Do you or someone you know suffer from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)? Bethesda Physiocare specializes in the treatment and management of POTS through exercise. We do this uniquely by blending traditionally established protocols (such as CHOP and Children’s National) with innovative technology and exergaming. Did you know that the right exercise and physical therapy can help you feel balanced again? Here, we will discuss how physical therapy can help people through their POTS diagnosis.
At Bethesda Physiocare, located in Bethesda, MD, we offer a wide range of services, including treatment for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. We have helped both local and international patients, no matter if they’ve been struggling for months or years. If you want to hear more about how we can help, give us a call at (301) 656-5613 or contact us online today.
The Importance of Physical Therapy
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is a condition that causes individuals to have a higher-than-normal heart rate when going from lying down or sitting down to standing up. Your body is unable to find a balance of blood vessel constriction and a heart rate response. Patients with connective tissue disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, often are diagnosed with POTS in addition to joint hypermobility.
We understand the last thing you want to do is exercise when you don’t feel good, but we promise that in time, the exercise will help. Our clinic offers unique and effective exercise strategies that make physical therapy fun! Here are some of the ways we separate our POTs program from other traditional clinics:
- Virtual Reality- If postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is limiting your ability to perform standard exercises, we can augment your exercise program with virtual reality. This is a fun way that allows patients to increase their heart rate demand and improve cardiovascular function. Patients will play games such as tennis, boxing, baseball, and more! Best of all it can be done in multiple positions
- Externally Focused Exercise – By utilizing external feedback, patients are thinking less about exercising and more about having fun. We use several interactive screens, such as the motion-guided Trazer system and Proteus, to help provide external feedback for exercise. Patients will get real-time results of their performance.
- Knowledge of Results- Our state-of-the-art exercise equipment allows patients to create profiles and keep track of their results week by week. This can help identify areas of need and track progress.
- POTS Experienced PTs- All of our physical therapists are experienced in working with patients with a wide range of POTs symptoms. Because of this, we know how to do and progress exercises properly. Through the combination of tracking vitals and adjusting exercises, we can safely and effectively help patients make progress with limiting setbacks.
POTS Treatment in Bethesda
At Bethesda Physiocare, located in Bethesda, MD, we care about our patients and their battle with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. We have many different options for physical therapy and at-home exercises for you to try. If you want to speak with one of our doctors, call (301) 656-5613 today.