At our October seminar on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, we were thrilled when a New Hampshire Chiropractor offered to present about his own experience treating local patients with this heritable connective tissue disorder. This month, our feature is Dr. Matthew Hotz.

Matthew Hotz, DC is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota. He has offices in Lee and Kingston, New Hampshire and has been in practice for 26 years. Dr. Hotz uses diversified adjusting along with Nimmo trigger point therapy, using both instrument and manual adjusting. He is especially passionate about the treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and pregnancy and postpartum care, as well as working with runners to maximize athletic performance. He empowers patients to take responsibility for their care by teaching proper exercise technique and at home care to get better faster.

Dr. Hotz’s mother-in-law was a  teacher with the Boston Ballet, and through spending time with their chiropractor, he developed an interest in helping dancers with the particular stress that comes with their art. It was through correlating patterns found among dancers and gymnasts that led to an interest in helping those with EDS.

In his seminar presentation, Dr. Hotz expressed the importance of listening to patients who present with a variety of health complaints, as is often the case with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Seemingly unconnected symptoms that present a diagnostic challenge may actually be the result of a connective tissue disorder.

In his work with EDS patients, Dr. Hotz has found it helpful to focus on carefully building strength and training proprioception. He also recommends the Zebra Club app, which is an app specifically designed to guide people with hypermobility-related chronic pain through safe exercise and rehabilitation.