EDS | Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Specialized Physical Therapy for EDS & Hypermobility Conditions

About Austin Physical Therapy Treatments for EDS

EDS stands for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and is a common complex condition that is not known by most clinicians. Most individuals with EDS are put into a “protocol” category with other conditions unrelated to the presentation of EDS symptoms. This results in compromised progress and high risk of injury.

Have you been told that you can only do 1 day a week for physical therapy because of your condition? Whether your situation is home bound or not working, physical therapy services is necessary the begin regulatory your system to help you get over the hump faster and safer.

At Parr PT, you’ll work with kind and patient therapists who are EDS experts and fully understand this condition including secondary diagnosis’. Some include: mast cell activation disorder, Chiari malformation, chronic fatigue syndrome, mitral valve prolapse, and POTS. Each person is a “Zebra” (individualized or one of a kind) so each program is uniquely designed and customized. No “protocol” and no one gets the same program. Contact us today to schedule a FREE phone consultation or an in-person evaluation in Austin or Houston.

Our experience of over 10 years of medical graded exercise programs allow for safe and effective exercise routines that consider heart conditions, autonomic dysfunction, and autoimmune conditions. We understand the most EDS clients are fearful of doing exercises due to easy bruising, fatigue, previous dislocations, or other medical related issues. You’ll need one of our more thorough assessments that includes:

  • Whole body system assessment
  • Autonomic regulation assessment
  • Vestibular system assessment
  • GI Assessment
  • Myokinesthetics Postural Assessment
  • Functional Movement Screening

Our specialized therapy includes a series of autonomic physical therapy methods that begin to normalize the body’s response to activity and day to day tasks. Specific gut physical therapy that includes hands on techniques, nerve balancing, and spinal alignment to improve and normalize pain and function. Advanced body awareness training also reduces the risk of recurrent injuries, stress on joints, and strain on muscles. We also address the mental stress component related to not being able work, go to school or do the things you love. We want to provide you with all the tools necessary for a more active and healthy lifestyle.

In the following section, you’ll learn about our innovative physical therapy recovery program.  The Parr PT Method or the 3-systems approach, provides optimal performance, ideal movement patterns, and recovery.

 Parr PT Method for EDS, Dysautonomia & POTS using a distinct 5-phase approach:

  1. Autonomic Regulation: Regulating the body’s vital system by improving posture, reducing stress, and improving appropriate responses of vital functioning
  2. Body Awareness: Providing the right stimulus to allow eyes, head, and body to adapt to normal and variable environment. Focus is providing the right environmental awareness and reactions with less pain, strain, or compensation.
  3. Stability: Beginning to focus on the small muscles responsible for big movements. These muscles are the missing link in performance and recovery. Effectively targeting the right stabilizers reduce hypermobility and other faulty movement patterns.
  4. Strength: Once that the body is stable, time to transition to functional and progressive strengthening for higher level activities and performance. This phase continues the process of stabilizing joints and building strength specific to your functional needs.
  5. Endurance: As soon as the body is both strong and stable,  the body requires further training to tolerate longer bouts of activities. This training begins to improve extended activity  tolerance while minimizing risk for compensation, strain, or pain.

This method allows for safer, more efficient, and more effective progress with longer-lasting results.

POTS | Postural-Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome, also known as “POTS”, is a condition that is becoming more prevalent throughout the US. POTS  affects the blood flow throughout the body primarily when transitioning to upright or standing positions. This can be tricky for someone trying to exercise because if done incorrectly, it can result in dizziness, rapid heart rate and even fainting.

At Parr PT  we have over 10 years of experience in exercise physiology creating safe and effective exercise programs for various conditions. We specialize in how to appropriately moderate exercise intensity and position a person based on the severity of symptoms. This has lead to improvements in endurance with day to day activities, exercise tolerance, and peak performance. 

Not only is physical therapy is necessary to improve circulation through exercise, but specific hands on treatments required for the regulation of the  “Fight or Flight” system. Physical therapy methods include myokinesthetics  MPS Dolphin system, and  manual therapy that further provide longer lasting results.

Dysautonomia

Dysautonomia, known as a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, causes many problems related to our vital functioning. Many people do not know how to approach this condition due to it’s complexity. Whether its extreme dizziness, severe constipation, or exercises intolerance, physical therapy is key. Specialized physical therapy treatments and programs can provide a stronger foundation required for optimal healing and recovery.  

Our progressive or “slower” approach allows to body to get used to new stimulus without sending it into over drive.  Using a 5 step plan, we target multiple systems responsible for reducing stress in your body and improving the body awareness. This reconnection allows the body to begin to accept new information and apply to daily tasks without the “flight or fight” response.

Regulating the autonomic system is the foundation prior to your body functioning properly. Once the autonomic system is regulated, compensation reduces resulting in significant improvement with chronic pain and fatigue.

With specialized physical therapy techniques that includes Myokinesthetics, vestibular training, and medical graded exercise programs, we are able to address the body as a whole and begin the slow progression towards longer lasting results.