Far from the party tricks that we commonly relate it with, hypermobility can actually have some seriously life-altering symptoms that can often be misdiagnosed or may be missed completely.
In this blog post, we will be looking at what hypermobility is in more detail, what this means for injury rehabilitation, and the 4 steps for staying injury-free with Balanced Bodies.
So, what is hypermobility?
Hypermobility Syndrome is a condition that typically affects the joints in your body. When visiting a doctor for your diagnosis, GPs measure joint flexibility on something called the Beighton Score which tests for hypermobility in 9 joints. However, what is commonly misunderstood about Hypermobility is that people can actually be on the hypermobile scale without experiencing joint issu es, or they can be hypermobile in joints that aren’t assessed on the Beighton scale.
There are a range of other symptoms that people on the hypermobile spectrum can experience including; digestive issues, poor balance and coordination, heart issues, and higher levels of anxiety.
How does hypermobility change injury rehabilitation?
When it comes to injury rehabilitation, the more we know about the body, the better we can treat it. I’ve frequently had clients who deal with a range of the lesser-known symptoms of hypermobility and have never received a diagnosis which is why it’s so important to understand exactly what my clients are going through.
At Balanced Bodies, we always take an individualised approach to treatment to ensure we’re rehabilitating the body in a safe way. For people on the hypermobile spectrum, this means ensuring all injury rehabilitation and / or prevention work is undertaken in a way that works for their specific body and other symptoms are taken into account when we’re creating a plan of action for rehabilitation after injury.
One of the biggest reasons I was interested in injury rehabilitation was helping people get back to doing the things they love which often starts with gaining a better understanding their bodies. For those on the hypermobile spectrum, identifying their symptoms can be the first step to feeling great in their bodies – so whether it’s running marathons, or simply being able to play in the garden with the grandkids, Balanced Bodies can help you get back to things you enjoy!
Ready to start your journey to a strong, mobile body free from injury? Here’s our 4-step system for staying injury-free with Balanced Bodies…
4 steps for staying injury-free with Balanced Bodies
Step 1: Bespoke treatment
As mentioned previously, we always take an individualized approach to injury rehabilitation so we can treat the pain or issue safely. Together, we create a bespoke plan that fits with you, your lifestyle and your goals to help you reap the rewards of a functioning body for life.
Step 2: Changing your relationship with exercise
One of the biggest changes we see with my clients is when their approach to exercise shifts from being a chore, to them seeing / understanding that it helps them do the things they love. When you start to view exercise as a pathway to your own fulfillment, that’s when you can start making real life-long changes, that keep you strong and reduce the risk of injury reoccurring.
Step 3: Setting clear goals
I see the best results from the clients who have a clear goal of what they want to achieve. I always ensure that my clients’ goals are a big part of their injury rehabilitation so they’re ‘fit for purpose’ and ready to achieve their goals.
Step 4: Making a lifestyle change
The only way to make truly life-long improvements to your health after injury is to ensure the right exercises are integrated into your lifestyle. Takin g a long-term view to your health is one of the best things you can do to ensure your changes are sustainable.
If you’re ready to get back to doing the activities you love, feeling more mobile, or you think you might be on the hypermobile scale, book your free 20-minute no-obligation consultation with me! We can talk about what you’re struggling with and figure out a plan of action to get you feeling your best.