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Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS, also postural tachycardia syndrome) involves malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. (ANS). The autonomic nervous system controls a number of functions in the body, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestive tract peristalsis, and sweating, amongst others. Dysfunction of the ANS can involve any of these functions.

The primary symptom of POTS is orthostatic intolerance (OI) - lightheadedness or fainting after an individual stands up from a lying down position.  In POTS, the lightheadedness or fainting is also accompanied by a rapid increase in heartbeat. A significant proportion of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) also have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

The majority of individuals affected (between 75 and 80 percent) are women between the ages of 15 to 50 years of age. Some women report an increase in episodes of POTS right before their menstrual periods. Symptoms of POTS often begins after a pregnancy, major surgery, trauma, or a viral illness.

Within the Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ we understand that the initial trauma and the ensuing trauma cycle involved in POTS can over activate protective mechanisms within the limbic system of the brain.  This directly affects the physiology of the body - manifesting in a range of neurological, immunological and endocrine system abnormalities. Trauma can also initiate an inflammatory response in the central nervous system.

Symptoms can include but are not limited to:

  • Increase in heart rate, dizziness, fainting, headache, sweating, shakiness, nausea -  mostly worse with standing
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Discoloured hands and feet
  • Sense of anxiety
  • Chest pains
  • Nerve pain
  • Hyperacusis (sensitivity to noise)
  • Photophobia (pain/relapse on exposure to light)
  • Changes in taste and smell

The symptoms of POTS can be widespread because the limbic system plays an extensive role in regulating functions throughout the body. Symptoms usually vary from person to person.

POTS is often accompanied by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression and isolating behaviours.

Once Limbic System function is corrected, the brain and body move from a state of survival into a state of growth and repair allowing for healing processes to resume.

Click on each image below to view two featured samples of POTS successfully treated using the Dynamic Neural Retraining System™.


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