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The Vagus Nerve, Part 2

by Bridget

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After my affix last week about Understanding Vagal Tone, ClaireMarie Holman DC( Doctor of Chiropractic) reached out with a greenback about the vagus nerve that I thought would be worth sharing with you.( I’m including anatomical jargon now that I’ll translate afterward ). Here’s how Dr. Holman begins 😛 TAGEND

The vagus nerve comes out of the intelligence and covers around the transverse processes of Cervical 1( C1) on the right and left before its ancestry to the organs below. This nerve is called the wanderer because of how very far it strolls from the intelligence. This was a very important point when I was studying in chiropractic college because if one has an injury where the psyche is pop[ conceive whiplash or plays injury] all these can displace C1. Lateral blows to the head are serious likewise. Some people are able to even misalign C1 if they have a habit of sleeping on their weapon at night, initiating pressing on that transverse process.

If you look at the likenes above, you can see C1( the first cervical vertebra, or the atlas) in yellow-bellied. It’s so wide that it virtually looks like an extension of the skull, but there it is. The vagus gut is singled out, and you can see it wrapping around the transverse process of C1( the transverse handles are bony formations that stick out from the sides of the vertebrae–they serve as attachment objects for muscles and ligaments of the sticker ). So you can imagine that if C1 is dismissed, it would be a problem. Dr. Holman goes on to say:

Now the vagus gut is evicted and all the same indications you mention[ in the blog pole] have been present. Once C1 is adjusted back into neighbourhood the vagus gut can then function at its optimum again. Can inversions reset C1? Perhaps. I would suggest trying reversals without any direct stres on the top of the chief. Directly doing a headstand on a misaligned C1 could be very serious. Same with Sun Salutation if done too rapidly and without awareness to the head.

As I mentioned last week, the vagus nerves( one emerging from each side of the brain, each wrapping around the transverse process on that area) perform virtually every organ in the thoracic and abdominal cavities, of special mention, the heart( modulating pulsation speed) and the gut( animating battery-acid yield necessary for breaking down food for further digestion ). If the nerve is dismissed, or if there is extra pressure on it( the epitome above is omitting the sternocleidomastoid and scalenes, potent muscles in the neck that a shifted gut could get pulped into or crushed between) problems could develop further on down the line of this travelling nerve, such as difficulties with digestion or with settling heart rate, or even paucity of resiliency under stress.

Even more reason to consider your vagal tint, to be considered spinal alignment in your yoga practice, and to be cautious with inversions that target pressure on the cervical vertebrae( perhaps practise Pincha Mayurasana, Forearm Balance, instead of Headstand ). And, of course, seek help from a professional if you’ve had know with whiplash and feel as if some of this echoes a buzzer for you.

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