Classes & Events

Feldenkrais for Chronic Pain


Are you interested in participating in research to see whether Feldenkrais training is helpful for people with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder/ Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (HSD/EDS)?

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (FATM) is a form of movement retraining aimed at improving efficiency and reducing muscle guarding and pain during movement. It uses guided visualization techniques during small movements to help the individual explore using stabilizing muscles in a safe range of motion. It is a type of mindful movement that has been used for managing chronic pain.

To participate, you must be over 18 years old,
• Have been diagnosed with HSD/EDS
• Be willing to participate in twelve 75-90 minute weekly FATM sessions. There will be two extra sessions for people who miss 1-2 sessions. There is no fee for the FATM sessions if you are participating in the research.
• Have no medical reason that prevents you from doing slow and gentle movements, and be able to lie down on the floor, and stand for at least 10 minutes.
• Be willing to come in for 30-60 minutes once before and once after the FATM sessions to fill out some questionnaires that ask about your health, function and pain. This information will be confidential.
• Not be planning any major changes to your health care (e.g., surgery or medication changes) and not have had any major changes to your health care in the past 3 months (e.g., recent injury, surgery, significant change in medications, etc.)
The Feldenkrais classes are being offered through Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness. The research has been approved by the Human Subjects Research committee at Clarkson University, and is being supported by an Ehlers-Danlos Society microgrant. Classes will be taught by a certified Feldenkrais instructor.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Heather Purdin, PT at 503-292-5882.

 

 

Yoga for People with Hypermobility


May is EDS awareness month! In honor of that, Chie Tadaki, PT, DPT, a physical therapist and certified yoga instructor with Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness will be holding a 3-week workshop for safe yoga for people with hypermobility.

This is a demonstration of uncontrolled hypermobility.

This is an example of controlled hypermobility.

These are examples of showing the difference between pushing into your hypermobility versus holding your body in a pose with awareness and control of your joint position. If you think you’d benefit from learning these differences and how to hold yourself safely in different yoga poses, please join us for this workshop!

Dates: May 6th, 13th, and 20th (Sundays)
Time: 4 – 5:30 pm
Location: Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness, SW location
4475 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Suite 258
Portland, OR 97225
Capacity: 6 participants maximum (sign-up required)
Cost: $99 for full 3-week workshop
Payment method: check mailed to clinic address above or at PayPal.Me/ctadaki
Contact: chie@goodhealthphysicaltherapy.com to sign up

 

Another example of uncontrolled hypermobility.

A more controlled pose.

 

 

 

 

 

EDS Support Group


Next Meeting
4/28/18
3:00-5:00pm

Location: Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness, SW location
4475 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Suite 258
Portland, OR 97225