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Are you “bendy”? Super-flexible? You might be hypermobile.

  • October 9, 2017
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  • Are you “bendy”? Super-flexible? You might be hypermobile.

 

All of us have varying degrees of elasticity, or “stretch”, of our ligaments (ligaments attach bone to bone, like at a joint). Some people have extra stretchy ligaments which make them hypermobile and so their joints are very flexible. The pay off for this extra mobility is less stability. This can lead to muscles working overtime to stabilise joints which can lead to aches, pain, and feelings of stiffness (see previous blog article).

Here’s the tricky part…it often feels good to stretch the muscles to ease the achy pain…and short term it does. However stretching muscles lengthens them, this in turn leads to less support of a joint and the muscles have to work hard again, the pain returns and so on. It becomes a vicious cycle.

What can you do? Come and see an osteopath who can tell you if you are hypermobile. If you are hypermobile, then don’t worry, there are things you can do to help…

1) It may be difficult but STOP STRETCHING. It’s only continues the problem.

2) START STRENGTHENING. Strengthen your muscles so they can support your joints easily.

3) Try massage for pain relief. It relaxes the muscles without lengthening them.

 

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