TIKTOK is full of weird and wonderful trends.
But one doctor has now urged social media users to stop participating in dangerous ‘flexibility’ videos.
TikTok is full of trends and now people who are hypermobile have been posting videos of their flexibility[/caption]
One TikTok user casually bended her knees back during the clip and said she had never met anyone who could do what she could[/caption]
Dr Fayez Ajib urged TikTokers to stop posting their hypermobility videos online[/caption]
Posting to his followers, one TikTok doctor, Dr Fayez Ajib was shocked at the flexibility of one TikToker.
He was responding to one woman who posted a clip and said: “I’m 20-years-old and I’ve never met anyone who has been able to do this”.
She then sits on a wooden chair before bending her leg all the way up to her side.
The woman is wearing cat socks and is able to show users the front of her socks, due to how much she is able to bend her leg.
She does this with both legs and says: “Look at my cat socks, pretty cool. I can bend both my knees backwards.”
The video then cuts to Dr Ajib who says: “What in joint hypermobility is going on on TikTok? Stop doing that.”
Hypermobility is the term used to describe the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of movement.
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It’s a common syndrome and can be present in just a few joints or could even be widespread.
The condition is most common in women and is frequent in kids and teenagers.
It tends to lessen with age and for some people can be an advantadge.
People with hypermobility usually have extra range of movement, so this could be beneficial to professions such as athletes, gymnasts and dancers.
Hypermobility makes connective tissue more elastic than it should be and it’s this connective tissue that holds us together.
If you’re constantly weakening it then you risk injury as you are putting strain on your tendons.
By pushing past the normal range of flexibility you could experience micro traumas which can lead to dislocation.
Hypermobility means that your joints are more flexible than other people.
If this causes you pain, it could be Joint Hypermobility Syndrome or Hypermobile EDS, which are very similar conditions. Symptoms include:
- Joint hypermobility
- Loose/unstable joints that dislocate easily
- Joint pain/clicking joints
- Extreme tiredness/fatigue
- Skin that bruises easily
- Digestive problems like heartburn and constipation
- Dizziness or an increased heart rate after standing up
- Problems with internal organs
- Problems with bladder control
Continuously pushing your joints past what is a normal range can lead to injury[/caption]
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