Managing Hypermobility

Hypermobility is in it's most simple terms when joints of your body move further than they should. 

Why is this bad? Isn't it a good thing to be flexible?

A good degree of flexibility in the body is a good thing. Excessively tight muscles cause all sorts of muscle and joint pain problems but equally so does being too flexible. People with hypermobility will often still have some tight muscles but the ability of connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons to stretch is greater in people with hypermobility. And when the joint moves further than it should do it means that there can be friction between bone and cartilage rather than 2 surfaces of cartilage. This excess friction will then damage the joint over time. There are also other mechanisms by which hypermobility can cause pain with friction between tendons and bones or other surfaces because the tendons are out of proper alignment.

So how do we fix this?

The answer in theory is fairly simple. We exercise the body through normal ranges of movement with the focus being on controlling the movement of the body to prevent it from moving beyond those points.

Initially this would be done with no or minimal resistance just teaching the body and brain the correct movement patterns. And initially I would focus on putting this, as much as possible into the context of carrying out normal daily activities. This would then be progressed to controlling the movements under load or with some form of weight or resistance. With practice and time the client becomes able to self manage this and live virtually pain free.

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If you have hypermobility issues and would like to discuss them with me please initially email or message me and I will get back to you to discuss your requirements. Appointments can be:

Face to Face appointments 

or

Online (Video) appointments