When you imagine someone who is hypermobile, what comes to mind? Do you think of a contortionist whose hypermobile joints can bend in ways unimaginable? Or what about the people who can pull their finger back all the way to their wrist?
While both of those examples are of people with hypermobile tendencies, it does not mean that they are immune to joint pain and health issues. In fact, many people with increased flexibility tend to run into a lot of health issues, including digestive disorders.
What Causes Someone to Be Hypermobile
Many cases of hypermobility can be traced back through the lineage to other ancestors who had it as well. It is pretty rare to find someone who is the first generation of hypermobility. If this is the case, then that typically means the genes were recessive through many generations.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a rare form of hypermobility that causes nearly everything in the body to be extra flexible. This includes bones, joints, skin, and other tissues.
Sara Russell is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who is known to take on complicated cases in her practice. She is a hypermobile person, and has gone through much of the emotional and physical complications that is associated with this condition. In this episode we talk about:
»The different types of hypermobility and how it impacts different people
»Some common health issues related to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
»How to emotionally get through life when dealing with complicated health problems
»Ways to support your digestive system to properly break down food
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- [3:00] What is your background and what have you gone through in your own life with hypermobility
- [6:30] Is your desire to study complex issues in people stemming from having hypermobile joints yourself
- [9:00] What is hypermobility and what percent of people have it
- [13:00] Is hypermobility a trait that is passed through the lineage, and if so, do you then take a look at the entire family history
- [18:45] Can you use a DNA test like 23andme to see if there is a genetic predisposition for hypermobility
- [25:00] What are some of the health issues that are common in the hypermobile population
- [26:30] Gastroenterologists tend to understand Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome pretty well
- [39:45] When hypermobile joints dislocate, does this hurt
- [42:45] There is a lot going on for hypermobile people, both physically and emotionally, so how do you help someone work through these areas of their life
- [57:30] What are your final thoughts on how to improve the health of those with complicated cases
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