Break this word down and
hyper – means too much / mobility -movement
so put the 2 together – and it means that there is too much movement.
Keep in mind however, that we are human. Humans come in all different sizes and shapes. So this is Hypermobility term is just a comparison.
Hypermobility then can be termed as a spectrum. People whom are too mobile are on this spectrum. Hence having / being hypermobile is not a disease or medical condition, its just a way of explaining how well your joint move when compared to the general population.
Being hypermobile depends on: Genetics, ethnicity, gender, age (after 40 people tend to get stiffer), activity levels.
It is important to emphasise that this is a Spectrum as stated earlier. Some people may only be ‘slightly’ hypermobile, whilst others may be excessively (gymnasts). But both would be on the hypermobile spectrum.
Next point, is that you may have 1 joint only, that is hypermobile or you may have multiple joints that are hypermobile. There is no grade for this. If many joint are involved and hypermobile then this is labelled as “Generalised Joint Hypermobility’. Important to note that this is again NOT A MEDICAL DISEASE or CONDITION. These labels just help healthcare professionals understand the human body a bit better.
There can be due to various individual factors such as past trauma / surgery, or activity levels (form yoga), certain anatomical reasons for which there are no answers just yet – including – how Scandinavians / those of Viking descent have deeper hip sockets than those of Asians or Eastern European heritage. For generalised joint Hypermobility – genetics is the most common factor for you having this. There is a family gene mutation somewhere in your ancestry. You may have been aware that you had Hypermobility since childhood but never been given the explanation why you were more bendy than others. 3/4 people with this will have a member of their family whom are also the same.
This genetic mutation will affect most of your tissues ranging from your joints, skin, blood vessels walls, tendons, ligaments and muscles. All those tissue s become more stretchy and this is why you may notice you are more bendy as well as possibly (not alway however) may bruise easily.
Most of your tissue are made of collagen (strength qualities) and elastin (stretch qualities), this mutation will generally create more stretchy than strong qualities. Again to re-iterate this is not a medical disease or condition, it can give people an advantage depending on their career such as gymnasts and dancers, so not to be afraid if you have it! But it is very handy to know!
Beighton Score Criteria
This is a quick measure 📐 test to see if you are hypermobile.
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