What is Ehlers Danlos Syndrome?
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a condition where the connective tissues in the body do not work correctly. This is a genetic condition which a patient will be born with but very often is not diagnosed to adulthood. Ehlers-Danlos can cause ligaments to be very loose and this means bones are not held in place properly. It can cause dislocations, subluxations and pain throughout the limbs and ribs for example. Patients also suffer with fatigue from being in pain all the time and money struggle to walk because they are not very stable. The joints click and pop a lot and it is generally a debilitating condition. While patients will be aware that there is no cure they are often looking to find ways of relieving some of the symptoms if only for a short while.
The Use of Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape makes a lot of sense for supporting joints that may sublux. Some of the patients have a lot of problems with their hands and fingers, whereas others suffer from rib dislocations and subluxations. It can be particularly useful if you have a day where you know you will spend more time on your feet than is generally comfortable. Whether you use taping methods for the lower back, ribs or arms or legs makes no difference at all; whatever you feel will offer you support is what you need to be trying. Even typing your knuckle joints could be enough to help stop your hands subluxing especially if you have a lot of writing to do or close work that requires manual dexterity. Have a look through the website at the various taping patterns we have suggested for each body type and you should be able to replicate these.
Supporting the body
Kinesiology tape can support the area and make it less prone to funny dislocating which of course becomes a more serious medical issue. Again, most areas of the body can be treated with kinesiology tape. If you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and an area is prone to dislocation or subluxation you may want to try kinesiology tape to see if it will bring you some relief. The gentle support does not stop movement, but it does provide relief from pain and support the muscles and structures around. The only potential concern is that many patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome have particularly easy to damage skin, so it would be worth running a test on a small patch of skin to see if the adhesive in the tape is likely to affect your skin. Have a look through the website at the various taping patterns we have suggested for each body type and you should be able to replicate these.
One of our team members suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and has been using kinesiology sports tape to successfully support various body parts as and when needed.