long cane training

Balance & Perception – Long Cane Training.

Many regular visitors to this site (and most of my friends) will be aware that I live with Visual Stress. For the most part it just means I wear snazzy orange glasses and can’t drive. Other less obvious elements are my lack of depth perception, terrible night vision and sensitivity to blue light. I used […]

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Physiotherapy expectations with hypermobility syndromes

Physiotherapy Expectations With Hypermobility Syndromes

Physiotherapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as exercise, movement, manual therapies and education1. It can be used along side medication and traditional pain management strategies and is often used following surgery too. I often (and quite correctly) see people recommending physiotherapy to treat Hypermobility Syndromes like Ehlers Danlos and Marfan […]

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Wheelchair Propelling Techniques

This ‘Wheelchair Propelling Techniques’ section might (at first) seem pretty self-explanatory. You sit down and push with your hands right? Well actually there’s a bit more to it. Little adjustments with your body can make a big difference. Lets start with simply moving a chair over smooth ground. Make sure you’re siting comfortably, don’t slouch […]

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Wheelchair Cushion Guide

Wheelchair shopping can be expensive and overwhelming. Often the chair itself take priority but sometimes the extras, like a decent wheelchair cushion, are just as important. Wheelchair Cushions make sitting for long periods more comfortable but they also play a part in temperature regulation, stability and preventing pressure injuries. There are literally thousands on the […]

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Using Splinting with Hypermobility Syndromes

Using splinting is one common strategy for managing the symptoms of Hypermobility Syndromes such as Ehlers Danlos. People with a hypermobility syndromes (HMS) often have very poor proprioception, this basically means we don’t really know where our own arms and legs are so we tend to have a lot of accidents compared to ‘normal’ people. […]

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Accessibility. There’s more to it than you think.

Accessibility is a word that I hear all the time. Accessibility refers to the design of products, services or environments for people with impairments. It’s often though of as a fixed standard, either something is accessible or it isn’t.  When you start looking deeper though you realise that isn’t really true. How can something be yes/no […]

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Highwoods Country Park BOMA 7 Wheelchair

Highwoods Country Park on the north side of Colchester is a massive green space made up of woodland, grassland, trails, lakes and play areas. The park is perfect for dog walking, cycling, sunbathing and exploring. The park itself is pretty easy to get to, if you’re arriving by car simply head straight up the drive to […]

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Wheelchair Accessories

Continuing the ‘beginners guide to wheelchair life‘ this post will answer the first question from a JBOT fan… Wheelchair Accessories to answer your wheelchair woes. “How to carry anything whilst self-propelling!” – Ellie May Petty.  This is something that most new wheelies struggle with.. balancing things on your lap (and dropping them) hanging things off […]

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