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Children with hypermobility joints have too much movement in the joints. This can occur with just a couple of joints or all joints. A joint is the place on the body where two bones meet. All joints have a cavity containing a small amount of fluid which allows movement to happen. The attached tendons, muscles, ligaments and joint capsule hold the joint in its correct position. Looseness of these supporting structures allows a joint to have extra movement.
To illustrate how a joint works, think of a door hinge and a door stop. The hinge is like the joint and the door stop prevents the door from swinging too far and damaging the wall. Likewise a joint with supporting structures that are too loose or stretched will allow extra movement past the normal range of motion.
Generalised joint hypermobility affects each individual differently. For some individuals there is no impact from having hypermobile joints and for others they may experience some of the symptoms described below. It is important to note that these symptoms may only be mildly experienced by some and more significantly by others.
Not all children will need to implement any/all of these strategies. Implement strategies based upon what you observe your child to require. You do not have to make all of these changes at once. By gradually incorporating some of these methods into day-to-day activities improvements can be achieved in relation to any fatigue or discomfort.