The vagus nerve, Latin for “wanderer”, is the tenth cranial nerve, and it’s arguably the most important one. Your brain-stem, located at the base of your brain, connects your brain to your spinal cord. The vagus nerve shoots out of the brain-stem and reaches through your entire body. It supplies the ears, throat, tongue, stomach, intestines, heart, liver, spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, ureter, and reproductive organs. In order to supply all of these organs, your this nerve is the LONGEST nerve in your body!
Having your vagus nerve disrupted can have huge, global effects throughout your entire body. That’s not only due to its reach, but also because it’s responsible for activating your parasympathetic nervous system. These are your “rest-and-digest” functions, in contrast to your sympathetic nervous system, which is your “fight-or-flight” response. So, if there is any interference with this nerve, the body will have a harder time allowing itself to properly process food and nutrients, as well as activate a healthy resting heart rate. Instead, the body will remain in the “fight-or-flight” response, causing it to hold on to stress and tension. This potentially leads to things like hyperglycemia and high blood pressure, as well as mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
It is important to note that there are ways to eliminate disruptions with the vagus nerve. The best way is to get regular chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments can help take pressure off this nerve and help restore communication from the brain to the rest of the body. It also allows the vagus nerve to perform its vital role. This won’t eliminate stressors in life but it can help your body be better equipped to handle them. By eliminating interference within the cranium and spine, chiropractors help us find our body’s natural harmony, what nature created for our survival—our innate intelligence. Book your first appointment with us today by clicking here, and see the difference for yourself!