What is POTS?

dysautonomia What is POTS

Ever heard of the syndrome, POTS? Most people would say no, though it has been rising in renown in the last decade. POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is a silent yet debilitating disease that can be near impossible for the outside world to see, let alone recognize and diagnose.

Roughly 500,000 people in the United States, between the ages of 12-50 have what is called dysautonomia. A blanket diagnosis that refers to a person’s autonomic nervous system (the body’s ability to function without conscious thought) not working.

Now you might be wondering, what exactly is POTS? Imagine this. You’re just waking up in the morning and as you get out of bed, your heart begins to race as though you’d just run at a full sprint around your block. Just by getting up, a person with POTS’ heart rate will rise 30-120 beats per minute. Now imagine that for the next hour, as you’re in the shower, getting dressed, making breakfast, that your heart race doesn’t slow until you are in your car for the 30 min commute to work. Remaining in a vertical position will only make the POTS symptoms increase in intensity.

The most common symptoms experienced by those with POTS are orthostatic intolerance (when symptoms are amplified by getting/remaining upright), light‐headedness, fatigue, sweating, tremors, anxiety, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance and near syncope (medical term for fainting).

Over the last 10 years, there has been much speculation about the kind of therapies that help treat and hopefully cure dysautonomia. Traditional western medicine may prescribe steroids that help the heart to balance, yet it is becoming more frequent and popular treatment to use nontraditional methods, such as salt, water and exercise.

People suffering from POTS need more salt and water than the normal person. Drinking over the usual recommended amount of water and taking salt supplements help to right some of the symptoms. But the most effective therapy found is exercise! Working out for 30 min 5x a week has been found to dramatically improve all symptoms.

Exercise can work as both preventive and curative care and should never be underestimated. Even just going for a quick walk through your neighborhood after work can increase healing in your body and make you feel infinitely better!

Exercise is vital to keeping a body in a healthy, functioning place. Regardless of whether or not you suffer from a disease that could be cured or significantly helped by exercise, never stop it.

Chiropractic care is a great natural treatment for POTS. By keeping the spine properly aligned, and therefore keeping the nervous system functioning at its best, there is great potential for additional healing. If you or anyone you know suffers from dysautonomia, chiropractic should be seriously pursued along with exercise and other healthy habits!

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