Hypermobility part 1
A correlation that becomes clear when working with treatments for a long time, is that the most difficult humans and horses to treat are generally hypermobile.
That is, the connective tissue is too soft and has too little collagen. That makes for a loose connective tissue structure, which weakens the body since the fascia is what holds together and stabilizes the body. Even internal organs become soft and permeable.
Many hypermobile people have stomach issues, weak metabolism and are generally fragile in the musculoskeletal system. The relationship may not be fully proven, but many claims to have all of these problems simultaneously, so the relationship is. Hypermobile people (including horses) build up enormous tension in their muscles that give painful tension in the joint, and they often get nerves pinched.
Hypermobility is hereditary and usually one parent and in turn, his or her parent has the one and the same movement. I’m hypermobile, my daughter, father, and grandmother as well. Grandma has replaced many joints and suffered from a herniated disc, lumbago and joint pains throughout her life. She still could still bend and put down her palms on the floor all the way into her eighties. Dad has had regular back pain and tense muscles as long as I can remember and like me, he must stay smooth by constant stretching, movement, and maintenance of muscles. My daughter twists ankles and gets short calf muscles that pull on the Achilles tendon. It starts early, she is ten years old.
One part in feeling better might be to increase collagen deposition in the connective tissue. A natural thing that can help is the dietary supplement MSM – organic sulfur. Read from the can:
MSM is a macro mineral that is an essential component of the proteins collagen and keratin, which builds among other things cartilage, tendons, brain, connective tissue, muscles, and bones.
A further help for painful deep tensions is deep wave treatment that accesses to loosen the completely overworked muscles closest to the joints and spine, which regular manual therapy cannot release.
I have had all variations of clients over the years. Some have become skewed from sitting in a tractor and looking over their shoulder for the whole summer. Others have fallen and stretched a shoulder, or have worked a long time with one-sided tasks and gotten hurt.
Some have a local hypermobility due to injury, and it is something you might have to live with, but my belief is that the body can restore most of the time just to help the little along the way.
What was clear is that those who had pain their whole life, ever since adolescence, those who have been told they have bad posture and should stretch, those who fought on with the training, but got so extremely sore the days after that they have mostly stood still at square one when it comes to strength and fitness – their foundation is hypermobile, in its entire structure.
Those who are not hypermobile are often fine after a few treatments, it is more difficult for those with softer connective tissue.
When I say that most react with “nooo, I am really stiff! I can barely put on socks after all! I was always the tensest in my class “.
That right there IS the sign of soft connective tissue. Where the structure that holds up the whole person, which the skeleton is attached to, which holds together and protects, what we mostly consist of, when it is too loose and soft muscles become stiff. We become exhausted by the usual chores. What a person with normal mobility can work with the whole day makes the hypermobile exhausted after a few hours. Often it is really stubborn people who want to do more than the body can handle and keep working anyway, with the result that the body builds up a high tension in the stabilizing muscles to cope with the task.
The hypermobile get like a “second skeleton” of taut and stiff muscles around the most exposed parts. Those who sit at the counter in the ICA supermarket get a concrete neck. Whoever works on factory floor might suffer compact tension in the hips and calves. Whatever one does, the body will not function as it should, or as you want it to!
Lockups are created when the joint surfaces are pressed together by high muscle tone. The joint surfaces stick together when the joint fluid does not fit. It starts to creak at the joints. They wear out, the joint becomes inflamed, doctors often finds a change in the joints on X-ray in the end, in the worst case joints have to be replaced. If you add a high degree of inflammation the sensitive joints are prone to suffer from osteoarthritis and become worn.
It locks together and hurts. Most learn to “break” their own locks, or go with a chiropractor who can break loose what has locked up. It becomes a bit of a perpetual process. Sometimes it takes an hour after a treatment before a tight neck or lumbar vertebra locks up again.
Most hypermobile individuals have eaten lots of painkillers and/or explored and tried every method and the therapist they can find.
The solution is partly to loosen the deep tensions and the best that I have gotten to try so far deep wave treatment. It goes through the body’s defenses and gently shakes loose the muscles and tissues that have given up long ago.
The second solution is to add collagen and keratin to connective tissue. The best I have tried so far is MSM! Some may experience a too rapid increase of the supplement. One should start with a low dose and slowly get it into the body at a higher and higher dose until the body has found its balance.
If collagen production increases, the connective tissue (fascia) firms and alleviating the problems as close to the original problem I can think it is possible.
Training-wise, it is important to keep going and move with variation, with rest in between. But ideally, avoid very long hours. Muscles need to be maintained but also be allowed to rest and stretch out, to cope up for the weak foundation -fascia.
As long as you are only working with the symptom, it is never sustainable results.tat.