Physical Therapy and POTS
February 28, 2023
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a condition that causes a number of symptoms when you transition from lying down to standing up. These symptoms can include an increased heart rate, dizziness, and fatigue. While there is no cure with adjustments in diet, medications, and exercise you can manage and improve your lifestyle.
POTS affects women more than men and can start as early as your teenage years or as late as your 50s. Higher risk patients tend to be those with serious viral infections, pregnancies, trauma or surgical patients, and patients with certain autoimmune diseases.
While there is no cure for POTS it is often treated with exercise, physical activity monitoring, diet and nutritional changes. This makes physical therapy an ideal discipline to help patients with POTS. A cardiac rehab program may be beneficial to recondition the cardiovascular system and management of POTS symptoms. Exercises could include biking, swimming, rowing, core and leg strengthening activities. Diet and nutritional changes can also help. Eating several smaller meals a day can help with blood flow throughout your body instead of 2-3 larger meals a day. General dietary changes include increasing sodium and water intake, eating higher fiber and complex carbohydrate foods. However, consulting a dietician is key in making changes that are best for you.
For help with your exercise and physical activity monitoring program contact Witte PT!