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When flexibility goes wrong

This post from the New York Times Sunday Review reveals a little secret that physical therapists have known for a long time: that being too flexible can be about as bad as being too tight – especially when you’re pushing your body to the limits in an activity like yoga.

While people who are too tight can benefit from stretching exercises and taking up yoga, it is important that hypermobile (overly flexible) people do strengthening exercises to counterbalance their elasticity.  It’s not “tightening up” per se, but it can help to prevent painful accidents and damage to joints.

If you fall into that stretchy and elastic category, consider consulting a physical therapist for exercises tailored to your body.  In the meantime, take a look at the original post from the New York Times here.

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