Today I wanted to share with you this post from my friend Clare over at Jelly-Like Joints.
Clare is a science-lover and “bookish crafter” –a book lover who also enjoys arts and crafts. She was born with a genetic condition that affects her connective tissues. This causes her to have hypermobile joints, along with chronic pain and other symptoms.
In her post, Clare writes about how she’s been struggling with some new symptoms lately, specifically in regards to her voice. (Connective tissue disorders can cause a wide range of symptoms, because connective tissue can be found just about everywhere in your body).
I wanted to share her post with you because I really admired her mindset– it’s the approach I try to take as well, when I have setbacks.
Which is to take a step back and say, ok. I have this new problem I wasn’t expecting. But that also means there are new potential solutions out there I haven’t tried.
Of course, this is easier said than done. And I admit, it is not always my immediate reaction. But when I work through the anger and frustration, this is usually the point I get to that feels right, that lets me know I’m on the right path.
Keep going. Don’t stop looking for answers.
So what I really admired about Clare’s post is how, not only is she mentioning things that could be helpful to her, she keeps trying to help others at the same time.
So… check out her post!
You may notice that she’s included a link to one of my blog posts ;) I also struggle with hypermobile joints, however mine are hypermobile for a different reason. I am very fortunate not to have a connective tissue disorder… I was just born with joints that don’t fit together in the most stable way, making them more prone to pain and potential injury. (It just happens to some people, through luck of the genetic lottery).
I also really thought the part about the acupressure mat was interesting. For those that don’t know, the term proprioception means a general awareness of where your body is in space, and the different stimuli affecting it. Our sense of balance, for example, depends on different types of proprioceptive input through our nervous system.
Sometimes when we have a chronic illness, or injury, or chronic pain, our sense of proprioception to different parts of our body can be impeded, so an important part of therapy is to help the nervous system “remember” to check for different types of information.
That is something the acupressure mat could do, by giving TONS of information to our nervous system about what’s going on with your feet! So I thought that was cool.
Anyway, I hope you’re doing well, and that you all head on over to check out Jelly-Like Joints!