Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hypermobile Joints

Hypermobile Joints

Hypermobility is more than just a good party trick. Hypermobility is the ability of a joint to move beyond its normal range of motion. It is common in children and decreases with age. Having a few hypermobile joints isn't unusual. In most people, joint hypermobility causes no problems and requires no treatment.  But in some people, hypermobility causes joint pain and results in a higher chance of dislocations, sprains and osteoarthritis. With hypermobility the ligaments that provide joint stability are loose and weak. This increases the risk of ligament injury or strain and can cause pain. 

People with hypermobility may experience many difficulties. For example, their joints may be easily injured, be more prone to complete dislocation due to an unstable joint and they may develop problems from muscle fatigue (as muscles must work harder to compensate for the excessive weakness in the ligaments that support the joints). Hypermobility can also lead to chronic pain. It has also been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Symptoms of hypermobility include a dull but intense pain around the knee and ankle joints and the soles of the feet. 

It is important that the individual with hypermobility remain extremely fit - even more so than the average individual - to prevent recurrent injuries. Regular exercise and corrective therapy can reduce symptoms of hypermobility, because strong muscles help to stabilise joints. These treatments can also help by stretching tight, overused muscles and ensuring the person uses joints within the ideal ranges of motion, avoiding hyperextension or hyperflexion. Low-impact exercise is usually recommended for hypermobile people as it is less likely to cause injury than high-impact exercise or contact sports.

Fitworks Corrective Therapy has a unique approach to building muscles around joints to align the skeletal frame reducing risk of ligament injury or stain. By strengthening the muscles around the joints you can reduce the risk of ligament injury or strain that causes pain and problems with hypermobility. 

Gary Rumel, Corrective Therapist

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