Over the last few years, within their Specialist work (Anna with Shoulders and Louise with Hips), this duo has been seeing an increased number of patients with Hypermobility and Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). This led to them both developing a special interest in these conditions so they sought additional training and learning through Advanced Practice Hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos courses and International conferences, such as the EDS Ghent 2018 conference.
The special skills that they have developed through seeing patients with these conditions has given them a greater understanding of the conditions they are treating and the holistic nature required in management.
Anna and Louise have also had the unique experience of shadowing Dr Jane Simmonds and Dr Ann McCarthy, Expert Hypermobility Physios at The London Hypermobility Clinic.
The pair have been asked many times to present their work at conferences –
Nov 2019 – The College Of Podiatry Annual Conference – Anna Higo had the honour of presenting ‘The Role Of Physiotherapy In The Management Of HEDS’. She was among a panel of top researchers in this area including Dr Emma Reinhold who devised the GP Toolkit for EDS and Dr Jill Halstead-Rastrick.
April 2020 – Louise Grant was delighted to be invited by Dr Jane Simmonds to co-present on the lower limb module for the Ehlers Danlos Society project ECHO program which was delivered via Zoom in April 2020 to delegates all over the world.
June 2020 – Louise and Anna were invited to present at the Hamburg Hip Conference. This was done virtually due to Covid-19. Anna spoke about our work with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos and Lou spoke about how the Team approach worked at Physiocure.
How Physiocure® work:
The hEDS patient feedback has been very positive with their Physio approach which aims to help pain, soft tissue issues, joint and muscle control through gentle, graded exercise, hydrotherapy, hands-on treatment, massage, acupuncture and electrotherapy modalities.
The Physiocure® Team who work with Anna and Louise are highly trained and very much involved with this patient group. They also attend the hEDS conferences and Master classes as the experts advise this is crucial in optimum management of these syndromes.
The Physiocure® Team:
- Physiotherapy – hands-on treatments such as soft tissue release, electro therapy modalities and acupuncture for pain relief alongside exercises, taping, advice and regular communication with the Physiocure team for a ‘seamless holistic approach’.
- One to One Pilates – using a gentle graded approach with a slow pace to avoid fatigue this can gradually help build some muscle strength to help your posture and joints. Breathing exercises can also be added to help POTs, sessions are in a quiet private room with just yourself and our instructor. This is done in conjunction with being under the care of the Physios at Physiocure as they can liaise together to help your problems.
- Aquatic exercise
- Psychotherapy/Hypnotherapy – highly recommended by the top hEDS doctors to help with pain and symptom management. The Physiocure therapist has a lot of experience dealing with patients in pain who are looking for ways to help themselves.
- Physical Trainer – This is gym based and for those patients who are ready to progress from the foundation exercises of Pilates. The Physiocure Trainer assesses you and designs a bespoke program for you. This is best done in conjunction with the care provided by the Physios as we can liaise together to help your problems.
- DM Orthotics – Physiocure have been trialling DMO® products for joint hypermobility over this past year. Physiocure have found that working in partnership with DMO® to find the best solution for their patients has been hugely successful; patient feedback has been very positive.
- All of Physiocure services are private, prices can be found on their website www.physiocure.org.uk.
- Patients are welcome to come for a ‘one-off’ session, or as and when they need. Physiocure can tailor their service to suit your needs.