Have you ever had a friend whose party trick is to bend their thumb to their wrist, or contort a limb into a position that’s just wrong (and a bit gross)?
Well, I’ve always been that person.
Most of my life I’ve been told I’m “double jointed”, without even knowing what that meant, other than that I’m really flexible.
Turns out, there’s a clinical definition for being too flexible — generalised joint hypermobility (GJH). So much clearer, right?
Hypermobility is both a genetic and acquired condition that affects the body’s connective tissue, making it much more elastic than it should be.
This can be a problem because connective tissue is the stuff that holds us together.
It’s in your organs, skin, muscles, blood vessels – pretty much everywhere. And it surrounds your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.