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Hypermobility Syndrome

Posted on 30th June 2014 by

Also known as being ‘double-jointed’, hypermobility affects approximately 3 in 10 people. Women are more likely to be affected than men and it is also relatively common in children. Hypermobile joints have a much larger range of movement available than ‘normal’ joints. In some cases, this is an advantage – particularly for gymnasts, dancers and swimmers who need to be super-flexible.

The Beighton Score is a test that can be carried out by a Physiotherapist to determine whether or not someone has hypermobile joints. A score of 4+ out of 9 indicates that an individual may have hyper mobility when combined with other signs & symptoms.Hypermobility syndrome

  1. One point if while standing forward bending you can place palms on the ground with legs straight
  2. One point for each elbow that bends backwards
  3. One point for each knee that bends backwards
  4. One point for each thumb that touches the forearm when bent backwards
  5. One point for each little finger that bends backwards beyond 90 degrees

The majority of people with hypermobile joints experience no issues and are able to continue with life as normal. However, for some people, this additional movement can lead to:

  • Joint pain
  • Dislocated joints
  • Soft tissue injuries – affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments

If this is the case, they may have Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS), a connective tissue disorder that often runs in families. People with JHS may also have issues with their autonomic nervous system, leading to fainting, heart palpitations and increased risks of anxiety.

From a management and treatment perspective, ensuring the joints are well supported with either external supports or keeping the surrounding muscle groups strong, can help to reduce the risk of over-stretching the joint and surrounding soft tissue.

If you suffer from hypermobile joints, seeing a Physiotherapist may be beneficial, as they will able to guide you on how to safely exercise and train. They will also be able to prescribe a set of home exercises to strengthen and support the joints more effectively, without damaging them and advise you how to care for your joints.

Pilates can be a fantastic form of exercise for people with hypermobility, with our classes you have the added support that they are led by experienced Clinicians, who can really understand the issues you are facing.

Read more about hyper mobility syndrome & how physios can help



Exercising During Pregnancy

Posted on 25th June 2014 by

Many women are nervous about exercising during pregnancy and stop all activities once they discover they are expecting.

Whilst high impact and contact sports aren’t advisable during this time, there are many forms of exercise that you can do.

The general advice is that if you’re already regular exercise when you get pregnant, you can keep up this form of exercise – but don’t take up anything new!

There are many benefits to exercising during pregnancy, including:

  • Maintained Cardio-Vascular fitness
  • Helping with a more positive pregnancy experience
  • May help prevent gestational diabetes
  • Preparation for labour
  • Improved circulation – reduces fluid retention
  • Assists in post natal recovery
  • Maintains muscle length and flexibility
  • Maintains healthy weight
  • Increased body awareness and control – reducing risk of injury
  • Increase levels of energy and feeling of well-being

One form of exercise which is great to take part in whilst you are pregnant is Pilates. Pilates provides a safe, low impact and fun way to maintain your fitness levels and keep active for almost everyone who is pregnant.

The benefits of Pilates during pregnancy include:

  • A safe, low impact form of exercise
  • Conditioning & toning of your pelvic floor muscles
  • Improved postural awareness and control
  • Improved spinal and pelvic stability
  • Maintains fitness levels throughout pregnancy
  • Prepares your body for new tasks (toning and strengthening your arms & legs ready for carrying your baby and all that extra equipment around!)
  • Relaxation
  • Reduces pain associated with pregnancy such as low back pain, SPD, pelvic girdle pain
  • Social opportunity – meet like minded, local mums to be!

The benefits of Pilates after you’ve had your baby include:

  • Assists with weight loss and toning
  • Increases fitness levels
  • Helps maintain bone density
  • Social opportunity – meet local new mums
  • Can help prevent post-natal depression
  • Speeds recovery from delivery
  • Builds muscle strength and tone

Check out more information about our Pregnancy Pilates Classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford.

We also offer a post natal check up service, called goMummy – read more about it here!

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