WHAT IS ADAPTIVE AT?
Students with EDS/HSD frequently have neuromuscular patterns that hold unstable joints in place which then require the development of compensatory patterns that further risk injury. This kind of joint instability creates cyclical experiences that tend to worsen over time. Our work provides a method to counteract those painful patterns, and provides education that coordinates support from the body during movement, bearing weight, and when at rest.
Adaptive Alexander Technique, developed by Integrating Instability practitioners, is a form of neuromuscular repatterning that uses directed attention with increased sensory feedback to develop ways of consciously coordinating new motor pathways. These new patterns are mechanically advantageous and anatomically correct, and engage musculature in a more supportive and balanced way. Our work investigates movement initiation at the intersection of conscious awareness and subconscious habit, and re-organizes what we think are the automatic baseline signals of subconscious inhibitory tone.
We are actively looking to develop partnerships with medical professionals to provide greater communal support and resources to manage hypermobility in everyday life.