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Ehlors-Danlos



You know it is important to be easy and go with the flow. I often recommend that my patients remain loose and stretch and improve flexibility with daily stretching. However, there are some people who may be just a little too flexible and yes there is such a thing as too flexible.


Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a disease that weakens the connective tissues of your body. These are things like tendons and ligaments that hold parts of your body together. It also can weaken blood vessels and organs. EDS disrupts the integrity of connective tissues in the body that normally support the skin, bones and blood vessels, as well as many muscles. EDS can make your joints loose and your skin thin and easily bruised.


The condition may range from mildly bothersome to potentially life-threatening. Although the syndrome manifests differently in different people, many patients with EDS display a large range of joint movement, known as hypermobility, poor muscle tone, and loose, velvety skin prone to bruising and scarring.


Common signs you may have Ehlers-Danlos?

Loose joints.

Highly elastic, velvety skin.

Fragile skin.

Skin that bruises easily.

Redundant skin folds on the eyes.

Muscle pain.

Muscle fatigue.

Benign growths on pressure areas, like elbows and knees.

Heart valve problems.

Chronic degenerative joint disease.

Premature osteoarthritis.

Chronic pain.

Fragile blood vessels.

Thin skin.

Transparent skin.

Thin nose.

Protruding eyes.

Thin lips.

Sunken cheeks.

Small chin.

Collapsed lung.

Heart valve problems.


Physicians recommend that patients with EDS avoid contact sports, weightlifting and other physical activities that could place those individuals at risk of injury, particularly to the joints. Exercises like walking, swimming, doing tai chi and using a stationary bike are good options for staying active while minimising stress on the body. Depending on symptom severity, doctors may recommend that patients stay away from difficult to chew foods, as these may injure the jaw, and playing musical instruments that may put strain on the lungs, such as reeded wind or brass instruments.

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