnie Robson, MD
A very high percentage of dancers and athletic artists struggle with perfectionism: it’s what makes us so good at what we do, while at the same time can be unhealthy for us as individuals. Bonnie Robson, world-renowned psychiatrist and dance medicine specialist, is back to talk to us about perfectionism in the arts world. She defines perfectionism, and explores the duality of perfectionism and anxiety. Bonnie discusses the difference between positive and negative perfectionism, and warns of the danger of the “I should” syndrome. Bonnie shares techniques to get rid of negative thoughts and looks at performance STRIVINGS versus performance CONCERNS. She discusses the variables that differentiate between adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism, and how unhealthy competition actually decreases creativity. We look at how the pursuit of perfection can increase stress, which contributes to social anxiety, eating disorder, and suicidal thoughts. Bonnie offers tips for training and setting reasonable goals, and shares tools for parents to recognize stress and anxiety in their young artists. As Bonnie reminds everyone who strives for perfection, “It’s ok to say that’s good enough”. This episode is a must-listen for parents, artists, studio owners, and dance medicine professionals working with artists on a regular basis. Link to "Brain structure and joint hypermobility: relevance to the expression of psychiatric symptoms" article mentioned in the episode: #anxiety #mentalhealth #selflove #bodypositivity #mentalhealthawareness #disorderedeating #perfectionism #depression #perfectionist #ehlersdanlossyndromes #selfcare #mcas #healthcoach #movementismedicine #healthyliving #pots #inspiration #motivation #perfection #berealnotperfect #certifiedhealthcoach #IADMS #danceanxiety #mentalhealthfordancers #BendyBodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #jennifermilner #bodiesinmotion #balletwhisperer #hypermobilitymd
April 8, 2021
30. Focusing on Fascia with Jill Miller
Jill Miller’s life was upended with shocking news of end-stage osteoarthritis in her early forties. This led to her exploration of healthy ways of releasing and restoring her hypermobile body. Her study of the body led her to fascia and its importance in healthy motion. As she began applying fascial  work to her own body practice, she realized she wanted to share her own journey and what she’d learned in the process. So what exactly is fascia? Fascia is the structural web in the body that connects all the parts together: organs, muscles, tendons, and nerves are all surrounded by it. Fascia is richly innervated by sensory nerves, and plays an important role in proprioception and interoception. In this episode, Jill discusses why stretching feels so good, and suggests healthier ways to achieve that feeling. She touches on why tears in connective tissue, especially tendons and ligaments, are particularly challenging to repair, and thus why it’s important for bendy bodies to understand fascia. Jill believes that understanding fascia gives us insight into more effective and efficient ways to alter perceived tightness and transform your embodied sense of the musculoskeletal system, and wants to help people define longevity strategies for healthy movement patterns. Finally, Jill speaks about her book “The Roll Model” and how she developed her own fascial mobilization system - and wants to share it with everyone! Whether you’re new to the fascial world  or wanting a deeper look, there’s something for everyone in this episode. For the Anatomy Trains program,visit:
March 25, 2021
29. Capturing Limitless Authenticity with Rachel Neville
Photography encapsulates a moment in time like no other art form, and every artist walks into the studio wanting to capture their best selves. Some walk away ecstatic, while others leave unsatisfied or even injured. Dancers and photographers alike may feel pressure for photos that continue to push the body - and safety - to its limits, to capture the next “WOW!” shot. How do you get pictures that reflect your fullest, most amazing self, without pushing your body too far? How do you find a photographer who understands dancers and will make you feel safe? Bendy Bodies asked renowned dance photographer Rachel Neville these very questions. Rachel’s passion for dancers is evident as she discusses the ways she helps dancers get the perfect arabesque or action shot. But she also understands the tension a  photographer wrestles with, of wanting to push boundaries in art while at the same time protecting the dancer and creating a safe space. What is the photographer’s responsibility in making sure a dancer stays physically and emotionally safe? Rachel offers practical tips on developing a session organically, finding your “best self” and working into it. She reveals why she treats a shoot like a ballet class, shares the reason photography shoots take patience and practice from both the photographer and the dancer, and explains why the foundational elements of how the shoot is built are just as important as using the right muscles in a movement. Rachel discusses how she makes dancers feel confident and safe in a shoot, and find their emotional expression through their movements. She emphasizes the importance of letting dancers know that the photographer “has your back”, and opens up about what she wishes all dancers could know before a photo shoot, offering questions to ask photographers beforehand. And for all artists, Rachel asks the question: How do we find our authentic self, and truly show what we have to offer? If you’re a photographer, artist, or simply a fan, you’ll love the wisdom in this episode. Link is in bio, or listen on your favorite streaming platform! #rachelneville #rachelnevillestudios #dancephotography #dance #bendybodies #bendybodiespodcast #hypermobility #hypermobilitymd #lindabluesteinmd #jennifermilner #bodiesinmotion
March 11, 2021
28. Caring for the Adolescent Artist
What support does a hypermobile young artist need? Hint: a lot. Hypermobile dancers, gymnasts, skaters, circus artists: the same hypermobility that gives them extraordinary lines and range of motion, also makes them vulnerable to injury, mental health issues, and more. They have unique needs and susceptibilities - so how do we help them? For this episode, several members of Team Bendy Bodies sit down to discuss a whole-body (and mind) approach to caring for adolescent artists. Specialist Linda Bluestein MD, trainer and ballet coach Jennifer Milner, nutritionist Kristin Koskinen, and EDS Wellness ambassador Aidan Leslie speak frankly about the requirements in working with adolescent bendy bodies, from their “superpowers” to their “kryptonite”. We discuss how parents can find help for their adolescent artist, and when to start putting together a “pit crew” to have on hand. Aidan shares her own story and offers suggestions on how to advocate for yourself as a teen artist looking to stay healthy in classes that don’t allow for modifications for hypermobility dancers. Kristin describes signs of disordered eating, and how to get help with fueling. Dr. Bluestein looks at symptoms of hypermobility that go beyond “flexibility” and discusses how “hypermobile” doesn’t always equal “flexible”. Jennifer shares her experiences training hypermobile dancers and mentoring them down that narrow path of working hard to be strong while knowing when to pull back to avoid injury. And finally, we discuss the importance of mental health in the adolescent artist and why it’s always better to address something when it’s “little” than wait until it’s “big”. As Kristin points out, “Emotional owies have a harder time healing.” Are you a pre-professional artist? This episode can give you guidance on how and when to ask for help as well as how to advocate for yourself. If you’re a parent, teacher, coach, or mentor, this is a must-listen as we discuss how it really takes a village to raise a hypermobile artist. #traininghypermobiledancers #hypermobileathletes #mentalhealthfordancers #disorderedeating #mentalhealthfordancers #hypermobility #dancerlife #hypermobiledancer #hypermobileballet #hyperextensiondance #BendyBodies #BendyBodiespodcast #TeamBendyBodies #HypermobilityMD #LindaBluesteinMD #JenniferMilner #BodiesInMotion #balletwhisperer #KristinKoskinenRDN #eatwellpros #atypicalAidan
February 25, 2021
27. Supporting the Pelvic Floor with Jeanice Mitchell, PT
What the heck is a pelvic floor and why should you care? The pelvic floor is a collection of muscle and connective tissue forming a hammock at the bottom of your pelvis. Hypermobile people should be especially aware of their pelvic floor, as connective tissue disorders can cause ligaments and tendons to stretch and weaken, creating problems in this crucial area of the body. Jeanice Mitchell, a pelvic floor physical therapist and worldwide educator on the topic, joins Bendy Bodies to share her wisdom on common pelvic floor issues with hypermobility. She takes us through ways to recognize pelvic floor issues and warning signs of pelvic floor dysfunction. She also touches on pelvic organ prolapse and why this is relevant in hypermobile folks. Jeanice discusses when someone might seek out a pelvic floor PT, how hormones can affect pelvic floor tissue, and how pelvic floor health is important for all ages, and for men as well as women. We touch on common dysfunctions in the hypermobile population such as constipation, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction, as well as dysfunction of the pupic symphysis and sacroiliac joints. This episode is packed with tips for improving your own pelvic floor health, and Jeanice’s passion and enthusiasm for pelvic floor health shines throughout the interview. As she said, Jeanice is “happy to connect people with hope and help.” For more information about Jeanice follow her on Instagram: For multi-lingual information: Healthcare professionals, follow her here: Check out Jeanice's website: #mypfm #pelvicfloorPT #pelvicfloorsolutions #mypelvicfloormuscles #JeaniceMitchell #JenniferMilner #balletwhisperer #BodiesinMotion #HypermobilityMD #LindaBluesteinMD #HypermobilityDance #HypermobilityBallet #HypermobileDancers #Hypermobility #BendyBodies #BendyBodiesPodcast #HypermobilitySpectrumDisorders #HSD #EhlersDanlosSyndromes #EDS #zebrastrong
February 11, 2021
26. Balancing Seasonal Fueling Patterns with Kristin Koskinen, RDN
