Unraveling the Connection: Trauma, Dysautonomia, and POTS

The human body is an intricate web of interconnected systems that work in harmony to maintain balance and regulate essential bodily functions. Among these systems, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays a vital role in controlling involuntary bodily processes. However, in some cases, individuals may develop dysautonomia, a condition characterized by malfunctioning of the ANS. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a form of dysautonomia that specifically affects heart rate and blood pressure regulation. While the exact causes of dysautonomia and POTS are multifactorial, recent research has shed light on the potential role of physical and emotional trauma in the development of autonomic dysfunction. In this blog post, we will explore this intriguing connection, drawing upon medical journal citations, to better understand how trauma may contribute to the onset of dysautonomia and POTS in certain cases.


The Autonomic Nervous System: A Brief Overview

The ANS is...

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Transforming Trauma

Trauma is an injury to our mind, body, and spirit. It's quite evident that trauma can change the way we process emotions, the state of our mind, and our mental functioning. However, many are not aware of just how much trauma impacts our physiology. When we undergo trauma, it causes changes to the structure of our brain, cellular performance, epigenetic expression, hormone and neurological balance. Most of us associate trauma with extreme tragedies, such as war, abuse, natural disasters, etc. These are indeed quite obviously traumatic. However, there are other forms of trauma often referred to as "little 't' traumas" that have impacted or will impact all of us at some point. These could include traumatic experiences such as being raised in a dysfunctional home, growing up with a parent who struggled with addiction, managing a chronic illness, experiencing loss, etc.


When we undergo trauma, whether the experience was a major or minor traumatic experience, it can manifest in...

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