Welcome to the online learning sessions for the upcoming course, Advancing Practice in Hypermobility, presented by Dr Jane Simmonds.
Firstly, what is hypermobility?
The Hypermobility Syndromes Association provides a clear and concise definition of hypermobility:
Hypermobility is the term used to describe the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of movement. Joint hypermobility is common in the general population. It may be present in just a few joints or it may be widespread. It is most common in childhood and adolescence, in females, and Asian and Afro-Caribbean races. It tends to lessen with age. In many people joint hypermobility is of no medical consequence and commonly does not give rise to symptoms. Hypermobility can even be considered an advantage, for example athletes, gymnasts, dancers and musicians might specifically be selected because of their extra range of movement.
Factors influencing hypermobility include; muscle tone, joint surface congruency, physical activity and connective tissue laxity.