The test was a test for hypermobility, If you scored low on the test, it means that you are unlikely to be hypermobile. The test simply checks the motion of certain joints but not all joints. It doesn’t look at the shoulders, the cervical spine, the jaw etc. You can have some joints that are more mobile than others. The test is simply an indication of hypermobile joints. If you scored a '0' with the little fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees that is fine, it means those joints are not hypermobile. It is the last test that interests me the most.
If you were doing the hypermobility test and got nowhere near the ground on the forward bend, I would suggest it is something you need to work on. You would expect children to be reasonably flexible but I have seen many kids who are extremely inflexible. It is not just an ‘age thing’. To me this is a bit scary, if children are this stiff at a young age, what will they be like when they are older?
With the amount of sitting people do these days, we often get tight hamstrings, lower back, mid back, hips, hip flexors etc etc. These can all cause a reduced forward bend. You need to ask yourself:
- What is stopping you from comfortably bending forward and getting close to the ground?
- Is it tight hamstrings?
- Is it a locked up back?
- Are you hips too tight?
- Is your balance not good enough?
- Do you not have the stability to do the motion easily?
- Do you have degeneration of joints restricting full movement?
If you have restriction with a simple forward bend and want to improve it, you can call me or your spinal health professional to have it assessed and get started on your road to better mobility. The best time to start is now.
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