Stress and Sympathetic Dominance

Stress and Sympathetic Dominance

By Dr Elise Feher, Chiropractor & Certified SD Protocol Practitioner

Stress…it’s such a buzz word in the health industry but what does it actually mean for your health and well-being?


Chronic stress as a result of work and family pressures and long term health issues play a huge role in decreasing your enjoyment of life. Many people think of stress as a normal part of life or are unaware of how much it is affecting their health.


Seemingly unrelated symptoms can all be occurring as a result of chronic stress. For example, a woman suffering from acne, an irregular cycle, fatigue, headaches and bloating could potentially have all these symptoms caused by sympathetic dominance.


Sympathetic dominance is when your body is constantly in the “fight or flight” mode. When the sympathetic nervous system is activated, it suppresses your digestive system, reproductive system, immune system and the repair functions of the body. Under normal circumstances, the sympathetic nervous system activates in response to extreme physical, mental or emotional stress. In our face paced world the sympathetic nervous is triggered by chronic stress.


Symptoms such as food intolerances, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, regular headaches, tight neck and shoulders, fatigue and sensitivity to light and sound can all be warning signs that your body is in a state of sympathetic dominance.



If you feel as though stress or any of the above symptoms are affecting you, please book in to see chiropractor Dr Elise Feher to discuss how she can help.

For further information visit the Sympathetic Dominance Protocol  Website.


While we cannot always decrease the number of stressors in our life we can support the body to better deal with these stressors. Chiropractic adjustments which can assist in supporting the nervous system, investigating hormonal imbalances and food intolerances and simple lifestyle changes can help decrease the time your body is in this “fight or flight” mode.



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