Do you love a fresh start? Have you ever made a new year's resolution and then dreaded it?  It’s common for people to look at eating habits, make bold, sweeping commitments, and vow to be perfect this month/year/lifetime. But that’s not realistic, or healthy - physically or emotionally. And since people with hypermobility disorders are statistically more likely to display obsessive behaviors like disordered eating, it's something we need to talk about.  Kristin Koskinen, RDN is back with Bendy Bodies to talk about this potential minefield of a season.  She reminds us that self-improvement is different from self-abuse, and that “being good” does NOT equal “restrictive”. Kristin points out that fear can be a significant driver and that each person’s fear, guilt, or insecurity must be acknowledged. She encourages people to look at the “why” behind wanting to make behavior changes and promotes moving forward with small baby steps.  Kristin discusses how extrinsic devices aren’t necessarily helpful or accurate, how labels might box us in, and reminds us of the importance of not trying to “undo” what we’ve already done, but to simply try to move forward.  This episode is for anyone struggling physically or emotionally with food patterns, or even for the healthy dancer looking to be more mindful of her nourishment.
January 28, 2021
25. Addressing Pain in Hypermobility Disorders with Linda Bluestein, M.D.
Why are hypermobility disorders painful and what can be done about it? When discussing conditions associated with hypermobility, like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) or hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), pain is often mysteriously left out of the conversation despite the fact that persistent pain can be very much a part of many peoples’ lives. Addressing pain early in the process is vital for long-term health and well-being. Bendy Bodies founder, Dr. Bluestein, takes the guest seat in this episode as she peels back the onion-like layers of the development of chronic pain and options for managing it. She discusses factors that influence how much pain a person experiences, and names some frequently missed contributors to chronic pain. Dr. Bluestein dispels some common myths about chronic pain, and explains why our thoughts and actions are important in how we perceive pain. She cautions that there’s often no one single solution to pain and shares her multidisciplinary approach to a patient experiencing chronic pain, breaking down each step of her long-term care plan. A perfect companion to Episode 24, with Beth Darnall, "Thriving with Chronic Pain", this episode is great for anyone suffering from chronic pain.
January 14, 2021
24. Thriving with Chronic Pain with Beth Darnall, PhD
Living with hypermobility disorders often means learning to live with chronic pain, and as pain is a whole-person experience - physical, emotional, and mental - it stands to reason that pain can have a profound influence on every facet of our daily lives. Joining us for this episode is Beth Darnall, a Stanford pain scientist, international speaker, evidence-based psychologist, and author. Beth encourages us to think about pain more broadly, explaining why a multi-disciplinary assessment is so necessary for diagnosing and treating pain. Beth talks about how sleep is a top predictor of pain levels for the next day, and how treatment for sleep disorders can help with chronic pain. She goes in-depth on the topic of treating chronic pain using behavioral treatments so people are empowered to help themselves, and lists some of the best ways people can improve chronic pain. Beth gives suggestions on how to reduce pain-related distress, discusses the importance of dedicating time to practicing skills and strategies that help people live with chronic pain, and reminds us that it’s what we do in the day-to-day that makes the difference, more than what happens with sporadic office visits. Check out this must-listen episode for anyone struggling to cope with chronic pain!
December 30, 2020
23. Empowering Patients with Multisystemic Diseases with Jill Schofield, M.D.
Dr. Jill Schofield, founder and director of the Center for Multisystem Disease, is back to discuss multisystemic diseases and what she wishes everyone knew about them. She offers insight into how to get better care (and what to avoid), the pros and cons of having more or less lenient diagnostic criteria for diseases such as hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), and advice on what to do if you suspect you have MCAS. Dr. Schofield explores possible reasons for the increased incidence of autoimmune disease, and gives guidance on finding the help you need in today’s online world. If you missed Dr. Schofield's first interview with us, please be sure to listen to our previous episode, "Investigating Autoimmune Disorders with Dr. Jill Schofield", for more great insight! Visit for links to all episodes. Thank you so very much to Dr. Jill Schofield for being so generous with her time and expertise! Visit the link below to more information about Dr. Schofield (with fabulous photos from MCAS retreats including one with friend and Bendy Bodies Cohost, Dr. Linda Bluestein).
