Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes

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Eloise Stager has spent several years researching, practicing and implementing CranioSacral Therapy techniques to specifically address the unique qualities of people with EDS. Each session and treatment is tailored to the specific need of the client at the time of the appointment. Due to its effect on the central nervous system, CST can address many  EDS specific issues,  including pain management, subluxations, TMJ dysfunction, Sacro-iliac joint dysfunction,  dysautonomia, anxiety and depression. Additionally, co-morbid diagnoses such as chiari and  tethered cord can also be addressed.

Diagnosing- Eloise often receives requests to help confirm or make diagnoses of EDS, but she is unable due to license restrictions. We recommend that you seek confirmation from a rheumatologist or geneticist.

Stay a While-For clients traveling a long distance, there is an option to receive several treatments throughout a week, or partial week. Advanced planning is necessary, but removes the burden of traveling a long way and only seeing the therapist for one hour.  There are accommodations close-by, along with a hospital,  CVS, restaurants, shops and a movie theater- all within a two block radius from the clinic. Most of the terrain is level and easy going. 

All of the major international airports are approximately 90 minutes away. If driving, the clinic is about 25 minutes from I-84, exit 7 (Route 7 North).

Read Eloise's publication about CranioSacral Therapy Application for Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes : Applications of CranioSacral Therapy for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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Beighton Score

Criteria for a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome has been recently updated by the Ehlers-Danlos Society, an international organiziation of medical experts. The Beighton Score remains a primary factor in the diagnostic criteria but a new checklist has been created to help doctors and patients with the diagnostic process.

For complete resources  for EDS please visit
The Ehlers-Danlos Society
and
EDS Awareness

 

Beighton Test:  For each movement, you earn one point. Don't forget to count both sides!  A score of 4 or higher =  EDS.   


 EDS is More than just flexibility. Much, Much More!


EDS causes a defect in collagen production, leading to widespread dysfunction in the body.  Collagen is found in every system of the body:   vascular, integumentary (skin), respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, lymphatic, lymbic, immune, muscular, nervous, skeletal, urinary, and the craniosacral system. 

Disruption in the above systems can lead to: Nervous system dysfunction (dysautonomia/POTS) , joint laxity (dislocations and subluxations), delicate skin, easy bruising, mild to significant skin hyperextensibility, cognitive problems, poor proprioception (body positioning and awareness), poor wound healing,  spontaneous aortic dissection  poor digestion (gastroparesis), IBS, vision and hearing problems, problems swallowing, sleeping, Arnold Chiari Malformation widespread pain, skin flushing, Raynaud's Syndrome, etc.  

Each type of EDS expresses some unusual skin characteristics and joint laxity, but other symptoms and severity can be wide ranging among the types, and within each type, for each individual.   Some people with EDS have mild symptoms manifested by joint instability, while others are debilitated with significant, spontaneous  joint dislocations, or arterial rupture. Many are bed-bound and many are involved in athletics.