The Alexander Technique

Hyper-mobility

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

What is HSD?

While most people outgrow the natural flexibility they had as babies and children, about 20% retain their hypermobility into adulthood. For gymnasts, dancers, and others who don’t experience pain or other symptoms, it can be considered an advantage to have a more bendy or double-jointed body.

However, this becomes problematic when these very flexible joints are also unstable, causing painful dislocations, sprains, and other injuries. For some, they may also have other conditions that are associated with hypermobility such as fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, neurodiversity, and autonomic dysfunction which are often seen as part of what’s known as Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD).

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, delivery, and postnatal issues
  • musculoskeletal instability and pain
  • coordination and balance problems
  • poor muscle tone and strength
  • slower recovery from injury
  • learning hindrances
  • voice and breathing problems

Quality of Life

Living with hypermobility often means feeling less in control of your “over-bendy” body than you’d like. The resulting frustration, confusion, and disappointment can be deeply disheartening.

Because this condition is largely invisible, it’s common to feel invalidated or dismissed by others.

The Alexander Technique provides valuable support with hypermobility by fostering increased body awareness and promoting mindful movement. Through gentle guidance, you learn to recognise and address excessive joint mobility and muscle tension.

This technique helps develop a more balanced and integrated use of the body, reducing the strain on hypermobile joints. By improving postural habits and movement patterns, you gain enhanced stability, better coordination, and a reduction in pain and discomfort.

Ultimately, the Alexander Technique empowers you to navigate daily activities with greater ease and resilience, significantly improving your quality of life.

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