Exercise for Joint Hypermobility
What is hypermobility?
Joint hypermobility, also referred to a broader condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), is a condition which causes all or some of a person’s joints have an increased range of movement. Due to this individuals with the condition can move their limbs into extreme and abnormal positions. Because of this, people with this condition are sometimes referred to as having “loose joints” or being “double-jointed”.
Joint hypermobility symptoms:
Many people with hypermobile joints don’t notice have any problems. However, some individuals with joint hypermobility can experience a number of negative symptoms such as:
- Pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles
- Clicking joints
- Easily dislocated joints
- Easily fatigued joints
- Increased injury risk
How do I know if I have hypermobility?
If you do have hypermobility you may have noticed that you find your joints may not be as strong as other people. Additionally, you may have noticed that you are more flexible in your joints than other people in your life. Your physiotherapist is able to diagnose you with hypermobility if you are unsure.
How can exercise help?
As we all know, exercise is a crucial habit for those living a healthy lifestyle. However, if you have been feeling pain in your selected sport or exercise it might be discouraging for you to continue. With the right strengthening program it is possible to return to your preferred sport without increasing pain. An Exercise Physiologist can advise you about which exercises to perform. Exercise will help you improve your joint control, strength and decrease injury risk. Exercise physiology intervention also help reduce pain, improve your strength, fitness and balance which will help reduce the risk of dislocations.
If you are looking to learn more about living your best life with hypermobility, get in touch with Pivotal Motion’s exercise physiologist team today. Our team of Exercise Physiologists will be able to discuss with you in more depth on how to manage your exercise. Book online or call us on 3352 5116.