Pain Relief

Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation

We have the pleasure of having Camilla Cameron, Acupuncturist 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. 

Musculoskeletal Therapy Brisbane, Vagus Nerve,  Wellness Centre,

Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (TVNS) can be used to treat:

  • Migraine

  • Chronic Pain

  • Reflux

  • Atrial Fribrillation

  • Allergy

  • Autoimmune Disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Behavioural Issues (e.g. autism)

  • GIT Complaints

  • Digestion

  • Depression

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Psoriasis

  • Anxiety

  • Working Memory

  • Blood Brain Barrier

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Inflammatory Disorders

  • Neuroplasticity via BDNF (stroke, rehabilitation)

  • PTSD

Camilla Cameron, Acupuncturist Monday, Wednesday, Friday 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 Camilla. 

 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Can I Float If I Am Pregnant?

We often get asked if it's okay to float during pregnancy, and the answer is yes! During pregnancy, there are many do's and don'ts that restrict the lifestyle you are used to living. Pain and discomfort can become the norm, but we have found Float Therapy can help to alleviate the discomfort and pain you generally experience in your 2nd and 3rd Trimester. 

Pain relief from pregnancy.

The float tank or float room is filled with four hundred kilograms of Epsom Salts that keep you buoyant. It takes the pressure away from all of you joints and muscles. Relief from gravity itself helps your body stretch out and find its natural curves and arches, allowing your spine to decompress. It allows better blood flow for your muscles and joints to repair quicker and your mind is removed from stimulation so it can focus on the problem areas. 

This can be a huge relief for anyone, but particularly for expectant mothers who are carrying around that additional weight. 

Float Centre, Wellness, Pregnant, Float Therapy, Brisbane wellness centre,

Connect with your Baby

Often people hear their own digestion and own heart beat when they are floating. When you are pregnant you can sometimes hear your baby. Stories are emerging of deep connections made with their child during pregnancy, from loud heart beats too fond movements whilst in floatation, allowing you to be in touch with your baby. When floating your baby can become very active and your babies responses can be felt more intuitively. Connections being made early on in pregnancy for mothers makes the process so much more personal.

Float Centre, Wellness, Pregnant, Float Therapy, Brisbane wellness centre, City Cave

Vitality and Immune System in pregnancy.

When you remove environmental stimulation and relieve body from gravity two things happen. Firstly your bodies blood flow increases dramatically through the spinal cord and neck straight from the heart to the brain. And secondly, when your mind has turned off from all stimulation it can focus on the fundamentals of repairing your body. Floating twice a week will keep your mind and bodies in routine of relief making the challenges of pregnancy that much easier. Your body and especially your baby will thank you for it.

We have also had some clients who have said that float therapy has helped ease morning sickness which is often experienced during the 1st and 2nd trimesters. 

Everyones experience during pregnancy is very unique in this time and float therapy makes it that little more of a unique experience. While we have many pregnant floaters, we do recommend discussing float therapy with your Obstetrician before giving it a go.