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Pilates for Hypermobility 

Hypermobility is a common condition. It's main hallmark is excessive movement around the joints which gives the appearance of being more flexible.  Sometimes the condition can lead to pain or injury (sprains & strain) to muscles because the muscles have to work overtime to stabilise and support the joints. This is usually done in an inefficient way, meaning the wrong muscles start to grip and can be hard to let go. There are also a couple of more visible signs – the most obvious include elbows and knees which look as though they bend backwards and a general lack of joint control/co-ordination.

Pilates can greatly benefit hypermobile clients and helps to increase the strength of the body’s stabilising muscles, the ones which lie deep inside the body and surround various joints such as the shoulders, the pelvis and the spine. As these muscles get stronger, they start to offload the joints by providing more support. Over time, better control of movement and improved joint support leads to more normalised movement. Pilates helps to release the muscles which tend to work overtime and teach the right ones to activate.

If you have been diagnosed as hypermobile by a physiotherapist or suspect you may have it, and are new to Pilates, it’s recommended you come in for a series of 1:1 sessions with an instructor for a full assessment and a tailored programme before joining classes. “








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