Functional flexibility is the power of each skeletal part of the body to float through the range of motions that the joints and hinges were designed to function without limitation but with ease. People have mistaken some activities or motions to be functional flexibility exercise.

Yoga enthusiasts are performs contortion and over-stretching the tendons across the joints or hyper-loosening specific joints. Though the contortion steps of yoga bring some benefits to yogis, serious injury on a structure (joint or muscle) can also be linked to it.

Experts in functional flexibility exercise stressed out that conventional stretching is not considered a functional flexibility exercise. Further, most people who over-stretch develops injury instead of flexibility. This may be because people who stretch do it without fully feeling its essence and actually enjoying it.

To overstretch is an act of abuse to the body, as it is exposed to one-sided and repetitious exercise. Focusing and concentrating on one act of exercise, that is, to overstretch, the body is trained to ignore the other natural movements through the joints and hinges. This act of neglecting the body’s range of motion for quite some time can lead to a reduction in mobility. Over time, the body loses its ability to permit movement of the bones. This is not hard to notice as the person feels pain in moving, which compels her/him to restrict further his/her actions.

To overstretch the tendons and hyper-loosen the joints by extreme contortion is not a requirement in attaining functional flexibility. In fact, overstretching should be avoided as it can only lead the person to serious injury.

Ballet dancing also involves stretching and sometimes, ballet dancers overstretch their joints or hinges to achieve the equilibrium that they seek. While ballet is an excellent hobby, sports or indulgence, one does not need to overstretch a joint, bone or ligament for the sake of functional flexibility.