POTS is an acronym for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. It is a term that describes a group of neurological conditions sharing similar symptoms.
· Postural: this relates to your body positioning
· Orthostatic: this is related to standing upright
· Tachycardia: a heart rate faster that is faster than normal
· Syndrome: several symptoms occurring simultaneously
POTS patients usually feel dizzy or tired when they rise from a sitting position. People who have POTS typically experience an increased heart rate or heart palpitations when they stand up.
If you experience these symptoms after standing upright, then the condition is known as orthostatic intolerance. It is reported that over 500,000 people in the US experience orthostatic intolerance — the primary symptom of POTS.
According to other sources, people with POTS exceed 3 Million adults and adolescents. The POTS disappear entirely within a 2–5 — year timeframe in some people. In other cases, the symptoms come and go over their lifetime.
People with POTS may also experience varying degrees of symptom severity. However, no less than 25% of these patients have symptoms so severe that they cannot perform their activities of daily living or participate in the workforce.
This article will discuss the symptoms of POTS and the role of Foundational Correction using upper cervical chiropractic in its management.
POTS-free individuals can sit, recline, and stand with ease. They can switch among these positions without much problem. The autonomic nervous system manages the effect of gravity on the body (according to the body’s position), including the mechanism that controls the flow of blood and body balance. Usually, the heart rate adjusts to an average of 10 to 15 beats per minute higher when standing than sitting. So, your blood pressure should decrease only slightly.
If you have POTS, your body will not send the right signals to your heart and brain when you switch positions. This causes your heart rate to increase up to 30 bpm above normal. When this happens, you’ll feel like sitting or lying back down.
Your immune cells may activate certain chemicals, which may cause flushing. This can result in headaches, breathlessness, and a feeling of lightheadedness. This activation may also trigger nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The affected person may also have blood pooling in their lower legs and feet, resulting in a purple or swollen appearance.
Other symptoms may include:
· Heart palpitations
· Blurred eyesight
The cause of POTS is not fully understood. Why is this so? Well, the condition doesn’t trace back to a single root cause for every diagnosed case. There is evidence that some genes may contribute to the development of POTS. There are also indications that over 50% of POTS cases might be autoimmune-related.
Life events, including: may also trigger the symptoms of POTS
· Viral illness
· Major surgery
· Monthly period
· Traumatic blood loss
These events may alter the activities of your autonomic nervous system for a while.
Changes to one’s diet and nutrition such as increased water and salt intake
· Increased physical activity and cardiac rehab exercise
· Compression stockings
· Medications include fludrocortisone, salt tablets, beta-blockers, midodrine, or pyridostigmine.
POTS is a dysfunction within the nervous system. Foundational Shifts are the primary cause of nerve obstructions and dysfunction, including within the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Foundational Correctionhelps remove the obstruction at the upper cervical spine (top of the neck), allowing seamless communication within the body. This will address the dysfunction within the body and correct the imbalance between your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Your nervous system will begin to function as it should.
To verify this, a recent study examined the effect of upper cervical chiropractic work on two patients with tachycardia and POTS. The first patient was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT), while the second patient was diagnosed with POTS.
After five months of adjustment, the analysis of the results showed that specific upper cervical corrections could positively affect the autonomic nervous system.
In over 90 percent of treated cases, management of POTS symptoms becomes easier over time. In some cases, the secondary conditions may disappear over several years. In addition, research has shown that POTS can be addressed with upper cervical chiropractic. Any questions, leave them below in the comments.
"Had some trouble with my low back from being in a chair all day due to work. Came in to see Dr. Brett Burner and was welcomed graciously by the staff. Dr. Burners is very knowledgeable and friendly and helped me get back to 100% I recommend to all of my friends and colleagues regardless of any pain. Keep Up The Great Work"
"I absolutely love the staff at Full Life Chiropractic! They are extremely helpful and attentive. Dr. Crystal is wonderful and has already helped me tremendously! She is caring, compassionate, very knowledgeable,
and an attentive listener. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Full Life! :)"
"Walking in was a breath of fresh air! Meeting Dr. Brett allowed me to realize that putting myself first is deserving and his bedside manner is fabulous! I am excited to work with him to improve my quality of life. He is extremely passionate and wants to help where he can! I am no longer afraid to start this new journey! Don’t walk run to his office!! He will give you your cape back!"
"Dr. Brent is excellent!! He definitely knows what he is doing. If I could give them 100 stars, I would. Dr.Brent is very knowledgeable he makes you feel very comfortable and explains everything for you to understand. Friendly staff in the front office is always a plus and his fur animals are amazing!!!!"
"Great staff,very flexible scheduling.Perfect for my extensive last minute appointments.Moderm techniques and very through approach by Dr.Brenner.Highly recommend."
"f are amazing not to mention the fur baby staff! You get the best service during every visit and patient wellness and experience is their number 1 priority! I would recommend if your looking for exceptionally
great service you visit Dr. Berner and staff for your Chiropractic needs!"