Orthostasis means ‘upright posture’ and hypotension means low blood pressure. Thus, orthostatic hypotension – also called postural hypotension, is a condition that occurs when people stand up after long hours of being seated. Patients who suffer from orthostatic hypotension are also commonly seen complaining of dizziness, faintness and lightheadedness.
Although orthostatic hypotension is a mild condition that occurs inconsistently for a few minutes or seconds, there are cases of long-lasting orthostatic hypotension. When a person experiences orthostatic hypotension frequently, it is often an indication of a more serious problem. Hence, it shouldn’t be ignored or taken lightly.
The treatment methods adopted for orthostatic hypotension depend on the underlying cause. But based on occurrences, here are some of the most commonly used treatment methods:
In this treatment method, patients under the supervision of physiotherapists are made to stand leaning against the wall with their upper back in contact with the wall. Then their feet, without moving the back, is placed 15 cm away from the wall.
This exercise, if practiced effectively, helps in reducing the occurrence of fainting episodes and also improves the toning of the lower extremity.
Occasional dizziness due to orthostatic hypotension is relatively minor. However, if the frequency of symptoms increase, it is necessary to consult a professional who can give you relevant advice.