Can You Stretch Too Much?

by | Mar 6, 2020 | Stretching | 0 comments

Can You Stretch Too Much

Is it possible to stretch any way we want? And can you stretch too much?

Some people can stretch their fingers to unbelievable lengths and are saying that they can stretch any way they want. However, joints for all of Us are the same.

If someone is telling You that he can stretch and bend any way He or She wants, it makes us think that they have more joints and therefore are more elastic.

However, from the anatomic perspective it’s almost impossible, with few exceptions.

The Truth

For most people joints – the place where 2 bones are being connected are same for all of Us. 

People with high elasticity have hyper-mobility syndrome – They can move bone joints without any pain, unlike rest of Us.

Elasticity are not associated with bones, but rather with soft cells, which are near the joints. Most joints are surrounded by links that connect bones, and tendons who are attached to bones by help of muscles.

All humans have equal joint amplitude, but ability to bend defines links (bonds) and tendons.

Human body has different types of joints starting with motionless, that are inside the skull to move which are called – multi-axis joints.

Most flexible multi-axis joints are spherical joints, which match other bone pit. Such joints are inside shoulders and hips, therefore we can move arms and legs in such high amplitude.

Movement amplitude can be affected by joint form. Some people who are born with hyper-mobility syndrome spherical joints are shallow, therefore bone who have spherical tip can be moved without much struggle.

The more shallow pit, the looser movement. Some cases bone with spherical tip can be partially removed from joint  – this is how people with hyper-mobility can remove shoulder from the socket. It’s a cool party trick but shouldn’t be tried by anyone.

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