General Dance Discussion > Any hope for my stoopid hyperextended knees??

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Bunny, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. Bunny

    Bunny New Member


    heya guys...arghhh i have dumbass hyperextended knees which totally throw me off when im stretching...does anyone else have them?? And how do you get past them when stretching??

  2. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Nice photos. No idea how to fix it. :( But nice photos, nonetheless. :? 8)
  3. Bunny

    Bunny New Member

    bahaah thanks...i think they're schocking :cry:
  4. standardgirl

    standardgirl New Member

    honestly....they look better than mine.....
    I have a LOT of hyper extension in my knees.
    I stop figure skating partly because of t a lower back injury, but also because of the added pressure on my knees.
    I stop dancing latin for lot's of reasons, and one of them being my hyper entended knees. I tend to hyper extend my knees to creat the straight legs for latin, and that's just really bad for my knees.

    I don't know how to fix it, but my doctor told me that I would need muscles at some other places to help prevent me from hyper extending the knees. But I don't think this would help your stretching problem.

    In my life, with the hyper extended knees, I will most likely never be able to do a middle split. But I am only abot an inch or so to a leg split on my better side (not the middle).

    What stretching problems do you have?
    When I skated and had ballet, my teacher always told me to bend my knees when I stretch so that I can stretch the muscles not the back of the knees.
  5. Bunny

    Bunny New Member

    my scissor and side splits are fine but i find it when i work on my extensions eg. leg hold, that i can get it about shoulder height and then i wont any further because the hypermobilty kicks in and i cant get my leg higher :?

    i find its actually not a problem with latin....rumba especially i find sometimes it creates a nicer line with some moves
  6. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

  7. dancemom

    dancemom New Member

    well angel, my daughter, dosen't have hyper extended knees, she does have hyper extended elbows and has to be aware of them in certain arm positions or they can look a little funny.
  8. Laura

    Laura New Member

    My "movement" teacher was commenting on a friend of mine's hyperextended knees and said she could help someone like that learn to re-balance their legs via stretching the hamstrings, strengthening the quadriceps, and having them re-learn what feels "normal" and properly aligned. So I think it can be helped, provided you get the right kind of physical therapy work for it. My teacher is certified as a Pilates instructor but she also draws on a lot of other body work/awareness methods, especially Feldenkrais. If you can find the right teacher for you, you might be able with work to re-train and re-balance yourself to not automatically go for the hyperextension.
  9. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo New Member

    Or try Rolfing, maybe?
  10. Backstreet

    Backstreet New Member

    What exactly is hyper extended knees? Looking at the pictures I see nothing wrong.
  11. Bunny

    Bunny New Member

  12. HF

    HF New Member

    Did you consult a specialist to find out which of the reasons applies to you? Probably there would be different approaches then.
  13. redhead

    redhead New Member

    I wish I had knees like that... good for Latin
  14. SalseraLaura

    SalseraLaura New Member

    i have hyperextension of the knees elbows hips and spine. Sometimes my hip can kinda pop out and be painful when im dancing, its not something ive really thought about with regards to dancing, sometimes its helped out when a lead makes a mistake in a turn combo and my arm ends up bent the wrong way...i think if i didnt have these elbows i may have been hurt badly before.

    The spinal hyperextension is annoying because it makes my belly look like its sticking out and ive tried doing pelvic tilts to strengthen my stomach muscles to pull forward and hold. I never thought about it but i do have problems with doing leg stretching and it is prbably to do with it
  15. melly742

    melly742 New Member

    >>>she does have hyper extended elbows and has to be aware of them in certain arm positions or they can look a little funny

    I have these and I dont know how I got them, haven't done that much dance but have done some karate. Its nice to know there is a name for them!!
  16. Kuriin

    Kuriin New Member

    Some form of hyperextension is typical in dance, especially ballet. You have to know your limits, a balance inbetween before you straighten them too far, and straighten them just right.

    It's hard, I know. I am bow-legged, and I am trying to keep my legs straight (even though most of the time, they are) -- stupid knees!
  17. standardgirl

    standardgirl New Member

    Just want to share this, I just got this information today from a decent ballet teacher in broadway.

    "Having hyperextended knees is a GIFT, it just takes a little more time to learn to use them."

    She has hyperextended knees as well, and she showed my some streches that I can do. It was wonderful! I have spent hundreds of dollars before going to sports medicine at some nationally known hospital, and those people are just not helpful. I got the best information I have ever had today!

    I would suggest you find a fellow dancer in your area who has experienced the same problem. He/she might be able to help.

    I also learned that I need "rebalance" myself, like where to put my weight, spine, etc so that I can "use" my hyperextended knees. :D
  18. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Neat. GReat that you are on a positive track. :)
  19. Bunny

    Bunny New Member

    murrrrrr my friggin right knee kills....someone...i'll swap you?? anyone??

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