You may have heard of the term ‘flight or fight’ response when the topic of stress or anxiety crops up.

This is driven by the Autonomic Nervous System in the body.

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates the functions of our internal organs (the viscera) such as the heart, stomach, and intestines. The ANS is part of the peripheral nervous system, and it also controls some of the muscles within the body.  The autonomic nervous system is one of the major neural pathways activated by stress.

Normally, the body can respond to a situation and the ANS then settles again. However, there are times in our lives when it may not balance out, and our bodies start to show signs and symptoms of this. Some of these are:

·         panic attacks ·         fast pulse
·         palpitations ·         shallow breathing
·         shortness of breath ·         chest pain/tightness
·         sweating ·         headaches
·         insomnia ·         irritability
·         trembling ·         feeling faint/unreal
·         tingling in hands/arms/legs ·         tightness in throat/dry mouth


The GOOD news is that help is available.

There are several whole-body therapies that can help (many of which are available at Still House Clinic).

Osteopaths study the Autonomic Nervous System at great lengths and therefore can help a person to regulate it, should they experience some of the symptoms above.

They can also help a person with their breathing and diaphragm function as well as giving lifestyle advice (diet is very important in relieving symptoms) and strategies for overcoming feelings of anxiety.

Our Osteopaths are trauma-informed, meaning that they understand how the body may respond to past traumas and the physical symptoms which may be presenting because of difficulties with a person’s mental wellbeing.

Please do get in contact if you are struggling – we are here to help.