The Alexander Technique

Hyper-mobility

Hypermobility is a condition that affects around 10% of the population in which some joints in the body have a greater range of movement than is expected or considered normal.

For a smaller percentage of people, hypermobility is accompanied by symptoms relating to the body’s connective tissues being more elastic.

What is HSD?

The Ehlers-Danlos Society defines HSD as follows:

Hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) are connective tissue disorders that cause joint hypermobility, instability, injury, and pain. Other problems such as fatigue, headaches, GI problems, and autonomic dysfunction are often seen as part of HSD.”

For information on hypermobility, HSD, hEDS and EDS, see the Ehlers-Danlos Society website.

The Challenges

Hypermobility expresses itself uniquely among individuals, with varying symptoms and impacts.

While not everyone perceives these manifestations as obstacles, some view this flexibility or neurodiversity as a valuable asset contributing to personal successes.

The list of symptoms below is neither exhaustive nor necessarily reflective of your individual experiences.

  • fatigue and sub-optimal sleep
  • neck or back pain
  • headaches
  • postural issues
  • pelvic floor weakness
  • bowel issues
  • digestive complaints
  • pregnancy and postnatal issues
  • musculoskeletal instability and pain
  • coordination and balance problems
  • muscle tone and strength
  • injury recovery
  • learning hindrances
  • voice and breathing problems

What Typically Happens

Living with hypermobility often means that you feel you don’t have as much control over your body and the impact of your “over-bendy” body as you’d like. The frustration, confusion, and disappointment can be disheartening, to say the least.

And because of the ‘invisible’ nature of this condition, it’s not uncommon to experience being invalidated or dismissed by people around you, even by some medical professionals.

Quality of Life

The Alexander Technique offers valuable support for individuals living with hypermobile joints, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), or hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), by fostering increased body awareness and promoting mindful movement. Through gentle guidance, individuals learn to recognise and address excessive joint mobility and muscle tension. 

The technique helps cultivate a more balanced and integrated use of the body, reducing the strain on hypermobile joints. By developing better postural habits and movement patterns, individuals with HSD can experience enhanced stability, improved coordination, and a reduction in pain and discomfort. 

The Alexander Technique empowers individuals to navigate daily activities with greater ease and resilience, ultimately contributing to an improved quality of life.

 

FURTHER READING

On this site:

Elsewhere:

  • Posture and MovementHypermobility Syndromes Association, U.K. (HMSA) – Dr. Philip Bull, Lead Medical Advisor & Consultant Rheumatologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer, KCH Medical School
  • Articles on Alexander TechniqueSchool for F.M. Alexander Studies, by David Moore
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