Stellate Ganglion Blocks are a treatment that have been used to help relieve a variety of conditions such as severe chronic pain, long COVID symptoms, and fibromyalgia. The stellate ganglion is part of the sympathetic nervous system that travels through your neck, next to your voice box.
The sympathetic nervous system
is responsible for mobilizing the body's energy stores in response to stress or emergency. It does this by triggering the adrenal glands to release the hormone adrenaline, which then prepares the body to fight or flee. This system also controls heart rate, blood pressure and other key functions.
When it's working properly, the sympathetic nervous system helps us handle emergencies and daily stressors. But when it's overworked, it can lead to problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and chronic pain.