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Marfan Syndrome


Question:

Can you please give me information on Marfan Syndrome?

Answer:

Marfan syndrome is a heritable condition that affects the connective tissue. Marfan syndrome can affect many body systems including the eyes, skeleton, heart and blood vessals, nervous system, skin and lungs. It is important to remember, connective tissue is designed to "hold" the body together and provide a framework for growth and development. If the connective tissue is defective as in Marfan Syndrome, it is likely your client lacks stability and compensates due to relative flexibility (the body will always find the path of least resistance). Your first step should be to consult with your client's doctor and/or therapist. After consulting on any possible contraindications, it is critical to start your client on an exercise program that focuses on integrated flexibility followed by stability, rather than the traditional approach of isolated uni-planar training seen in many health clubs. Please review the many exercises (found by searching the PTN Exercise Library under modality "Stability") and articles (found by searching the PTN Content Library under keywords "Stabilization Training" and "Functional Training") on the site that focus on stability and functional training.