EDS | Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) , a genetic connective tissue disorder, that affects multiple systems throughout the body. Systems include balance, awareness, blood pressure, heart rate, and much more. Due to also causing hypermobility in the joints, chronic pain and recurrent injuries are prevalent. There are 13 different types of EDS that are accompanied by numerous secondary dysfunctions. Those dysfunctions include: POTS, chronic fatigue, and bowel disorders. Understanding your type, will be important prior to beginning physical therapy.

Physical therapy specific to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome can reduce pain, improve stability, and overall quality of life. Since each person is different, often known as a Zebra, treatments and programs will vary.  A physical therapist can determine which body systems are contributing to the dysfunction using the “3-systems” approach. This approach includes regulating the autonomic system, vestibular system, and GI system. Once the problem areas has been determined, a physical therapist can create a specialized program. This program will begin building a foundation necessary for reducing stress and maximizing recovery. Also, the addition of manual therapy and nerve techniques will compliment the specialized program required for longer lasting results.

3 Systems Vital to Your Health | Top 5 Things You Need to Know about EDS

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If you suffer from anxiety, stress, or often feel that you’re in a state of fight or flight, you are not alone! This happens when at least 1 of the 3 systems vital to your health is not working like it should. You have almost certainly experienced this if you have EDS or other chronic …

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How to Reduce Joint Pain with EDS by Improving Body Awareness

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Learning how to reduce joint pain with EDS by improving body awareness can be tricky.  There are 3 systems that play a major role in this process. The most common joint pain areas related to EDS are low back, neck, shoulder, and knee. If you have at least 2 of these 4 common pain sites, you may …

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Breathing Techniques for EDS to Improve POTS and Chronic Fatigue

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There are various breathing techniques to for EDS to improve POTS and chronic fatigue. Do you get winded just walking to get the mail or walking to the kitchen? We often wonder why exercise or day-to-day activities are so challenging. So the real questions is, have you considered whether or not you are breathing the right way? Most people tend to breathe …

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