Hypermobility is defined as having an unusually or abnormally large range of movement in a joint or joints. It is effectively the opposite of stiffness (hypomobility).
A lot of people come to see us because of stiffness, so the thought of hypermobility may sound pretty good, but it comes with it’s own host of challenges. Too much movement can be just as problematic as not enough movement!
Hypermobile people may struggle with stabilising joints, are at greater risk of dislocations or subluxations, and often carry additional muscle tensions because they have to contract to hold together what ligaments otherwise would.
In most cases it’s purely the result of genetics – in particular, what type of collagen we produce (stretchy, or stiff). For some people it’s the result of injury, usually a previous dislocation or tear of some sort. It can also be associated with a range of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular conditions (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTS, scoliosis etc).