/ HELP Double Jointed Climber
I currently climb a couple of times a week at my local indoor, and have been pushing to get my grades up and generally become more accomplished in a range of disciplines. However i am getting very worried that i am worsening the situation of my fingers. Many people at the wall have said i need to stop, or need ridiculous amounts of tape to strap up.
I was hoping someone could shine a light as to whether it could be a potential problem? Sometimes i feel as though its my fingers that are restricting me from moving up through the grades.
I'm not sure if anyone would be able to offer a definitive answer on here as it depends on your specific circumstances?
You could ask these people:
and there are some hints about exercise on there too.
It says not to 'show off' your hypermobility to friends, as this will make it worse.
"It is very important that you are as fit as possible and that your muscles are strong. Moving your joints keeps blood and a liquid called ‘synovial fluid’ moving around your joints. These take nutrients (or food) to your joints and carry away waste. So, if you exercise your joints regularly, they stay healthy. Building up your muscles by exercise helps to keep your joints in the right place and means you are less likely to hurt or to injure yourself.
It is important that you choose the right sort of exercise and that you warm up properly with gentle stretching exercises."
I haven't consulted my GP but i think i am going to take steps to do that. Luckily i suffer no pain from it, only your standard climbing ache after a hard session.
I have contacted the Hypermobility Syndrome Association, in the hope that they could give me a bit of advice.
From what i'm hearing, i get the impression that steady and relaxed training is the way forward. I'm generally not interested in the grade of the climb, just hope i can at some point climb some exposed rock that really gives me a scare!
Thanks Again, and please keep the advice coming!
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