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Offline Pumpkin

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any advice?
« on: January 08, 2008, 01:29:41 AM »
Hi everyone!

I am 26 years old and was just diagnosed with Hypermobility syndrome and SI dysfunction by a rheumatologist.  I am sad, but willing to do everything to feel better.  I am going to go to physical therapy two times a week for four weeks.  I am also going to be joining a gym.  My question is this, what things should I avoid doing at the gym and what things in your experience have been helpful?  Running is definitely out of the question for me.  Thank you!


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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008, 11:21:55 AM »
Cycling is good.  Any exercise that avoids pounding and gravity are excellent.   I love swimming too but shoulders can give problems over time so I have a problem with swimming.   I would pick a recumbent cycle rather than an upright one.  Its better on your back and hips.     You also want to really work your quads heavily.    Wall squats with or without a ball are excellent.   
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008, 10:43:02 PM »
I have good luck with eliptical trainers... Swimming is always good, but as a former(my shoulder actually has more permenant damage than my knees and it was caused by swimming and not paying attention to pain) swimmer, it's worth making sure that you're using proper technique or else you'll end up with a lot more stress on your joints than is necessary. I If you have issues with your knees stay away from breast stroke kick as the whipping motion can be problematic. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2008, 12:28:34 AM »
Thank you!  Unfortunately the gym I will be joining does not have a swimming pool.  The cycling and elliptical training sounds great, and I think I will start with that.  I really appreciate your advice.


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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2008, 07:20:06 AM »
Hi Alexandra,

I also have loose ligaments and find clinical pilates really good. As long as I do regular exercise I feel pretty good. I combine my pilates sessions with a couple of gym sessions and also go to the pool. I had a shoulder operation in May and am just able to start swimming again. Cycling is great too.

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2008, 10:27:59 PM »
Hi Alexandra and welcome to the boards. I too have Hypermobility Syndrome. The key is to over do things and try and avoid things that end up pounding the knees etc. I hope going to the gym helps you.

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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2008, 10:13:11 PM »
Hi there

Just make sure you stay away from leg extensions (where you sit with the bar in front of your ankles and you straighten your leg)...... those are horrible on the knees.  Stick with building your quads with the squat machines where you can sit and push out in front of you.

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