Chiropractic care, by making adjustments to your spine, improves the function of the nervous systems. Although the nervous system can seem complicated and confusing to the uninitiated, chiropractic care is a way to improve the function of your nervous system.
The vagus nerve is a large component of the nervous system. It is vital to the health and balance of your whole body. Our chiropractors can access the vagus nerve without having to use medication or surgery. This allows us to improve your immune system and balance your nervous system.
What is the vagus nerve exactly?
The longest nerve in the body, the vagus nerve, starts in the brain and goes back down the neck. It travels around to the digestive system, liver, pancreas, and the spleen. Finally the heart and lungs.
Since 75% of the vagus’ function is to send signals from the brain and control the organs, it is responsible for a lot including it controls our heart rate and plays an important role in blood pressure.
Important to remember that your immune system must function correctly if the parasympathetic nervous systems and the sympathetic nervous system are not balanced. Unbalanced nervous systems can lead to many health problems and diseases.
How can we measure productivity of the vagus nerves?
Vagal activity, or vagal tone, refers to the productivity of the vagus nerve. Heart rate variability is a measure of the strength of your vagal tone. This directly correlates with your regulatory system, efficiency, and overall health.
Anyone with decreased activity in their vagus nerve, will experience abnormalities in the functioning of the organs and digestive systems that the vagus neuron controls. The brain won’t be able to interpret any information that comes in if it isn’t able to understand the problem.
How does the vagus nerve affect the immune system?
Your immune system will first respond by inflaming the infected, stressed or injured area in order to protect your body. As long as the inflammation is temporary, it is normal. Your immune system will address the infection, stress or injury and your body will feel protected. Then your body can calm down and restore its balance.
If this nervous system doesn’t work properly, the heart rate and breathing rate can remain elevated, and inflammation can persist, which can lead to chronic conditions. This can lead to serious health problems. This is where chiropractic care may be of help.
Why balancing your nervous system should be a top priority
To maintain your overall health and well-being, it is important to keep your vagus nerve healthy and all of your nervous system in good condition. Healthy nervous system is essential for all other body systems to function properly, including your immune system.
A dysfunctional vagus nerve can cause a variety of health problems that are associated with chronic inflammation. Among these different conditions include:
- High blood pressure
- Sensitivity to infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Acid reflux
- Conditions of the skin
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
A chiropractic adjustment can improve the function of your nervous system and vagus nerves, as the brain, spine, and spinal cords can compromise the nervous system. This will make your whole body function better.