December 3, 2020
22. Managing Dysautonomia with Svetlana Blitshteyn, M.D.
In this second interview with Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, board-certified neurologist and director of the Dysautonomia Clinic, we go beyond identifying common disorders such as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), and take a look at how people with these conditions can improve their quality of life. Dr. Blitshteyn talks about effective exercises for people with POTS, easy steps to boost sodium and fluid intake, and how important it is to address sleep disorders in this population. She discusses why people might need to be tested for comorbidities such as EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes) or autoimmune disorders, the difficulty in treating fatigue in this population, and how people can find help with their dysautonomia. Dr. Blitshteyn also explains post-viral dysautonomia and why it’s important to understand in this time of COVID, and expresses her hopes for the future of dysautonomia treatment and research. Learn about Dr. Blitshteyn, Facebook: Twitter: Learn about Bendy Bodies: Website: Instagram: @bendy_bodies Facebook: Learn about Dr. Linda Bluestein: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: Learn about Jennifer Milner: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
November 19, 2020
21. Demystifying Dysautonomia with Svetlana Blitshteyn, M.D.
Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe disorders of the autonomic nervous system (which controls all the automatic functions of the body like blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, temperature regulation, etc.). Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, a board-certified neurologist and director of the Dysautonomia Clinic, joins us as we dig into these disorders and explore their defining features. POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), small-fiber neuropathy, and neurocardiogenic syncope are frequent comorbidities with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes), Marfan Syndrome, and other disorders of connective tissue. Dr. Blitshteyn discusses who is considered high-risk for POTS, explains neurocardiogenic syncope and small-fiber neuropathy, and talks about the difference between the three disorders. She explores common symptoms of POTS and outlines frequent comorbidities such as MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome), IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and EDS. Finally, Dr. Blitshteyn answers the question - Is there a link between dysautonomia and autoimmune issues? An in-depth exploration of dysautonomia and what that might entail for the hypermobile population, this episode is important for patients and healthcare professionals alike who are eager to learn about these complex disorders. Learn about Dr. Blitshteyn, Facebook: Twitter: Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
November 5, 2020
20. Building Better Bone Strength with Rebekah Rotstein
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects tens of millions of people each year. Dancers and other high-level athletes are often at higher risk due to low body weight, increased time indoors, and suboptimal nutritional support. Rebekah Rotstein is a former pre-professional dancer who received a shocking diagnosis of osteoporosis at age 28, and then spent the next several years looking for ways to optimize her bone strength through exercise and nutrition. Rebekah is a movement educator and certified Pilates instructor who has presented at conferences and symposia around the world on the topics of bone health, anatomy and movement, and is the founder of Buff Bones®, a research-supported system combining education and focused exercises aimed at the optimization of bone and joint health. Rebekah shares the knowledge she’s gained in her extensive research on osteoporosis and stresses that a diagnosis isn’t the end of the world but rather a test for advocating for oneself. She discusses why bone density is especially important for those with hypermobility disorders. She theorizes on why dancers should be informed about osteoporosis, and emphasizes the importance of finding a good nutritionist, trainer, and more. Finally, Rebekah shares how her diagnosis planted a desire to help people with osteoporosis, and to help future generations prevent it. Links:
