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What is Sympathetic Nervous System Dominance?

By October 19, 2020January 25th, 2021No Comments
What is sympathetic nervous system dominance?

Sympathetic nervous system dominance also referred to as Sympathetic Dominance or SD is the emotional and/or physiological stress that leads to the wound up state often referred to as fight or flight. When people experience SD, it has an impact on their general health and can affect their hormonal balance, digestive system and even the reproductive system. It is treatable with expert gentle Chiropractic care, the team at Carlin can help restore your balance.

What is Sympathetic Dominance?

A person’s nervous system has different parts, one of which is the autonomic nervous system. This is in charge of functions in the body that happen without conscious thought like breathing, hormone release, digestions and such. The autonomic nervous system has two parts, the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. It is your sympathetic nervous system that controls the reactionary state. It is more likely to trigger when you are feeling highly stressed, emotional, tired or over-worked. As a result, the fight or flight nervous system kicks in, resulting in certain reactions. The parasympathetic system allows for repair and healing while you are relaxing, assists with digestion and such.

What is sympathetic nervous system dominance?

Both systems are opposing forces while always activated. Sometimes one might be more active than the other depending on what is happening in your life. When the fight or flight nervous system dominates, blood flow moves to your large muscles to enable you to run harder and faster, your pupils become dilated so you can see better and your heart rate increases. While blood flow to the digestive system and to the reproductive systems decreases. When this state stays dominant for longer than is needed it can cause various symptoms.

Symptoms of sympathetic nervous system dominance

There can be a range of symptoms when you are experiencing sympathetic nervous system dominance as it struggles with less healing, rest and restoring. These include;

  • Fatigue
  • Lingering infections that take longer to clear up
  • Feeling run down
  • Headaches and or migraines
  • Rising blood pressure
  • Tightness in the neck and shoulders
  • Gallbladder issues
  • Digestive issues such as constipation, IBS, bloating, diarrhoea and food allergies
  • Inability to sleep properly
  • Increased sensitivity to sound and light
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Inflammation in joints
  • Clotting problems
  • An imbalance in hormones
  • Thyroid issues
  • Problems with posture
  • Backache from a curved spine
  • Vivid dreams
  • Decreased immunity
  • Irregular periods, painful or heavy periods
  • Decreased libido
  • Mood changes

It can also cause OD or Oestrogen Dominance in women. This is when there is too much oestrogen produced and not enough progesterone. When these hormones are not in balance, women have a number of symptoms in their reproduction system, as well as weight gain, fibroids, POS and may also have problems conceiving.

Using chiropractic care for the symptoms of sympathetic dominance

Seeing a chiropractor is an alternative and holistic treatment option. They use careful corrections and spinal adjustments and might even suggest exercises to do at home, as well as lifestyle changes and supplements. Gentle Chiropractic care is just a phone call away.

Contact Carlin Chiropractic for sympathetic nervous system dominance treatment

When you see a licensed and qualified chiropractor they can assess you and talk to you about the potential SD and OD systems. Contact Carlin Chiropractic to discuss the treatments involved.

For now, here’s some advice to get some balance back: