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My clinical observation of hyper-mobility with Hashimoto’s with Dr Emily Kiberd

by | Sep 29, 2022 | Podcast

Episode Summary

From my clinical observations, I’ve noticed an element of hyper-mobility in my autoimmune ladies, especially those with Hashimoto’s. Adding weight training into their routines has shown signs of improving joint integrity. Listen in to hear my approach to reducing hyper-mobility in my patients with Hashimoto’s. 

Key Takeaways 

A lot of women come to Thyroid Strong because they want to safely introduce strength training into their routine and build muscle. One of the added bonuses is that strength training creates a more stable base and helps heal joint laxity. I know it will feel challenging at first to let go of massage therapy, foam rolling, and yoga, but if you replace it with resistance and strength training for six weeks, I’ve seen my Hashi ladies experience amazing mobility progress. 

Identifying hyper-mobility
As a chiropractor, I look at what’s not moving enough and what’s moving too much. We test the flexibility of the joints using the Beighton score, which checks 10 different points in the body and it grades it from a mild to severe. We look at their knees, elbows, and fingers through simple screening tests like forward bending. 

Starting to reduce hyper-mobility 

For patients I’ve seen who only walk, once they start to add resistance training, they actually feel better when they’re walking because they have more muscle on the bone and joint integrity. They actually feel more grounded and stronger in their body. By integrating 20 to 30 minute kettlebell strength routines three times a week, it helps build the muscle mass that’s needed to slow down the progression of joint laxity. 

In This Episode 

Emily talks about the trend in hyper-mobility that she’s noticed at the clinic. [ 0:56 ]

Emily explains how professionals screen for hyper-mobility. [ 4:48 ]

Emily shares how to start reining in hyper-mobility. [ 6:38 ]

Emily says, “If there’s one thing I recommend, it’s to dial back the desire for more mobility and start to create stability.” [ 9:41 ]


“If a joint is moving too much, you want to actually create stability and rein in that movement instead of adding more movement.” [2:21]

“I don’t want someone to be triggering their autoimmune symptoms, but I also want someone to be able to feel strong and stable in their body, especially if they struggle with that hyper-mobility component.” [4:01]

“When integrating resistance training and strength training, I typically start with kettlebells because they are very forgiving when you’re first learning.”  [7:44]

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Topics Covered:

  • What hyper-mobility looks like 
  • My observations about the possible link between Hashimoto’s and hyper-mobility 
  • Signs of joint laxity 
  • Why strength training is so important for reducing hyper-mobility 
  • My approach to integrating weight training into your routine 

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