The onset of symptoms may vary from one case to another ranging from sudden onsets following infections, vaccination, puberty, stress or trauma or gradual onsets. It is common for patients to report mild, manageable symptoms which were “normalised” prior to experiencing a trigger which exacerbated the symptoms to a debilitating level.
Recent research has suggested numerous possible causes for these symptoms such as:
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
ZEBRAS POSTURAL ORTHOSTATIC TACHYCARDIA SYNDROME | PROGRAM
Our belief is that treatment must focus on managing the symptoms and address the underlying physiology which lead to these symptoms. Whilst these conditions are not fully understood, an increased sympathetic drive is identified in these conditions suggesting that treatment based on lifestyle interventions which reduce physical and emotional stress whilst preserving maximal engagement can permit significant improvements.
THERAPEUTIC NEUROSCIENCE EDUCATION SESSIONS
One-on-one therapeutic neuroscience education sessions will cover the following topics dependent on the patients’ needs assessed during the initial assessment and continuously monitored and discussed between the patient and therapist:
Postural symptoms physiology
Home based movement prescription
Postural symptom management
Goal Setting / Gradual Exposure Planning
Trigger identification & Prevention
Sleep Physiology / Hygiene
The Stress Response
DIMS / SIMS
Gradual Return to Work & School
Graded Motor Imagery
We know the importance of a holistic program in the recovery from POTS/OI. Movement sessions will be introduced after an initial musculoskeletal assessment and movement screening has been conducted. Movement sessions are carefully constructed and monitored (during and after the completion of the session) to ensure that PEM is NOT triggered by the movement session. These sessions may consist of: one on one or small group Exercise Physiology sessions, Pilates, Physiotherapy, anti-gravity treadmill or yoga and will focus on:
Personalised Movement Prescription
Address Musculoskeletal Injuries
Supervised & Home Based Programs
Physical Load Monitoring
Breathing Through Movement
Re-conditioning / improve blood flow
Psychology sessions involve education and psychological approaches to manage chronic health issues. These sessions also target any psychological challenges which may have developed due the chronic condition (eg. anxiety, depression) or unrelated factors which may affect mood and stress levels which are likely to impact on symptoms.
The Impact of Fatigue
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Addressing Barriers to Change
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
The goal of these sessions is to have an enjoyable, relaxing experience and to stimulate the parasympathetic (rest & relax) side of your autonomic nervous system to reduce sympathetic overload. These techniques will be implemented within the Zebras facility at also at the patients home.
Restorative Yoga and Pranayama
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