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Ehlers Danlos Syndromes (EDS) affect the connective tissues that support the body such as: skin; tendons; ligaments; blood vessels, internal organs and bones (NHS, 2022).
They’re a collection of “rare inherited conditions” (NHS, 2022) that have a wide range of symptoms. “There are 13 types of EDS, most being rare” with the modal type hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) (NHS, 2022).
There are currently no tests to diagnose or confirm hEDS and your clinical specialist will look at your family history and also conduct a physical examination (NHS, 2022).
Our patented Dynamic Movement Orthoses® provide compression and strategic reinforcement which result in increased postural management and proprioceptive feedback helping EDS patients manage the physical effects of their condition which include:
· Joint hypermobility
· Loose, unstable joints which might easily dislocate
· Painful joints that may click
· Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
· Skin that bruises easily
· Digestive problems
· Increased heart rate and dizziness after standing
· Problems with internal organs, such as mitral valve problems or organ prolapse
· Bladder control problems (NHS, 2022).
Classic EDS (cEDS) is a rarer form of EDS and results in the skin area of the body being most affected. Vascular and Kyphoscoliotic EDS are also listed as rare instances of EDS and more information about these forms of EDS can be found on the NHS website.
NHS (2022). Ehlers Danlos Syndromes. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ehlers-danlos-syndromes/ Date accessed: 21/03/2023
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