What do do about clunks in loose joints
Recently a few people have asked me about clunks and instability in their joints.
The people described themselves as hypermobile.
Joints can crack and ‘clunk’ for a number of reasons. This video examines these clunks in more mobile people.
Anatomically, extra mobility comes from extra space in the joint. This greater space permits more mobility before the bones get to a position of compression - pressing against each other to limit further movement.
The space, or distance between individual bones is held by fascial components. Ligaments and the joint capsule are considered part of the fascia system.
Extra mobility in a joint stems from either more space or greater mobility in the fascia itself. This mobility can be the result of less tone on the tissues. This is sometimes called ligament laxaty.
If you find yourself to be someone with more mobile joints, this doesn’t mean you have a problem with your joints.
The solution or help lies in the modern understanding of fascia continuity. Muscles on one side of the joint are continuous through the fascia component with the joint capsule and the ligaments and also, further along, with muscles on the other side of the joint.
Muscle engagement on the sides of the joint, will increase fascia tone of the ligaments and joints capsule to support the joint better.
Learn to engage the muscles above and below the joint you find unstable, where you might be experiencing clunks, and you have greater stability.
Once a joint is stable it is less likely to clunk and move around uncontrolled.
Find out more about joint stability in the AnatomyShow courses on Fascia, Joints & Muscles or the body region specific courses.
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