How Physical Therapy Helped My Dysautonomia?

Written by:
Dr. Kelly Jones
July 1, 2024

Although I am a physical therapist, I have also participated in PT to address my own dysautonomia and hypermobility. When I was first diagnosed, I was unable to perform simple tasks such as going from sit to stand, showering, or walk up stairs without dizziness and extreme fatigue. Not only did dysautonomia impact my physical health, but the brain fog and memory issues were also impacted. Thanks to hours of physical therapy at Activcore, I am now able to work full time and enjoy my life again. What was once hopeless has now become hopeful.

Living with dysautonomia presents unique challenges. While dysautonomia manifests differently for each individual, physical therapy offers a multifaceted approach to managing symptoms and improving overall well-being. Incorporating specialized movement systems such as Redcord suspension, Gyrotonic exercise, Pilates apparatus, and/or Low Pressure Fitness (LPF) into a comprehensive treatment plan can provide valuable support for individuals navigating the complexities of dysautonomia.

By addressing core stability, movement control, respiratory function, and stress management, individuals with dysautonomia can empower themselves to lead fuller, more active lives. Moreover, physical therapists can provide valuable education and support to empower people with dysautonomia to better understand their condition, manage symptoms effectively, and maximize their overall well-being.

It's essential to consult your healthcare provider, preferably one experienced in dysautonomia management, before starting any new exercise regimen to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your needs and limitations. With proper guidance and support, you can navigate your wellness journey with confidence and resilience.

Need help? Please reach out to me at Activcore in Johns Creek, Georgia for a phone consultation to answer your questions. I offer one-on-one physical therapy sessions, and I can work closely with you and your dysautonomia-focused medical providers to develop a sustainable training program to help you find relief.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this post are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.

Dr. Kelly Jones

Physical Therapist
Kelly Jones is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) specializing in orthopedic conditions with a special interest in soccer. She works at Activcore in Atlanta, Georgia, located just 2 miles from Emory University. She also works at Activcore in Johns Creek, GA located inside the Medical Fitness and Wellness Group.
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