So, while we often seek more flexibility, sometimes flexibility is the problem. Take Stella, who is forever hyperextending her tight elbow, when in fact, that elbow moves so far, it kind of makes your stomach queasy to watch. Stella feels tight and sore, but ironically she is actually too flexible.
Stella likes Yoga. In fact, many folks with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) are drawn to yoga or gymnastics because they are “naturals.” Everyone oohs and ahhs at their flexibility. But they may feel like crap after practice. That, in fact, is the definition of a problem with hypermobility: It’s when having too much motion creates symptoms. Like when your achy knee or elbow slips easily into hyperextension, or your back is gumby-like and always super sore.
There are 5 specific tests to see if you fit this category: You get one point if you can do each task with 9 points available. The more hypermobile you are, the higher your score.