What to Expect

STEP ONE

Consultation and Unique Exam

Your first visit starts by reviewing your complete record, any special studies you may have had, and the list of what brings you to the clinic. Only if I think that I can help you, I will start your examination, and more than likely this exam will be like nothing you have ever had. This is our Data Collection time!

Unlike what most realize, there are different levels of joint hypermobility, different degrees of brain awareness of stability and body positioning. Your joint hypermobility impacts your movement patterns and this means the neurology behind your movement gets modified. We will need to reverse engineer the process to not only get your patterns reversed but also find the best positioning awareness that puts the least amount of stress on your connective tissues.

You, as a hypermobile person, are like that box of treasured sets of china that requires bubble wrapping and special care when moving. It is the precious belongings that need better and safer attendance for safe delivery. If you learn what that is for you, then you don’t have to be scared of pain or every movement.

 

Let me explain the neurology (oh no!):

There is a map of movement and sensation in your brain called Homunculus. This map is designed to change and get modified based on your lifestyle, injuries and choices. If movement is a concert, your brain is the conductor, this map is the musical note and your body parts are the musicians. We need to first know if the ‘musical note’ is the one that is based on the original (factory design) mechanics of your movement (I can let you know after the exam).

Once I see your today’s ‘map’, then I can see what needs to be changed. This is what positive neuroplasticity is all about. Now we need to know if the ‘musicians know when to chime in and phase out’ – this is what my Functional Movement assessment shows. 

STEP TWO

I will need time to put all pieces of the puzzle together to see what your ‘story’ is. That is when I will be able to answer the following questions.

  • What does my hypermobility test show?
  • What is going to take place treatment-wise?
  • How much is this going to take?
  • What should I expect?

STEP THREE

Begin Care

My joint hypermobility treatment starts with breathing! Not Yoga breathing or some other form of breathing but the basic breathing that all infants do. That is the foundation to a stable posture and body.

We use nature as our guide to outline what comes after what and follow the  developmental movement exercises that we all did as infants for the first 2-3 years of our lives. These are innate exercises because if you recall, no one guided us as infants to follow any specific patterns of movement! All babies on the planet follow the same patterns of movement because we are programmed to do so.

Dr shakib taping a knee

I don’t predict the future but I promise to tell you soon after we start the preliminary work of Functional Rehab. how your treatment speed will more than likely be.

If we know the facts and limitations and as a team, are determined to win, I don’t see why you would not see the changes you wish to make

Your care will include awareness of your tendencies, understand the ‘why’ behind those tendencies and replacing them with ‘better packaging’ and ‘bubble wrapping’ of your body so your ‘move’ is safer.

Strengthening and putting together the movement patterns utilizing postural neurology exercises, developmental kinesiology exercises, breathing therapy, re-adjusting your weight distribution from the exam scan,  modifying your lifestyle are all some of what we use to let you asses the safety of your moves to minimize the chances of subluxations and endangering your joints.

You may be here because you are disappointed at the type of hypermobility treatments you have received, your hypermobility treatments have not lasted long or we are your first hypermobility specialist. No matter what, I want you to know that I will do everything within my power to help you understand yourself better.

My word is my honor and you have my word

– Dr. S