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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Newly diagnosed POTS

    I am newly diagnosed with POTS and am struggling to find exercises I can do. At the moment, I struggle to even walk. Do I need a referral to book an appointment? Also, how much is an initial appointment?
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  • Dr Edmund Song

    Physician (General)

    Dr Edmund Song is an General and Acute medicine Physician. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and undertook training at the Royal … View Profile

    The principles of exercise in POTS is that a combination of aerobic exercise to improve blood volume and particularly resistance exercises focusing on the lower limbs can help with the muscle pump and return of blood from the periphery.

    It is common to start with recumbent exercises like recumbent cycling or a rowing machine then progress to more upright exercise. 

    Your GP may know of local exercise physiologists that are able to help you with a program. 

    Even if you don't have the associated hypermobility or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome the directory from the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome website will have Australian based exercise physiologists and physiotherapists that have experience with POTS and can help prescribe an exercise program.

    https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/healthcare-professionals-directory-australia/

    Good luck.

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