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  • Writer's pictureKieran Cummins

Hypermobility syndrome: what is it and how can physiotherapy help.

If you're someone who has hypermobility syndrome, you're probably all too familiar with the problems it can cause. Hypermobility syndrome is a condition that affects the joints and connective tissues, and it can lead to a range of symptoms, from pain and stiffness to joint instability and reduced mobility.

So, what is hypermobility syndrome, exactly? Simply put, it's a condition in which the joints are more flexible than they should be. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic predisposition, injury, or repeated overuse of the joints. Whatever the cause, the end result is the same: joints that are too loose and that can't support the body's weight or movements properly.

One of the most common problems associated with hypermobility syndrome is joint pain. This can occur in any joint, but it's most often felt in the knees, hips, and back. Other symptoms may include muscle weakness, fatigue, and difficulty with balance and coordination.

If you think you might have hypermobility syndrome, it's important to see a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis. This may involve a physical exam, medical history review, and diagnostic test such as the brighton scale of hypermobility test and skin hyperextensibility test.

Fortunately, there are treatments available for hypermobility syndrome, and one of the most effective is physiotherapy. At Redrock Physio and Pilates, our team of experienced physiotherapists can help you develop a personalized treatment plan that's tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Some of the benefits of physiotherapy for hypermobility syndrome include:

  • Increased joint stability: By strengthening the muscles around your joints, you can help to provide extra support and stability that can prevent pain and reduce the risk of injury.

  • Improved flexibility: While too much flexibility can be a problem in hypermobility syndrome, a certain amount is still necessary for healthy movement. Our physiotherapists can help you strike the right balance.

  • Reduced pain: By using techniques like massage, stretching, and exercise, our physiotherapists can help to relieve pain and discomfort associated with hypermobility syndrome.

If you're struggling with hypermobility syndrome, know that you're not alone, and that there are solutions available.

With the help of our team at Redrock Physio and Pilates, you can take control of your symptoms and start living life to the fullest once again.

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