Hypermobility is a condition in which an individual’s joints have a greater range of motion than normal. This can lead to joint pain, instability, and an increased risk of injury. While hypermobility cannot be “fixed” per se, there are steps that can be taken to manage symptoms and prevent complications. Here are some strategies for managing hypermobility:
- Strengthening Exercises
Strengthening the muscles surrounding the hypermobile joint can help to provide stability and support. Focus on exercises that target the specific joint(s) affected by hypermobility, and work with a physical therapist to develop a safe and effective exercise program.
- Joint Protection
Protecting hypermobile joints from injury is important. This can include wearing supportive braces or taping, avoiding high-impact activities, and modifying daily activities to reduce stress on the joints. Additionally, using ergonomic equipment (such as a supportive chair or keyboard) can help to reduce strain on joints.
Learning about hypermobility and how it affects your body can be empowering. Work with your healthcare provider to better understand your condition and how to manage it. Additionally, seek out resources such as support groups or educational materials to learn from others with hypermobility.
- Posture and Body Mechanics
Proper posture and body mechanics can help to reduce strain on hypermobile joints. Focus on maintaining good posture while sitting, standing, and walking. Additionally, be mindful of body mechanics when lifting or carrying heavy objects.
Self-care is important for managing hypermobility. This can include getting enough rest, managing stress, and engaging in activities that promote relaxation (such as meditation or yoga). Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated can help to support overall joint health.
While hypermobility cannot be “fixed,” these strategies can help to manage symptoms and prevent complications. Work with your healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive plan for managing hypermobility that addresses your unique needs and goals. With proper management, it is possible to live a healthy and active life with hypermobility.