I received this message from a friend today; I hope you share her outrage at the way Hypermobility was misrepresented on this show and let them know about it.
Here's the message:
"Can you forward this to the appropriate people at EDNF?
I think it is very important that our community respond to this segment on the TV show "The Doctors" that aired today.
It featured contortionists and asked the audience to try the Beighton test to see if they are hypermobile.
Here's a quote from "The Doctors" website:
"Assistant director of performance medicine for Cirque du Soleil, Kerry Gordon, explains how contortionists attain their amazing flexibility and strength. Could you be a contortionist?"
Please view the video at:
I am outraged at how they addressed, or rather - did NOT address the medical issues and problems associated with hypermobility. The medical staffer who works with hypermobile performers talks about the Beighton test like it was a novelty and "just for fun"? To top it off, the host (Dr. Travis) summed up the segment with his "take home message"... people should test their flexibility to see if they could have a career as a contortionist... as if they're LUCKY if they pass the test! Yet there was no information to inform people the reasons WHY they might be hypermobile or potential medical problems associated with it!
I understand that this particular TV show is somewhat superficial and mass marketed, but it should be giving accurate information. This could have been an opportunity to HELP people and make them aware that this could be the REASON they are in PAIN! At minimum, they could have given people a warning on WHY they should NOT overstretch if they have hypermobile joints!
Lets join together & flood their message boards with REAL information!"
OK everyone, let them know what living with EDS Hypermobility is really like: