STRETCHING TOO MUCH⁉️
Hypermobility syndrome describes a connective tissue predisposition that allows joints to easily move beyond their normal range of motion. If you have done the splits at some point in your life, you are probably on this spectrum. Women are affected more than men. 🙋🏼 Hypermobility isn’t always a problem; only when there is pain and discomfort associated with it. If you are very flexible, but you feel tight and have pain, this might be you. 🤔
The Beighton Scale (shown above) consists of 5 tests: .
1️⃣ Do your elbows hyperextend? .
2️⃣ Do your fingers bend back past 90 degrees?
3️⃣ Can you bend your thumb to your arm? .
4️⃣ Do your knees hyperextend? .
5️⃣ Can you touch your palms to the floor?
If you answered “yes” to more than 2 of those, you are on the hypermobility scale. ⚠️The key focus of your “corrective” training should be stability and strengthening through a full range of motion. Mobility without stability is a problem. Despite some short term relief, stretching can actually be harmful in this scenario. Don’t let it fool you!
The typical painful hypermobile patient has had pain for a long time. ✔️ They have tried a few different things to improve, but all with minimal success. 😞 Their pain is usually bearable, but it can still have a profound impact on quality of life and athletic endeavors. .
One common complaint you might hear from the hypermobile patient is they “feel tight.” 🤔 This perceived tightness is a result of a neurological tone and drive attempting to stabilize. It will decrease with strengthening. In activities where mobility is advantageous, such as gymnastics or throwing, there is a careful interplay between mobility and stability.
The key takeaway here: know YOUR body and best know how to treat it. If you are extremely mobile, focus on strength and stability. As with all training and rehab, the approach should be individualized and tailor fitted. Fit the program to person, not the other way around. 👊🏼