Are you living in Sympathetic Dominance? Are you living in Sympathetic Dominance?

Are you living in Sympathetic Dominance?

July 2, 2021

By Sarah Young: Chiropractor Victoria Point Chiropractic

The body lives in a delicate balance between rest or digest (parasympathetic nervous system) and fight or flight (sympathetic nervous system). When your body is deprived of time and energy to rest and restore itself, the balance is disturbed and the parasympathetic nervous system loses control of its four major functions– rest, digestion, repair, and reproduction.  Modern day life does not improve this scenario, where being overwhelmed and overworked on a continuous basis causes the nervous system to go into overdrive. The adrenaline-filled state keeps the survival mechanism activated and may become dominant, forming “Sympathetic Dominance” (SD).

SD has an impact on a person’s general health and may trigger specific neurological and physiological reactions. It can also start to explain the links between many health conditions.  These include:

  • Shoulder & neck tightness
    • Sensitivity to light & noise
    • Headaches & migraines
    • Light sleep & vivid dreams
    • Anxiety & depression
    • Digestive upsets such as bloating, IBS, allergies, diarrhoea & constipation
    • High blood pressure
    • Increased blood clotting risk
    • Inflammation
    • Gallbladder problems
    • Thyroid problems
    • Hormonal imbalances

How can chiropractic help?

After an initial SD assessment, the chiropractor will use specific rib and spinal adjustment techniques that release the body’s built-up tensions.  Managing and overcoming SD is a team effort, there will be homework!  At-home postural corrective exercises, nutritional supplementation and chill-out mindfulness techniques are used to support the chiropractic adjustments.  A relaxed mind and body are essential for managing and overcoming SD.

Sounding all too familiar?  Speak to your chiropractor to help gain control of your nervous system and restore balance to your health.


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