How many of us wish that we were just that little bit more flexible?
It would certainly make scratching that itch which is always just out of our reach all the more easier. But for some people the concept of flexibility is in the extreme. These people are hypermobile.
Recently Hypermobility Syndrome has been deemed to be the same as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III.
The cause of this disorder can be any of the following: misaligned joints, bones which are not the right shape at joints, connective tissue defects or abnormal joint proprioception.
The disorder is diagnosed via the Brighton criteria and the Beighton score. These tests are scaled and test the flexibilty of joints.
Although this sounds like an extrememly useful syndrome to have, it is infact painful and many sufferers miss out on many sports in life or suffer great pain in doing things which we take for granted like walking.
Though flexibility can be a great gift for dancers and gynamasts; for some people it is a burden. A double-edged sword if you will.