Research

There are a number of physical conditions which seem to be associated with Dyspraxia but there’s been no research done on these links as far as I know.

Joint Hypermobility is one. In the long term this can cause joint pain which adds to the frequent bumps and trip injuries some people suffer. Hypermobility Syndrome is measured using the Beighton Score.

A high Beighton score by itself does not mean that an individual has HMS. It simply means that the individual has widespread hypermobility.

The Beighton score is calculated as follows:

Score one pointouch toest if you can bend and place your hands flat on the floor without bend ing you knees.

 

 

 

 

bend kneeScore one point for each knee that will bend backwards.

 

bend elbowScore one point for each elbow that will bend backwards.

 

Score one point for each thumb that will bend backwards to touch the forearm.  bend wrist

 

 

 

bend fingersScore one point for each hand when you can bend the little finger back beyond 90°.

 

 

 

If you are able to perform all of above manoeuvres then you have a maximum score of 9 points. 

Further information: http://www.hypermobility.org

People with Dyspraxia frequently have low muscle tone with core strength weakness. This can be helped with medical Pilates (from a physio) or tight fitting stretchy garments from Job skins.  These need to be measured and fitted by a trained person – usually an Occupational Therapist.

Squints, and problems getting the eyes to work together to get good binocular vision are very common, but need more research.

Balance problems and poor Proprioception (knowing where your limbs or hands are in space without looking at them) are also common.

Anecdotally these issues get worse with age, and it seems likely that elderly people with Dyspraxia have a higher risk of falling than most people – more research needs to be done in this area as well.

Have you noticed any other associations between Dyspraxia and physical health problems?

Once we get sufficient funds to get our Charity status we can go for some research funding into these issues.

Talk to you next week – Frabo

 

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