Dysautonomia, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia

Dysautonomia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are part of a group of chronic conditions that relate to disorders of the Autonomic Nervous System. This is the part of the nervous system that controls automatic functions like heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, breathing and so on. People with various forms of Dysautonomia have trouble regulating these systems, resulting in symptoms like lightheadedness, unstable blood pressure, abnormal heart rates and breathing, and digestive issues. Pain and lack of energy are also common complaints related to these conditions.

Although many people are unfamiliar with the terminology, it is estimated that there are millions of sufferers worldwide. Sometimes Dysautonomia and related conditions are due to inherited factors, such as Joint Hypermobility. This is when a person’s connective tissue is more supple than usual, so that the joints and nerves in the body are at risk of being overstretched and becoming overly sensitive. In other cases Dysautonomia and related conditions are due to an injury, accident or other cause.

So how can Physiotherapy help with this condition? Working with some of the world leaders in Dysautonomia research DMA has developed a specific exercise based program to target and manage the symptoms. By tracking your symptoms and identifying patterns of triggers and underlying causes we can develop a safe and therapeutic Clinical Pilates exercise program to support the delicate structures of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and reduce their sensitivity to excess loads.

Although there is no cure for Dysautonomia and related conditions, these interventions do relieve the symptoms and things often improve dramatically once the underlying cause is addressed. Our DMA Physiotherapists are highly experienced in this area and will be able to help you get back on track.

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