October 22, 2020
19. Living fully with a Hypermobility Disorder with Linda Bluestein, M.D.
In this second interview with Bendy Bodies host Dr. Linda Bluestein, she explores the realities of living with a connective tissue disorder. As a renowned hypermobility expert, Dr. Bluestein discusses issues that can exist alongside Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) or Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), such as autoimmune issues, dysautonomia, and more. She shares her acronym for maintaining a high quality of life, discusses the small changes that can add up to meaningful improvement in quality of life, and reveals her hopes for the future of HSD/EDS research and treatment. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the Hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
October 8, 2020
18. Molding Healthy, Successful Artists with Mariaelena Ruiz
How do you prepare a hypermobile student for the rigors of the professional dance world, finding that balance of exploring their gifts while moving cautiously to avoid injury? This week we are joined by Mariaelena Ruiz, director of Cary Ballet Conservatory’s Professional Training Program and recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award at the Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals. She discusses her experiences training high-level dancers who wrestle with their hypermobility. Mariaelena brings her decades as a professional ballerina with a wonky body to her classroom and has a personal understanding of the struggles hypermobile dancers face. She asserts that her injuries also made her both a better dancer and a better teacher, and made her a firm believer in cross-training. She discusses why her teaching is focused on strength and not bendiness, and how she shapes a student’s training over the course of several years. We talk about why slower is better, and how she and her team approach the long-term training of a hypermobile dancer. She shares tips for teachers of hypermobile dancers, gives advice for frustrated bendy dancers, and reveals what she’d like to see support-wise from the dance medicine community. Full of thoughtfulness and packed with advice, Mariaelena’s interview is not one to miss! Learn about Mariaelena Ruiz and follow her on social media: Learn about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: and Instagram: @hypermobilitymd and @bendy_bodies Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: and Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
September 25, 2020
17. Training the Hypermobile Dancer with Jennifer Milner
For people working with artistic athletes such as dancers, circus artists, and gymnasts, training the hypermobile body brings its own set of challenges. Shepherding a “wonky body” through healthy training may feel overwhelming and frustrating and, at times, like you’re spinning your wheels. Dr. Linda Bluestein turns the tables to chat with Bendy Bodies' own Jennifer Milner about what it takes to train a hypermobile dancer or athlete. Jennifer brings her almost twenty years of cross-training dancers across the globe to the conversation, revealing what she’s learned from her dancers and her own dance career navigating injuries with a hypermobile body. She shares what she’s observed in the hypermobile population and how she approaches their training differently than the general population. Jennifer discusses her goals in working with hypermobile dancers and provides concrete suggestions on how to achieve them. She discloses what she wishes dance teachers and medical professionals knew about hypermobile dancers, and how dancers with hypermobility can add longevity to their careers. This interview is full of practical suggestions. It's a must listen for dance teachers, strength and conditioning coaches, healthcare professionals, and dancers themselves! Learn about Jennifer Milner: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: Learn about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: and Instagram: @hypermobilitymd and @bendybodiespodcast Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: and Pinterest: LinkedIn:
September 10, 2020
16. Empowering Flexibility with Dr. Jen Crane, DPT
Extreme flexibility has permeated social media and influenced every physical art form, from dance to ice skating and of course circus arts. As artistic athletes are asked to explore greater and more unstable end ranges of motion, performers are often left to figure out how to stay healthy for themselves. For those artists and athletes, the question isn’t IF they should work in an end range of motion, but HOW. Dr. Jen Crane, a physical therapist specializing in circus arts, chats with us on how to do just that. She talks about the difference between productive discomfort and non-productive discomfort, and how to self-assess between the two. She weighs in on the pros and cons of seeking a definitive diagnosis for EDS or other connective tissue disorders, and emphasises the need to be strong in your end range. Jen shares her views on passive versus active stretching, how she increases flexibility with strength drills, and sketches out the changes she’d like to see in circus arts training. Perfect for all people with hypermobility looking to learn more about strengthening, as well as anyone wanting to pursue increasing their flexibility in a healthy way, this episode is a wealth of information on stretching and strengthening safely. Learn about Jen Crane, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC Website: Instagram: @Cirque_Physio Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: and Instagram: @hypermobilitymd and @bendybodiespodcast Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: and Pinterest: LinkedIn: Learn about co-host Jennifer Milner: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
August 28, 2020
15. Shaping a Healthy Career with Beckanne Sisk
Hypermobility is often desired in dancers for the long, beautiful lines it affords. But hypermobility adds its own challenges to dancers seeking a long, healthy career on the stage. In this episode, we chat with principal dancer from Ballet West and international guest star Beckanne Sisk about how she manages her hypermobility. Beckanne opens up about learning to rein in her hypermobility, discovering when to hold back and when to lean into it, as well as how her pre-professional teachers helped her learn control. She talks about how she maintains her strength and flexibility, what her maintenance program looks like, and why she stresses the importance of mentally working correctly while approaching the work thoughtfully. Beckanne speaks frankly about her approach to stretching safely (hint: it’s not about stretching, it’s about strengthening!) and advice she’d like to share with younger hypermobile dancers (hint: stop stretching and start strengthening!) Beckanne explains why she’s grateful for her scoliosis and hypermobility, how they’ve challenged and shaped her as a dancer, and what she wants to share with the next generation of dancers. A must-listen for every dancer living with the blessings and challenges of hypermobility, this episode is one you won't want to miss!
