Stress impacts on the vagus nerve

Stress impacts on the vagus nerve
The vagus nerve carries an extensive range of signals from the digestive system and organs to the brain and vice versa. It is the tenth cranial nerve, extending from its origin in the brainstem through the neck and the thorax down to the abdomen.

Do you feel:

  • Tired or sluggish?
  • Muscle cramping?
  • Afternoon fatigue?
  • Agitated, easily upset, or nervous?
  • Hormone imbalance?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then it might be your stress hormone affecting your mind-body connection.

Amazingly though, hormones in the body can affect a person’s perception of the world as well as showing how stress is producing in the body while making visible changes in the brain by enhancing neurological functions.

We have been seeing patients with impingement through C1 (top of the spine in the neck) resulting in an ability to take a full breath, tightness in the chest, gall bladder inflammation resulting in panic attacks and the feeling of having a heart attack since the pandemic. Most of these patients end up with pain killers and are told to go home.

On our assessment, we find that the difficulty to take full breaths, tightness in the chest and the gall bladder inflammation from panic attacks can be due to the vagus nerve.


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