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What’s your Vagus Nerve?

There’s a nerve that is so vital to the functions of your internal organs: your Vagus Nerve. This nerve communicates via impulses to nearly every organ in the body!

The Vagus Nerve is the tenth cranial nerve, so it exits your brain through the jugular foramen down the neck, chest and stomach where it supplies impulses to the organs inside of you. Not only does it supply impulses to the organs, it also relays information from your organs back up to your brain.

With its vast supply of neurological forces throughout your body, the Vagus Nerve plays a vital role in the functions such as:

  • Breathing: the Vagus Nerve communicates with your lungs to breath!
  • Heart Rate: the Vagus Nerve communicates with your sinoatrial node to regulate heart rate!
  • Digestion: the Vagus Nerve communicates from your gut to your brain for proper digestion to occur.
  • Stress: the Vagus Nerve communicates to help balance the fight or flight response.
  • Inflammation: the Vagus Nerve communicates with the immune system to regulate inflammation.

What’s the value of knowing about your Vagus Nerve? It can help give you an idea of how intricate and vital your neurological system is.

Your neurological system can affect the function of every part of the body by coordinating the tissues and organs the nerve is innervated with.

The spinal bones house and protect the nerves traveling to your internal organs so the brain can properly coordinate function of the tissues and organs.

If spinal integrity is less than optimal, organs and tissues can be negatively affected. Dysfunction in the spine can affect the entire body’s wellbeing due to the following principle: In order for the whole to be 100%, the parts making up the whole need to be 100%.

Chiropractic can help facilitate your innate recuperate powers due to the relationship between structure and function that affect the neurological system’s ability to coordinate optimal wellbeing.

Choose regular chiropractic care as a positive impact on your wellbeing!

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