Finding Relief: Hypermobility Osteopath in Melbourne

Finding Relief Hypermobility Osteopath in Melbourne | Alpha Sports Medicine

Are you or a loved one experiencing the challenges of hypermobility? Living with this condition can be both physically and emotionally taxing, but finding the right support can make all the difference. If you’re in Melbourne, you’re in luck – our team of experienced Osteopaths is here to help you find relief and improve your quality of life.

What is hypermobility?

Hypermobility, also known as hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) or hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), is a condition characterized by joints that move beyond their normal range of motion. Hypermobility can affect multiple joints throughout the body, including the fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. This increased flexibility can lead to joint instability, pain, and a higher risk of injuries such as dislocations and sprains. While there is no cure for hypermobility, the symptoms can be managed with proper care and treatment, and it’s essential to seek guidance from qualified healthcare professionals who understand hypermobility.

What are the causes of hypermobility?

Hypermobility can be caused by various factors, including:

Genetics: Hypermobility often runs in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition.

Connective Tissue Disorders: Conditions such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome are associated with hypermobility due to abnormalities in connective tissue. There are 13 subtypes of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, 12 are considered very rare and have genetic markers for diagnosis. hEDS is considered the most common of the subtypes, but currently has no genetic marker, which means diagnosis is based of presenting symptoms, case history and a process of elimination.

Repetitive Injury: Multiple injuries to a joint can lead to joint hypermobility. For example multiple ankle sprains or shoulder dislocations. 

Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those experienced during puberty, menstruation or pregnancy, can affect joint laxity and contribute to hypermobility.

What are the symptoms of hypermobility?

While hypermobility itself may not always cause symptoms, some individuals may experience:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint instability
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Joint dislocations or subluxations
  • Soft tissue injuries (such as sprains and strains)
  • Scoliosis

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How to manage hypermobility?

Managing hypermobility involves a multi-faceted approach aimed at improving joint stability, reducing pain, and preventing injuries. Some strategies include:

Physical Therapy: A tailored exercise program can help strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints, improving stability and reducing the risk of injury.

Joint Protection: Addressing activities that put excessive strain on the joints can help prevent further problems. Using supportive braces or taping techniques may also provide added stability.

Pain Management: Understanding what causes pain flare-ups and having a tool kit to turn to when pain occurs. This may include pain medication, certain stretches and mobility exercises, muscle activation and magnesium supplements.

Goal Orientated: Hypermobility can be a challenging condition to work with, so setting goals and milestones to work towards can help keep you motivated on your recovery journey.

Why choose an osteopath to manage hypermobility?

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on restoring balance and function to the body. Our Osteopaths at Alpha Sports Medicine Newport, Bacchus Marsh and Maistone are trained to assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions, including hypermobility, using a combination approach of movement analysis,  hands-on therapy and exercise rehab. We look to identify the areas of concern and instability through a series of tests including the Beighton Score and Case History which can help indicate Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. By addressing imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, osteopathy aims to improve stability, alleviate pain and enhance overall well-being.

Benefits of Seeing an Osteopath for Hypermobility

Personalized Treatment: Our osteopaths take the time to understand your unique needs and tailor a treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms and concerns.

Holistic Approach: Osteopathy considers the body as a whole, not just isolated symptoms. By addressing underlying imbalances and dysfunctions, we can help you achieve long-lasting relief and optimal health.

Non-Invasive Techniques: Osteopathic treatment is gentle and non-invasive, making it suitable for individuals of all ages and health conditions. Techniques used for hypermobility include hands on manual therapy, stabilization exercises, postural correction and pain management strategies.

How can ALPHA Sports Medicine help with hypermobility?

At our Melbourne locations, our team of skilled osteopaths and Exercise Physiologists are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals with hypermobility. Whether you’re experiencing joint pain, stiffness, or instability, we’re here to support you on your journey to better health.

During your initial consultation, we’ll conduct a thorough assessment to understand your symptoms, medical history, and goals. From there, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs, incorporating a combination of osteopathic techniques, exercise prescription, and lifestyle advice. Sessions with our Exercise Physiologist can also be beneficial to help return to exercise while managing comorbidities including dysautonomia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

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Don’t let hypermobility hold you back from living your best life. With the right support and treatment plan, you can manage your symptoms effectively and enjoy the best things in life. If you’re in Melbourne and seeking help or guidance with hypermobility, our team of experienced Osteopaths and Exercise Physiologists in Newport, Maidstone, Bacchus Marsh and Maribyrnong are here to help.

To schedule a consultation or learn more about our services, contact us today

Let’s work together to help you find relief and reclaim your health and happiness.

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