Better Sleep for Ehlers Danlos Sufferers

If you are a human being, this article is for you. You don’t have to have any special condition to benefit from better sleep hygiene. All you need to be is a busy person hustling through a technology filled life. If that describes you, keep reading. However, if you are one of my many Chesapeake … Read more

Abdominal Strengthening for Diastasis Recti

Rectus Abdominus Muscles, which can deviate laterally with diastasis recti

Before we start, here is an important disclaimer: if you are currently being treated for pelvic floor dysfunction, I would encourage you to adhere to your clinician’s guidance, and to run these suggestions by them first. Exercises for abdominal strengthening with diastasis recti often involve an increase in intra-abdominal pressure. Even though the approach to … Read more

Isometric Exercise for POTS

Isometric exercise like planks are great for POTS sufferers.

In my other articles about EDS and POTS, I’ve discussed how maintaining tension on muscles through slow and controlled strength training carries unique benefits and avoids many of the dangers of exercise. The many clients with POTS at our strength training studio in Chesapeake, VA benefit from this approach to improve their symptoms. But in … Read more

Strength Training Before Surgery

As our personal training clients know, strength training is an essential part of our road back from an injury or surgery. During our rehab, and for general health, strength training is how we build the muscle mass and connective tissues lost to disuse. But did you know that you can actually improve the outcomes of … Read more

Strength Training to Manage POTS

Strength Training can help manage POTS

This is the second article in a series on strength training and POTS. It is not medical advice and is presented for informational purposes only. Consult with your medical provider before adopting any exercise program. In my first article on Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, I discussed in very general terms the nature of the condition, … Read more

Strength Training Around An Injury

Strength Training Around An Injury

Every month, I am asked about this in some form or other. There are many reasons we may be in pain, and understanding your specific condition must inform your best course of action. But in general, let’s consider the three main ways to approach strength training around an injury or source of chronic pain. They … Read more