What is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)?
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a malfunction of the nervous system that affects blood flow throughout the body. This condition often causes dizziness when standing, and increases heart rate by 30 beats per minute within 10 minutes of standing up. POTS may even interrupt everyday activities such as walking. Although anyone can be affected by this syndrome, we see it most commonly with women in their teens, twenties, and thirties.
The most common symptom of POTS is dizziness from standing. In severe cases, those may even faint upon getting up out of a chair. Additional symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic Pain (General)
- Chest Pains
- Heart Palpitations
- Shortness of Breath
- Brain Fog
- Sweating Abnormalities
- Bladder Dysfunction
How We Can Help Treat POTS
At Advance Physical Therapy, we utilize treatment programs that aim to combat the symptoms of POTS. The goals of our program are to:
- Strengthen the weakened muscles that can be under-utilized during dystonia movements
- Promote awareness of optimal posture and body maintenance.
- Increase range of motion and flexibility.
Our physical therapy plans are always tailored to your needs specifically. We will constantly re-assess and re-evaluate your symptoms, and continue to optimize your program so you receive full benefits of care.