August 11, 2020
14. Stabilizing the Hypermobile Body through Circus Arts with Emily Scherb, PT, DPT
Nowhere is flexibility and hypermobility more valued and explored than in the circus arts! But while circus artists are highly skilled and extremely strong, working in extreme end ranges of motion comes with its own set of issues and potential injuries. In this podcast, we chat with Dr. Emily Scherb, a DPT who specializes in circus and performing arts. Emily examines what’s similar (and different) between circus and performing arts, looks at what is “normal” for the circus population, and outlines when to push into your end range and when not to. We explore the differences in rehabilitating the hypermobile versus the non-hypermobile population, who Emily would like to see on an artist’s dream support team, and why she literally wrote the book on anatomy for aerial artists. Emily explains why she prioritizes education for instructors and performers alike, and how she wants to change the language of technique and instill self-knowledge for the next generation. Emily believes circus training can be beneficial for all populations, and encourages adults to start recreational classes! As she says, “It’s never too late to come play with the circus!” Learn more about Emily: Instagram: @thecircusdoc Check out these educational programs: Intro to circus healthcare discount code makes it just $5 Hanging Analysis of the Shoulder course Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook: Call 715-600-1722 to leave a voicemail with a question for Bendy Bodies. We just might answer it in a future episode.
July 30, 2020
13. Healing the Brain Holistically with Ilene Ruhoy M.D., Ph.D.
Many conditions found in "bendy" people have a neurologic basis, impacting both the brain and nervous system. In this Bendy Bodies episode, Dr. Ilene Ruhoy, the Medical Director and Founder of the Center for Healing Neurology, walks us through the integrative approach she takes to healing the brain and the body. Dr. Ruhoy discusses the “cross talk” between the gut and the brain and explains how the food we eat and the way we exercise affects our most vital organ, the brain. She covers migraines, myofascial pain, neck pain, “brain fog”, dysautonomia, and more. She shares her approach to the Pentad - EDS, dysautonomia, MCAS, autoimmune diseases, and GI problems - and why she thinks the "Octad" may be the more appropriate term. Dr. Ruhoy explores the connection between hypermobility and dysautonomia, explains how she approaches small fiber neuropathy, and elaborates on the value of packaged protocols as a place for people to start, while acknowledging that everyone has his own story and no two people are alike. Learn more about Dr. Ruhoy at Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
July 17, 2020
12. Investigating Autoimmune Disorders with Jill Schofield, M.D.
World renowned expert in autoimmune disorders and the Founder and Director of the Center for Multisystem Disease, Dr. Jill Schofield, generously chatted with us in a recent interview. Autoimmunity (dysregulation of the immune system) is genetically inherited and will often have multiple triggers. Dr. Schofield discusses the relationship between autoimmune diseases, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, and dysautonomia (abnormal function of the autonomic nervous system). She dives into the difference between autoimmune and non-autoimmune dysautonomia and small-fiber neuropathy. She explores diagnoses like antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), when you might seek a work up for APS, and issues a call for action for doctors and researchers in this fast-growing field. Learn more about Jill Schofield, M.D.: Website: Follow us on Instagram: @BendyBodiesPodcast Follow Host, Linda Bluestein, M.D.: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: Follow Co-host, Jennifer Milner: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
July 2, 2020
11. Understanding Hypermobility Disorders with Linda Bluestein, M.D.
In this episode, Jennifer Milner interviews Bendy Bodies’ own host, Dr. Linda Bluestein! Hypermobility disorders can be frustratingly hard to diagnose or even define. From symptomatic joint laxity to connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) or Marfan Syndrome, the umbrella of hypermobility disorders covers a number of conditions and up-to-date information can be hard to find. Bendy Bodies' host, Linda Bluestein, M.D., shares her expertise with Jennifer Milner in this episode, opening up on how she turned the challenge of her own hypermobility disorder into a blessing for others as she made working with hypermobility disorders into her life’s work. Dr. Bluestein breaks down the different types of hypermobility, discusses the difference between signs and symptoms, and outlines some hallmark signs of connective tissue disorders. Be sure to listen to this incredibly informative episode! Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
