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A Guide to Living with Hypermobility Syndrome Bending without Breaking BY Isobel Knight
Foreword by Dr. Alan J. Hakim
July 2011 240pp ISBN: 9781848190689 pb £12.99
‘The Hypermobility Syndrome Association (HMSA) welcomes this book which is written from the experiences and reflections of the author who has Hypermobility Syndrome (also known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome- Hypermobility type)... It offers an in depth account of the many difficulties that our members face each day; including the the lack of medical recognition and understanding of what is now being seen by researchers and experts as a
very complex condition. ’
Donna Wicks, HMSA Senior Medical Liaison Officer, UK
‘What Isobel Knight brings to the literature [on Hypermobility Syndrome] is something appealing and unique... This is a book for anyone who wants to understand the personal impact of Hypermobility Syndrome, as much as its clinical presentation and management without all the medical jargon.’
- from the foreword by Dr Alan J Hakim, Consultant Rheumatologist and Acute Physician, Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust, London UK
People with Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS), including Ehlers-Danlos type Hypermobility Syndrome, have a larger range of joint movement than is typical, which can cause pain and fatigue despite an outward appearance of good health. This book is the complete guide to living with and managing HMS, and ultimately enjoying a fulfilling life. The book covers everything from recognising symptoms and obtaining initial diagnosis to living with the condition on a
daily basis and managing its negative effects. The author, who has HMS herself, looks at how the condition affects children and adolescents, before moving on to explore pain management (including the use of physiotherapy, pilates and a selected range of complementary health therapies), pregnancy, physical and psychological aspects of the condition, and how it widely affects dancers and other performance artists. Wider conditions that encompass Hypermobility Syndrome are also touched upon, including Fibromyalgia and IBS.
This book will be a must for anybody who suffers, or suspects they might be suffering from, Hypermobility Syndrome. It will also be of interest to their families and friends, and professionals working with the condition.
Isobel Knight completed her MSc in Dance Science at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2009, and now works as a Manager in
the clinic there, also giving lectures on Hypermobility Syndrome from time to time. She has Hypermobility Syndrome, and is a and writer, researcher and
practising Bowen Therapist. She lives in South London.
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