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The Important Role of Your Vagus Nerve

Updated: May 23, 2019

by Dr. Phil Smith

Chiropractic care is a powerful way to boost your ability to heal. Most of us have heard that stress can cause havoc on the mind and body. We all have stress. Those who are not dealing with the stress properly are the ones that will suffer health problems. It is your response to stress that matters the most- how do you physically and mentally adapt/handle the stress. For those of you already under regular chiropractic care, you have likely noticed overall health improvements including your ability to relax, sleep, be in a better mood and so on.

Spinal posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to heart beat regulation, blood, pressure, hormone function, digestion etc. Your ability to make new cells, recharge, re-generate, digest food is regulated in large part by the Vagus nerve (at the top of your neck- see poster above).

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve how your Vagus nerve works. That is why people with different conditions like high blood pressure, blood sugar, digestion, breathing, hormone problems etc. improve with chiropractic care. Commonly under our 5 Fundamental program people will no longer need medications and will reverse their condition(s).

You can stimulate the Vagus nerve and boost your healing power at home with these 30 self-help remedies found at the bottom of this article by Joel Cohen, adapted from


What is the Vagus Nerve?

by Joel Cohen, BS

In people with fatigue,