When the healthcare model treats symptoms and does not expand upon the whole system, it is of surprise that many people who begin expressing one symptom will eventually express more. As people go from one doctor to the next, it should be a concern that the medical system fails to question how symptoms could be related and discover the cause.
Since the nervous system is the grand controlling station of the human experience, it would make sense for this to be the place to start. In simple terms, the nervous system is made of the brain, cranial nerves, brain stem, spinal cord, spinal nerves, and the enteric nervous system. Though the most critical element to the optimal transmission of nerve system impulses in the relationship between the spinal cord and spinal nerves, which can be hindered by spinal malposition’s, a cranial nerve that exits the brainstem and travels to 24 different organs.
This nerve is Cranial Nerve 10 and is named the Vagus nerve, meaning “the great wanderer”. The Vagus Nerve has three different branches and balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. If the nervous system is out of balance, many symptoms will appear, and medicating such will cause further detriment to a balanced nervous system.
The cause of poorly functioning Vagus nerve is related to prescription drug use, complications from surgery, poor diet, hyperactive immune function, and chronic stress. New research has shown that when the neck region becomes stiff, it causes compression of the Vagus nerve.
Test Your Neck
- Turn your head to the left and then to the right. Do you feel you can turn your head further in one direction than the other? This is an obvious sign that your neck is stiff, and your Vagus nerve could be compressed.
- Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you notice your head is rotated in one direction, one of your ears is higher than another, or that one shoulder is higher than the other? This is a sign that your neck is misaligned and will cause stiffness. You can also have someone check your posture by placing their hands on your ears and shoulders and telling you what they see.
How to Fix Your Neck and Reverse or Prevent Symptoms of Vagus Nerve Dysfunction
You need to visit a chiropractor to have your neck, and entire spine analyzed for proper function. The chiropractor will fix a misalignment through a chiropractic adjustment. Research shows that the adjustment increases the range of motion in the neck region, and heart rate variability improves, which measures vagal tone.