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Dr. Philip Bull
United Kingdom

Hypermobility and the Alexander Technique

Hypermobility is a term that neither FM nor the first generation teachers would have known. It is only in this century that Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (EDS/HSD) have become better understood and recognized in the medical field as genetic conditions for which there is no cure. Many people living with these conditions spend their entire lives managing their symptoms and are increasingly seeking AT for relief. We can potentially make a big difference in their experience by providing strategies for better postural support, calming the nervous system, and improving proprioception and balance, all contributing to their quality of life.

The AT can be of immense help to this community but unfortunately, we have heard stories from those with EDS/HSD who have had negative experiences with AT practitioners who were unaware how hypermobility can affect a person and so made no allowances for it. These teachers inadvertently over-released the hypermobile students’ already lax joints and left them with a loss of both tone and internal integrated support. They felt disconnected and their painful symptoms worsened.

Dr. Bull speaks for 50 minutes outlining how hypermobility may affect not only a person’s joints but also their internal organs, their proprioceptive sensitivity and their nervous system.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A, a 45 minutes lunch break, and a →45-minute panel discussion with Ann Rodiger, Julia Woodman, and David Moore from 13.30-14.15h (1.30-2.15pm).

Keynote Session Details

Dr. Philip Bull: Joint Hypermobility Syndrome – an Introduction

Flyer PoTS – Deutsch: POTS und andere Dysautonomien Deutschland

Ann Rodiger: AT and EDS

Julie Barber and Carolyn Nicholls: ‘Only Connect; working with Hypermobility’,  FM Alexander Annual Memorial Lecture June 2019, The Alexander Journal #28, Spring 2021.

Andy Smith: An Investigation into Hypermobility

Julia Woodman BSc, PhD, MSTAT is Head of Training at Edinburgh Alexander Training SchoolShe is also Chair of the STAT Research Group and was a core member of the study team for the large randomised controlled clinical, trial, ATLAS. Julia is keen to foster the continued development of Alexander teaching and training to ensure its suitability for everyone – including those living with hypermobility. She teaches one-to-one, groups and organisations, mostly in Scotland, and qualified from the Manchester Alexander Technique training school in 2006. Julia has published widely for both academic and general audiences; her conference presentations include for the Ehlers-Danlos Society.

About Dr. Philip Bull

Dr. Philip Bull is a Consultant Rheumatologist, joint hypermobility specialist, mindfulness champion and bass guitar player. Since retiring full time from the NHS (National Health Service) in 2014 he runs two private clinics and is involved in medical education. Current positions: Consultant Rheumatologist, The Chaucer Hospital, Canterbury & The One Hospital, Ashford Medical Advisor and Trustee, HMSA (Hypermobility Syndromes Association).

He is also involved in Education for Medical Students from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, Junior Doctors and GP’s at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. He is the Education lead for the East Kent Community Rheumatology Nursing service.

Special interests: his main specialty interest is in the Joint Hypermobility Syndromes. He is the instigator of the Kent Hypermobility Network, working with the HMSA charitable trust to improve services for hypermobile patients through education using existing resources. Other interests include gout, soft tissue rheumatism, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.He has experience in medical leadership and works as a mentor on the IQ leadership program for Rheumatologists.
He has a particular interest in mindfulness and how it applies to the wellbeing of health service employees, working in association with the government’s Mindful Initiative leadership team.He has an ongoing interest in the Alexander Technique and has written educational articles and organized events with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.


See also: Philip Bull – Presenter Detail Page

Keynote-Plenary Session
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
11:30 h - 12:45 h (11.30am-12.45pm)

H 0104 - Main Congress Auditorium
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

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