Strengthen, don’t stretch for hypermobility

Double jointed, over- flexible, hypermobile- we all know someone who fits this description. What we often don’t know, is that they are also at an increased risk of injuries including:

  • Painful knees, fingers, hips, elbows
  • Joint dislocations
  • Joint sprains
  • Scoliosis
  • Back pain

The joints in people who are hypermobile easily move beyond the expected ‘normal’ range, increasing the stress endured by joints. While you can’t stop a joint from moving, you can strengthen the local tissues to increase stability of the joint.

Yoga vs Pilates

People often ask which is better, yoga or pilates? If a patient is hypermobile, I will always recommend pilates, and here’s why.

Yoga often takes people to extreme end of ranges. Even the most simple lotus pose places a great deal of force on the hips and knees.

Pilates on the other hand, promotes strength and stability through a series of resistance exercises within safe movement ranges. It allows you to target specific areas of the body, all the while, strengthening your torso and improving your posture.

So if this is you, and you find yourself constantly overstretching, rethink your methods and come on in to Ace Podiatry. Out team of pilates and strength and conditioning coaches can work with you to reduce your chance of hypermobility related injuries.

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