Dysautonomia is a term used to describe any disorder of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of the nervous system that regulates functions that are automatic in nature such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, excretion, perspiration, temperature regulation, pupil dilation, circulation, and respiration among others. It is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. When there is a dysfunction or failure of the ANS the result is a disorder classified as a type of dysautonomia. These disorders can be mild to debilitating, and usually involve abnormal symptoms in many organ systems including: cardiac, gastrointestinal, neurological, and pulmonary, as well as others.

Dysautonomia can equally affect men and women of all ages. It can be congenital (present at birth), develop gradually over time, or appear suddenly at any age.

Dysautonomia can affect a variety of body systems, which means symptoms of dysautonomia can vary widely. Below is a common list of symptoms which can occur:

  • Balance/Focus
    • Balance problems
    • Dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness
    • Forgetfulness
  • Mood swings or anxiety
  • Migraines or frequent headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart/cardiovascular
    • Chest pain/discomfort
    • Big swings in heart and blood pressure
    • Heart palpitations
  • Blurred vision
  • Digestive system
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Low blood sugar
  • Incontinence
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Weakness

Our team at Gaspar has many highly skilled Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specialize in treating Dysautonomia. Some of our DPTs specialize specifically in Vestibular treatments, Cardiopulmonary conditions, as well as Pelvic Floor issues. Whatever a patient’s case may be, we will work together as a team to address their condition. We excel at ensuring that patients are directed to our most appropriate DPT possible for whatever their needs may be.

Our Cardiopulmonary team:

  • Dr. Paul Gaspar (Encinitas office)
  • Dr. Susan Sange (Encinitas office)
  • Dr. Sarah Polvere (Bressi Ranch office)
  • Ann Taylor, PTA (Encinitas office)

Our Pelvic Floor specialist:

  • Dr. Aerial Bailey (Encinitas office)

Our Vestibular team:

  • Dr. Laura Knox (Bressi Ranch office)
  • Dr. Jake Martin (Encinitas office)
  • Dr. Valentine Ngo (Coastal Carlsbad office)
  • Dr. Kevin Au (Solana Beach office)
  • Dr. Randi Lyn Hornyak (Torrey Highlands office)
  • Dr. Spencer Schreckengaust (Torrey Highlands office)