The clinical complexities of hypermobility with physiotherapist Sharon Hennessey

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Today’s episode is focused on hypermobility. Our guest is a physiotherapist living and working with hypermobility. Sharon Hennessey is the principal physiotherapist and founder of Not Just Bendy Hypermobility services, a clinic dedicated to providing evidence based and focused therapy for patients with connective tissue disorders. Sharon and her team are based in Tarragindi Brisbane and operate out of the Physiotec building. Sharon has a passion for working with patients with hypermobile spectrum disorder and hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and approaches these often complicated cases with the goal of creating individual programs to improve function and quality of life.

Sharon discusses;

Diagnostic criteria and classification of hypermobility

The Beighton score

The link between hypermobility and persistent pain

Common clinical presentations

Sharon’s theory on why pain is a commonly associated with hypermobility

Assessment tools

How to create focus in complex cases

Functional goal setting to guide rehab

Duration and reviews of rehab programs

Utilisation of the Physitrak app

The role of visceral therapy in the management of co-morbidities such as gastroparesis and endometriosis

Referral to osteopaths

The theory behind dysautonomia and manifestations such as postural orthostatic tachycardia and hypotension, anxiety, gastroparesis

Educational resources for clinicians

Strategies for empowering our hypermobile patients

Safety considerations with craniocervical instability


For more information on Sharon Hennessey and her clinic Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services please see their website.

Click on the link tab for a comprehensive list of resources.

The Ehlers-Danlos Society

The Hypermobility Happy Hour podcast

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