Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Have you ever suspected that you are ‘double jointed’?
Do you have a history or frequent sprains and strains, or clicky joints, going back to when you were a child? Then read on, as you may have Joint Hypermobility or Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.
Joint Hypermobility is a condition in which joints can be moved beyond the normal or expected range of movement – in other words you are very flexible. When Joint Hypermobility affects multiple joints in the body, it may be due to a systemic condition causing excessive mobility of the ligaments and connective tissues, which support the joints.
Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) refers to a group of conditions in which Hypermobility occurs along with chronic pain (pain lasting more than 3 months) in multiple joints. It has been under-recognised and under-treated by the medical establishment.
How We Can Help
Physiotherapists Jodie Krantz and Alison McIntosh at Free2Move have a special interest in working with children and adults with JHS. The process begins with an individual assessment. The first thing that usually needs to be addressed is managing the chronic pain, because when you’re in pain it’s hard to learn anything new. Next you need to begin to learn how to move more smoothly, and safely in a way that does not keep aggravating your pain. This includes looking at your posture for sleeping, sitting and standing, how you walk, how you bend, how you lift and so on.