How Eccentric Training Improves Stability in EDS and Hypermobility

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Ever wonder how eccentric training improves stability in EDS and hypermobility? At PARR PT, we specialize in providing tailored physical therapy solutions for chronic illnesses, including EDS. Let’s explore how eccentric training can be a game-changer for improving mobility, stability, and overall quality of life for those with hypermobility.

Understanding Eccentric Training

Eccentric training focuses on lengthening the muscles under tension, rather than contracting them. Examples of eccentric exercises include lowering a weight slowly during a bicep curl, descending slowly during a squat, or lowering oneself slowly during a pull-up. It’s a key component of resistance training that emphasizes controlled movement during the muscle-lengthening phase. For individuals with hypermobility, eccentric training offers a unique advantage by strengthening muscles without putting excessive stress on already lax ligaments and joints.

Benefits for Hypermobile Patients

Eccentric training provides a myriad of benefits for those with hypermobility including:

    • Improved Joint Stability: By strengthening the muscles surrounding hypermobile joints, eccentric training enhances stability and reduces the risk of subluxations and dislocations.
    • Enhanced Muscle Control: Hypermobile individuals often struggle with muscle weakness and poor proprioception. Eccentric training helps improve muscle coordination and control, promoting better joint alignment and function.
    • Injury Prevention: Weakness and instability are common challenges for those with hypermobility. Eccentric training targets these areas, helping to prevent injuries and improve overall resilience.
    • Functional Mobility: Building strength through eccentric training translates to better functional mobility in daily activities, such as walking, lifting, and reaching, allowing individuals to navigate their environment with greater ease and confidence.

Concentric vs. Isometric

Eccentric movements involve the lengthening of a muscle while it is under tension, whereas concentric movements involve the shortening of a muscle as it contracts. In eccentric training, the emphasis is on controlling the movement as the muscle elongates, rather than contracting it.

Isometric training involves maintaining a static position without any change in muscle length. Unlike eccentric training, which focuses on controlling movement during the muscle lengthening phase, isometric training emphasizes holding a specific position to target muscle activation and endurance.

Overall, eccentric training offers a unique and effective approach to improving strength, muscle hypertrophy, and tendon health, making it a valuable tool in resistance training programs for athletes, hypermobile patients, and individuals undergoing rehabilitation.

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Next Steps

At PARR PT, we understand the unique needs of individuals with EDS and hypermobility. Our expert physical therapists utilize evidence-based approaches to tailor treatment plans to each patient’s specific goals and limitations. Our team is here to support you at every stage, whether your goals are pain alleviation, increased mobility, or improved functional abilities.

Ready to experience the transformative benefits of eccentric training for yourself? Visit our website for more information, tips, and resources on managing EDS and hypermobility. Fill out this form today to receive more info about an exercise and treatment program designed specifically for you.

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