Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of rare genetic disorders that affect the connective tissues in the body. Individuals with EDS often experience hypermobility of joints, skin fragility, and chronic pain, among other symptoms.
While there is no cure for EDS, traditional medical approaches such as physical therapy and pain management are often used for symptom relief.
However, an increasing number of people with EDS are turning to complementary therapies to enhance their overall well-being and manage their condition more effectively. In this blog post, we will explore complementary therapies, with a special focus on QiGong training.
Complementary therapies, also known as alternative or integrative therapies, are approaches that are used alongside conventional medical treatments to address the holistic needs of individuals with EDS. These therapies aim to alleviate symptoms, improve quality of life, and enhance overall well-being.
QiGong is an ancient Chinese practice that focuses on balancing the body’s vital energy or Qi through controlled movements, deep breathing, and meditation. For individuals with EDS, QiGong offers a gentle and holistic approach to managing their condition.
Regular QiGong practice can help improve joint stability, enhance flexibility, and reduce chronic pain. The slow, flowing movements can be tailored to the individual’s capabilities, making it accessible for people with varying degrees of EDS severity. QiGong also promotes relaxation and stress reduction, which can be particularly beneficial for EDS patients who often experience heightened stress due to their condition.
- QiGong emphasises slow, gentle movements that encourage improved joint stability. For individuals with EDS, who often experience joint hypermobility, this could be particularly beneficial.
- QiGong can help strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints, reducing the risk of subluxations or dislocations.
- Many people with EDS experience chronic pain due to joint instability and connective tissue fragility. QiGong’s gentle movements and deep breathing techniques may help alleviate pain by promoting relaxation, reducing muscle tension, and improving circulation.
- QiGong promotes flexibility without overstretching. This can be especially important for EDS patients, as excessive stretching can exacerbate joint problems. QiGong also enhances body and strength awareness, helping individuals with EDS become more attuned to their physical limitations and reduce the risk of injury.
- QiGong incorporates mindfulness and relaxation techniques that can reduce stress and anxiety, improving the overall well-being of individuals with EDS.
- EDS can affect posture due to joint instability. QiGong places emphasis on proper body alignment and posture, which can help individuals with EDS maintain better spinal alignment and reduce the risk of developing secondary musculoskeletal issues.
Get in touch with us at Acubody to learn more about QiGong training and the benefits it could offer.