June 18, 2020
10. Cultivating Psychological Skills with Bonnie Robson, M.D.
Living with stress and anxiety has become the rule rather than the exception in today’s world. Everyone develops coping strategies of some kind, but without encouragement and guidance these strategies can be dysfunctional and even harmful. Dr. Bonnie Robson talks through the risks inherent in social and physical isolation and how to develop strategies that can support and encourage long-term mental and physical health. She explores how and why sleep is affected by stress offering ways to better regulate this crucial component of the circadian cycle. Dr. Robson walks through developing a safe place, the importance of paying attention to the present moment, and how and when you should take your emotional temperature. She outlines ways to build several tools for your emotional toolbox, and reminds us that in these times, good enough is a great goal to have. Links: Befrienders Worldwide - BBC Action Line UK - The Actor's Fund USA - The AFC Canada - IADMS's Response to COVID-19 - Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
May 28, 2020
9. Educating the Dance Community with Lisa Howell
Dancing with a hypermobile body brings its own set of challenges, from a general lack of stability to a slower recovery time. As a young pre-professional, a dancer might not understand why she must find conscious strength before subconscious strength; why daily activities must be examined through the same placement lens as a dance class; and why “boring” and “tedious” can equal “good for you”. As a parent, helping a hypermobile dancer through the pre-professional years can be bewildering and frustrating for people who don’t understand why their daughter must wait another six months to go on pointe, or why they sometimes need to be “the bad guy” and advocate for their dancer at the studio. Listen in as physiotherapist Lisa Howell explains what every dance teacher needs to know about hypermobile dancers. She discusses the complexity and subtleties of working with an injured hypermobile dancer, how to optimally develop readiness to go on pointe, and how abdominal pain can affect turns and extensions. Lisa looks at why the key to greater flexibility is building stability, why the ability to self-assess is one of the most important things we can give dancers as human beings, and how this generation of pre-professional dancers will change the dance industry for the better. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
May 15, 2020
8. Demystifying Genetics with Paldeep Atwal, M.D.
Demystifying Genetics with Paldeep Atwal, M.D. Your DNA holds many secrets.  Why do drugs work on some people and not on others?  Why are conditions expressed so differently in different family members?  How might hypermobility disorders, dysautonomia (like POTS) and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) be related and how does coronavirus fit into all of this?   Listen in as top geneticist, Dr. Paldeep Atwal, shared his expertise on the following: Hypermobility disorders - Why are Bendy people so different from each other yet can also share many common traits? Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes - Why is it taking so long to find “the hEDS gene” Epigenetics - How much of a difference do our day to day choices make? Genetic and pharmacogenetic testing - Why do the testing if you cannot change the outcome? Important note: The discussion about nutrition and intermittent fasting refers to the body of research with subjects from the general population. Therefore, this information is most applicable to those who are overweight or obese. You need quality nutrients for your body to perform properly! PLEASE do not make any changes to your diet (meaning foods you eat), without consulting with your own primary care physician or nutritionist. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
April 29, 2020
7. Understanding and Preparing for Coronavirus with Immunologist, Dwight McKee, M.D.
Ready for some cutting edge COVID-19 science? In this episode, learn new tips and gain insight into the coronavirus situation! SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus, has forever changed the world as we know it. Why is this virus unique? Why does the response to infection vary so dramatically? What can we do to minimize the risk of infection and decrease the impact if we get sick? Dwight McKee, M.D., Ph.D., board certified in immunology, medical oncology, hematology, nutrition, and integrative medicine, shares his unique perspective on the Bendy Bodies Podcast. Dr. McKee discusses with Dr. Bluestein useful foods and supplements, psychosocial strategies and special considerations for people with pre-existing conditions. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
April 17, 2020
6. Minding the Mental Health Gap with Kathleen McGuire Gaines
