Dysautonomia

Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe problems related to the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS serves as the control center for the brain to direct the “automatic” or unconscious, involuntary functions that maintain a stable environment in the body. This includes regulating blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, temperature control, hormone secretion, organ function, pupillary reflexes, and more

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What Symptoms Are Associated With Dysautonomia?

People living with dysautonomia experience a dysregulation of these essential functions, which can result in symptoms such as:

  • Lightheadedness

  • Fainting

  • Abnormal Blood Pressure

  • Irregular Heart Beat

  • “Brain Fog”

  • Improper Nutrient Absorption

  • Fatigue

  • Intolerance to standing or exercise

  • Photophobia 

  • Gastrointestinal Problems

  • Dizziness

  • Migraine

  • Chronic Pain

What Causes Dysautonomia?

Though Dysautonomia can be hereditary, it is most often acquired. 

 

Different forms of dysautonomia are common after brain injury, bacterial infection like Lyme Disease, viral illnesses such as COVID-19, or in association with autoimmune conditions.

 

Regardless of where a patient’s dysautonomia stems from, it is essential to identify the root cause of the dysfunction within the central nervous system in order to provide the most appropriate treatments.

Our Approach to Treatment

1. Understand whether a patient’s ANS dysfunction is the primary issue, or if it is a secondary reaction caused by other underlying problems.

2. Help patients determine the underlying mechanism of their dysautonomia, using the latest in diagnostic technology to determine an individualized treatment approach to target it. 

 

3. Work to rehabilitate the underlying dysfunction contributing to patients’ autonomic dysregulation. 

 

Our rehabilitation approach takes advantage of the central nervous system’s ability to be plastic, to change constructively over time. This allows us to improve brain function through non-invasive, non-pharmacological means.