Hypermobility is something never quite understood completely. Many people misunderstood the concept and so it is filled with many different versions. We are often too hasty to judge everything on the first instant. Same has happened with me. I’ve been told, several times, by several people that I am hypermobile.
All I knew was that this apparently makes things more “difficult” for me. Came across a great resource yesterday on the topic, so I thought I’d share the parts that really resonate with me.
Hopefully this will help others in the same boat…
1. Getting fit
Getting fit is difficult at the best of times. But if you are hypermobile it is harder because there is a greater risk of injury and you may have found exercising painful. The exercises need to be interesting and specific to your needs. Your programme should be modified and monitored regularly and should be performed at least three times per week.
2. Benefits of Exercise
Medical research over recent decades has proved time and time again that exercise programmes are beneficial to people who suffer from musculo-skeletal and systemic disorders.
Posture also affects your frame of mind….and your frame of mind can affect your posture, ie, when you are well, feeling happy and on top of things, posture tends to be upright and open. In contrast, people who are depressed and in chronic pain, often sit or stand slumped.
4. Staying Positive
Staying positive and committed when you are in pain and have a chronic disorder is very difficult, but if you can be optimistic and open minded then a change in your health can occur…. without it, unlikely.
5. The Importance of Stretching
In the case of people with hypermobile joints, often some muscle groups are long and others are short creating imbalances and altered joint mechanics.