Physical Therapy for EDS: Warning

Physical Therapy can damage our already defective connective tissues, so it is best to find a therapist who has experience with Hypermobility and/or Connective Tissue Disorders.

Such therapists are very rare, so it’s best you learn about the potential dangers yourself before you start with a therapist. Be prepared to say “no” to some of their recommendations.

Here are some articles on physical therapy and exercises from EDNF:

Physical Therapy: Restorative Rehabilitation Based on Holistic Whole-body Approach
http://ednf.org/sites/default/files/Jonathan%20Parr.pdf

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Physical Therapy, and Exercise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU5KGVy6JeQ&feature=youtu.be

How Physical Therapy Can Decrease Your Pain While Living With EDS
http://ednf.org/sites/default/files/Muldowney.pdf

Achieving Successful Outcomes in Physical Therapy
http://ednf.org/sites/default/files/Zonarich.pdf

Intelligent Exercise – How You Can Take Control With EDS
http://ednf.org/intelligent-exercise-%E2%80%93-how-you-can-take-control-eds

Hypermobility: Getting Healthy,Improving Function & Strength
http://www.ednf.org/images/2012Conference/Handouts/Riddle_hypermobility_pre sentation_2slidesS.pdf

Aquatic Exercise: Benefits and Principles for the EDS Population
http://www.ednf.org/images/2012Conference/Handouts/Zonarich_Aquatic_Exercis e_2012_3notesS.pdf

Pilates: What Can It Offer the EDS Patient?
http://ednf.org/sites/default/files/Seamon_EDNF_Pilates_Presentation_1notes S.pdf

Women: Understanding, Preventing, and Managing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
http://www.ednf.org/images/2012Conference/Handouts/Zonarich_PFD_2012_3notes S.pdf

From the newsletter “Loose Connections” in the article “Pain and Managing Pain from an EDS Patient’s View” starting on page 11, he discusses Physical Therapy in particular starting on page 13:
http://www.ednf.org/sites/default/files/loose-connections/LooseConnections_ 2012_Spring_rev.pdf

And here’s a thread on the Inspire.com support forum:
http://www.inspire.com/groups/ehlers-danlos-national-foundation/discussion/ physical-therapy-dos-and-donts-in-eds/

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