May 20, 2019
You may or may not have heard of the vagus nerve. Whether you have or you haven't, it is definitely an important topic! This article from Pathways Magazine does a great job of breaking down the vagus nerve. In summary:
The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that leaves the brain and travels through the neck, chest, and abdomen to provide nerve control to our breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, hearing, speech, and organs including the intestines, stomach, gall bladder, heart, liver, reproductive organs, and more. To say it's function can effect a lot is an understatement.
Dysfunction of the vagus nerve, which can be due to structural, chemical, and mental/emotional causes, can result in: pain anywhere throughout the body, anxiety, depression, ringing in the ears, difficulty swallowing or with speech, abnormal heart rate or blood pressure, intestinal symptoms such as discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and more, and blood sugar imbalance.
How do we positively stimulate the vagus nerve to promote healing and harmony in the nervous system?
Multiple research studies have proven that chiropractic care positively affects the vagus nerve. Structural compression of the vagus nerve particularly can occur in the cranium, neck, upper back, and lower back/pelvis. There are other ways to stimulate the nerve, including breathing exercises, meditation, gut microbiome balancing, music and singing, exercise, laughter, acupuncture, and more.
Read more about this amazing cranial nerve and how chiropractic works to enhance its function in the article linked below!