Stellate Ganglion Block

Understanding Stellate Ganglion Block: A Promising Intervention at Novel Mind & Wellness Center in Tallahassee, FL


At Novel Mind & Wellness Center, we are committed to providing safe and medically supervised treatments to address a myriad of mental health disorders and chronic pain syndromes resistant to conventional therapies. Our focus on creating a safe and comforting environment, along with customized treatment plans, extends to innovative procedures like the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB), which has shown remarkable promise in relieving symptoms of emotional trauma and psychological disorders.


What is Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)?

Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is a procedure in which a local anesthetic is injected next to the stellate ganglion, a collection of sympathetic nerves located in the neck. These nerves play a crucial role in regulating involuntary functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and sweating. Traditionally recognized as an FDA-approved pain-relieving treatment, SGB has gained attention for its off-label use in treating symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression.


How Does SGB Work?

SGB helps regulate the brain’s overactive sympathetic nervous system and “reset” the “fight-or-flight” response to its baseline. By administering local anesthetic near the stellate ganglion, SGB aims to temporarily block or “turn off” the nerves, helping restore normal biological functions. This intervention has shown promising results in alleviating symptoms of trauma, even in severe cases.


Benefits of SGB Treatment

Patients undergoing Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) have reported numerous benefits, including:

  • Better sleep
  • Improved memory and concentration
  • Decrease in anxiety, panic attacks, and depression
  • Enhanced ability to connect with others
  • Reduction in jumpiness or nervousness
  • Improved intimacy
  • Alleviation of PTSD symptoms, impulsivity, concentration, and sexual function


The Procedure Explained

During the procedure, injections are administered on one side of the neck to relieve symptoms of emotional trauma. The localized administration of the anesthetic helps target the sympathetic nerves, providing relief from chronic neuropathic pain conditions and sympathetically mediated pain (SMP).


How SGB Can Help with Long COVID Symptoms

Individuals experiencing long COVID may develop dysautonomia, or dysfunction of the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to symptoms such as digestive issues, blood pressure fluctuations, and sweating abnormalities. SGB offers a potential solution by temporarily blocking the affected nerves, helping restore normal biological functions and alleviate symptoms associated with dysautonomia.

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