The Vagus Nerve - The Foundation Chiropractic

The Vagus Nerve

“Get to know me… I’m kinda a BIG DEAL!”


Name: The Vagus Nerve 

AKA: Cranial Nerve X

AKA: The Wandering Nerve

Who is he?

1. Major player in Parasympathetic Activation (commonly known as healing, growth, and repair mode) acting in direct opposition to the fight or flight / stress response.

Controls Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Digestion, Speech, Stomach Acid production, Gut motility.

2. Activating the body’s global Anti-Inflammatory Response

When activated:

  • Immune Response is “on” Full Throttle
  • Digestion, Nutrient Absorption, Gut Motility is perfectly synchronized
  • Healing, Growing, and Cellular Repair is Optimized
  • Sleep is Deep and Restorative
  • Relaxation and Creativity are Maximized
  • Cardio-Respiratory System is perfectly Regulated

When Suppressed:

Fight of Flight System / Stress Physiology Dominates

  • Immunity is lowered
  • Digestion is slowed and not synchronized
  • Brain Fog is common
  • Anxiety prevails
  • Focus is compromised
  • Reproductive System is compromised
  • “Bad” Cholesterol is abundant
  •  Cortisol and Adrenaline are present long-term resulting in rapid Cellular Breakdown and widespread Inflammation        

How to Stimulate: 

  • Chiropractic Corrections (when Occiput or Atlas are Subluxated)
  • Deep Breathing
  • Prayer
  • Cold Showers
  • Meditation
  • Singing
  • Laughter
  • Social Connection (Interaction)
  • Exercise