Sunday, February 7, 2010

Double-Jointed?

I want to just clear the air once and for all that there is no such thing as being double jointed. I love it when people or clients say "Oh yeah I have great flexibility because I am double jointed." Really? So, you have a knee joint right next to another knee joint? Or you mean your elbow actually is two elbows close together with an unnamed bone in between them? It's actually kind of funny when you think about. The term double jointed doesn't really make sense unless you have some visible deformities. What people are actually referring to is something known as hypermobility, which is a condition that allows a joint to easily move beyond the normal range of motion for that particular joint. So, next time a friend tells you they are double jointed, tell them they are being silly and they actually have hypermobility in that particular part of their body. It's a great party topic...not.

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