Too Bendy? You May Be Hypermobile
Have you ever been told that you're super flexible? Then you may be an individual categorized as being hypermobile. The real question is: why does that matter and isn’t being flexible a good thing? Sometimes, it's not.
Hypermobility is a condition in which the joints in your body are too flexible—they bend and move easier than other people’s joints. Hypermobile people are often told they are "double-jointed" or have experienced dislocated joints throughout their childhood.
When our joints have too much motion (laxity), this leads to the surrounding musculature contracting and spasming to protect the joint. Unfortunately, the spastic muscles eventually lead to stiffness and pain—which in turn, causes the feeling of needing to stretch. I think it's safe to say that it's a vicious cycle.
Treating the affected muscles with soft tissue, myofascial release, and dry needling are great tools for relief. Physical therapy can also help tremendously with strengthening the affected areas.
While hypermobility is seen from a musculoskeletal standpoint, other problems can arise with this condition. It is very common for patients on the hypermobility spectrum to have neurological symptoms, anxiety and depression, digestive issues, circulatory issues (cold hands and feet), and sleep alterations.
Never fear—we always have solutions at Physical Dimensions! Having knowledge is the first step in providing the necessary tools for relief, appropriate treatment and preventative measures. If you or someone you know struggles with hypermobility, come on in!
Dr. Julian Hawkins is a chiropractor at Physical Dimensions.