If you’re dealing with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), your path to strength and stability may seem like a difficult mountain to climb. For some, it feels like an impossible feat. The good news is that with breakthroughs in studying EDS and advances in physical therapy, strength and stability are more attainable than ever before. Your safe and effective path to strength and stability is as simple as a program of personalized exercises for EDS.
We now know that exercise makes a huge difference in managing EDS symptoms. Specialized exercises improve the signals between the brain and muscles. This corrects movement and reduces compensation that could be causing pain or injury. The key to safe and effective results is to work with a physical therapist who specializes in EDS and values progressive success.
Anyone living with EDS, or any chronic pain condition, hopes for a good recovery program. They want to find one that is easy and, maybe more importantly, treats their pain quickly. The problem with a “one-size-fits-all” exercise approach is that it doesn’t consider the individual’s specific EDS type or physical ability. Some programs sacrifice quality for speed. It is tempting to want a quick fix but these protocols can make symptoms worse and even increase the risk of injury. When you work with a physical therapist that understands EDS your path to strength and stability will involve less trauma to the joints, tissues and vital organs.
What to Expect with Your Personalized EDS Exercises
It’s so important to have a “slow and steady wins the race” mentality with your specialized physical therapy program. The brain takes about 10 to 14 days to learn something new. We can then apply that growth to the next skill. This is how we safely build a foundation for strength and stability. Taking the time to master the right form and technique is the way to achieve lasting results in your path to strength and stability.
A PT will work with you on to teach correct biomechanics and functionality. You will gain strength and stability using small exercises that gradually become more challenging over time. A specialized physical therapist will know how long you need to practice each movement before safely advancing in your plan. The key is to break old habits, process good movements, and reduce compensation. The result? A safe and long lasting path to strength and stability.
All exercises should only be performed under the supervision of your PT.
Parr PT is one of the leading physical therapy practices to specialize in EDS. We offer personalized exercise programs for EDS, POTS, and Dysautonomia. To learn more about our physical therapy programs, both locally and out of town, please contact us directly.