We are so excited to have Sam Minkin, our new Musculoskeletal Therapist on board with the City Cave team at our Paddington Wellness Centre, who is super passionate about treating the Vagus Nerve and the multitude of benefits that can from this.
The Vagus Nerve (Crainial Nerve X) is a nerve that is becoming more and more apparent in modern medicine for its multiple benefits of treating various conditions. Vagus is special because – unlike other cranial nerves that are concerned with head and neck functions – it carries information from and to internal organs, such as lungs, heart, liver, and intestines. (1)
Its ascending pathways transmit a number of interoceptive signals to the brain, e.g. temperature, pain, inflammation, stretch, and pressure. On the other hand, the descending pathways regulate functioning of the inner organs. Vagus is involved in cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune processes; it plays a prominent role in the autonomic nervous system.(2)
Vagus Nerve Stimulation may involve manual manipulation of the nerve in the neck, exercises which strengthen Vagal tone, neural tensioners and electrical stimulation with auricular clips or electro needling. Stimulation of the Vagus nerve improves its afferent and efferent nerve fibres.
Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (TVNS) can be used to treat:
- Chronic Pain
- Atrial Fribrillation
- Autoimmune Disease
- Behavioural Issues (e.g. autism)
- GIT Complaints
- Crohn's Disease
- Working Memory
- Blood Brain Barrier
- Cerebral Palsy
- Inflammatory Disorders
- Neuroplasticity via BDNF (stroke, rehabilitation)
Sam works from the Paddington centre Monday to Wednesday from 9.00am-5.00pm and can assist with Vagus Nerve treatment. Call our Paddington Wellness Centre on 07 3171 8663 to book in with Sam.
Breedlove, S. M., Watson, N. V., & Rosenzweig, M. R. (2010). Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioral, Cogitive, and Clinical Neuroscience (6th ed.). Sunderland, Massachusetts: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
Yuan, H., & Silberstein, S. D. (2015). Vagus Nerve and Vagus Nerve Stimulation, a Comprehensive Review: Part I.Headache The Journal of Head and Face Pain.