Traits that can make a dancer so valuable in the dance world - drive, perfectionism, obsessing over details - also put them at higher risk for mental health disorders. And while physical health resources become ever more commonplace in the dance world, mental health resources remain woefully lacking, oftentimes uncomfortably left in a hidden half-shadow. A few years ago, Kathleen McGuire Gaines wrote an article, “Why are we still so bad at addressing dancers’ mental health?” for Dance Magazine. The article went viral, becoming one of the most-read articles in the history of the publication, and the response ignited a passion in Kathleen to bring mental health issues to the forefront of conversations, while bringing resources to the doorstep of every dancer. In this Bendy Bodies episode, Kathleen shares her own journey through the mental health minefield of the dance world, and how it spurred her to bring help to the current generation of dancers by founding Minding the Gap, a social good start up for dancers’ mental health. Kathleen talks about how depression isn’t simply weakness, that shame is a terrible motivator, and how encouraging and informing correct coping strategies can make all the difference. She shares her desire to reduce eating disorders by addressing the underlying mental health issues, and reveals why it’s so important to have one specific phone number ready in your phone for sharing. Join us for this important conversation we all should be having. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
April 12, 2020
5. Optimizing Nutrition to Support a Dancer’s Health with Kristin Koskinen, RDN
While many dancers strive to fuel healthily, making the most out of your meals can be overwhelming. In today’s world especially, dancers need strong immune systems and healthy bodies ready for whatever challenge may come next. Registered dietician nutritionist Kristin Koskinen discusses nutritional needs for dancers and how to shape lifelong healthy eating habits. Kristin examines common mistakes dancers make in fueling choices, and how you can shape a flexible diet built to shift around external factors. She’ll explore creating flexible strategies like a Ballet Bento Box and discuss the base requirements of any foundationally strong diet. Additionally, Kristin lists immune-boosting nutrients and how to find them in foods; explores why stress causes nutritional deficiencies; and explains why removing common inflammatory foods from your diet might help your overall health. Join us for this important discussion! As Kristin pointe out, “What you do now defines how long and how strong you dance.” Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
April 4, 2020
4. Supporting a Dancer’s Mental Health with Psychotherapist, Terry Hyde
Dancers train constantly to attain peak performance, working long hours to achieve physical and artistic perfection. Unfortunately, mental health is often sacrificed for that perfection. Terry Hyde, former dancer with the Royal Ballet and psychotherapist with patients all over the world, joins Linda and Jennifer to explore this often-neglected aspect of dancer health, and discusses how hypermobility can bring unique mental health problems of its own. Terry discusses the high incidence of anxiety, depression, and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) in hypermobile dancers and explores how a dancer’s perfectionism can be both a blessing and a curse. He describes the intrinsic link between the mind and the body, and how anxiety can be reframed into excitement. Terry reveals why it’s important to practice talking to your body, and discusses how friends and loved ones can support a dancer needing emotional help - as well as what not to do. Learn more about Terry Hyde: Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
March 30, 2020
3. Preserving the Hip with Orthopedic Surgeon, Joel Wells, M.D.
Hypermobility can affect every joint, but perhaps the most complicated one to understand and train is the hip. With a high prevalence of hip injuries in hypermobile dancers and athletes, proper diagnosis and treatment is critical. From hip dysplasia to labral tears, dance science and medicine’s understanding of the hip continues to evolve even as we work to find the most effective ways to treat and strengthen it. Listen in as Dr. Wells discusses his role as a hip preservationist, why educating a dancer on pathology and proper kinematics is so essential, and how hips are like baseball mitts! Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
March 12, 2020
2. Ensuring Longevity: Screening, Strengthening and Supporting, with Physiotherapist Moira McCormack
In this continuation of our discussion with Moira McCormack, we delve deeper into Moira’s work as a researcher and tireless advocate for dance science and medicine in the studio setting. Moira talks through the basic screening tests used at the start of each season to help define a dancer’s strength and maintenance program for the year, explains what teachers of hypermobile dancers must understand, and reveals that “It’s never too late to build something else into your body. Nothing is insurmountable. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
March 5, 2020
1. Reducing Injury and Increasing Education with Royal Ballet Physiotherapist, Moira McCormack
Moira’s tireless work with Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet school have helped build the Royal Ballet into an oft-emulated model of treatment and intervention for ballet dancers. Join us as Moira describes how important a dancer’s early training is - movement patterns, alignment, biomechanics - to increase their career longevity. Moira lists concrete, basic rules for training a hypermobile body, emphasizing the importance of strength work, patience in training, and the necessity of recovery time. It is not overstating it to say that Moira’s research, work, and advocacy have made it possible for hypermobile dancers to have a longer, healthier career. Learn more about Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD at our website and be sure to follow us on social media: Website: Instagram: @hypermobilitymd Twitter: @hypermobilityMD Facebook: Pinterest: LinkedIn: And follow co-host Jennifer at the links below: Website: Instagram: @jennifer.milner Facebook:
February 26, 2020