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Vagus Nerve

There was TOO much info to put into one blog and how important the vagus nerve is and all the ways that you can help it's signal! So,  here it is on one page!

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Why is it so important?

The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in our body, starting from the brainstem (back of your brain) to your large intestine with multiple branches along the way. It therefore, is exposed to multiple "choke points," if you will. Think of how numbing it is to fall asleep on your arm except the vagus nerve travels through half of our body!

The vagus nerve controls or relays signal from the ears, tongue, muscles of the throat and airways, heart and lungs, almost EVERY digestive organ in our body, kidneys and some sexual organ function. Vagus nerve dysfunction can therefore result in a PLETHORA of symptoms and diagnoses

The vagus nerve is responsible for putting you in 

or

Fight, Flight or Freeze

Rest and Digest

it is in EITHER of these states and can never be in both. So, our body saves certain actions to perform for when we are TRULY in a rest state. For example, filtering of red and white blood cells is a non-priority during a chronic stress state. So, if we are chronically in a state of fight, flight or freeze (all of us are) there are certain actions that never get a chance to begin or complete.

Image Credit: Kenny BJ, Bordoni B. Neuroanatomy, Cranial Nerve 10 (Vagus Nerve) [Updated 2022 Nov 7]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK537171/

Releaseology Services

In person sessions include hands-on therapy with assessment of where your vagus nerve is most "stuck." The Assessment service is for those that want a deeper dive with pre- and post assessments and evaluation of every "choke point" the vagus nerve can get "stuck." I ONLY recommend virtual bookings for those that do not have the ability to see me in person - I will guide you over video how to do exercises to help improve your vagus nerve signal. COMING SOON: Heart Math is a computer program that measures heart rate variability HRV which is a HUGE measure of health and the only way to measure vagus nerve function. It is included in the Assess Vagus Nerve Harmony service. However, I will also be offering it as a standalone assessment to see where you fall between the reference ranges as well as Heart Math training to help with resilience or what they term “coherence”

Please Note: Some links on my site are affiliate links, which means that I collect a small portion of your sale, at no extra cost to you. This helps with the cost of running a website, providing services, etc.

Signs & Symptoms of Vagus Nerve Dysfunction

Symptoms & Diagnoses of
Vagus Nerve Dysfunction

Physical Stress

  • Stiffness

  • Soreness

  • Aches

  • Pains

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Migraines

  • Headaches

  • Eye Tension

  • Face Tension

  • Jaw Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Fatigue

  • Menstrual Pain

  • Flaccid Muscles

  • Choking

  • Swallowing Difficulty

  • Hoarse Voice

  • Seizures

  • More prone to Injury

Heart & Lung

  • Chest Pain

  • Asthma

  • Hyperventilation

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Irregular heart rhythm

  • Low or high blood pressure

  • Vasovagal syncope

  • Fainting

  • POTS

  • Dizziness

  • Lethargy

  • Cold hands & feet

Digestion

  • Overeating
    (no satiety)

  • Loss of appetite

  • Stomach problems (IBS)

  • Leaky Gut

  • Gallstones

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Hyperacidity
    (ulcer, heartburn)

  • Nausea

Immune System

  • Allergies

  • Frequent Flu

  • Minor infections

  • Skin problems

  • Inflammation

  • Autoimmunity

Emotional & Behavioral

  • Anger

  • Autism

  • ADHD

  • Asperger's Syndrome

  • Apathetic

  • Asocial

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Hopelessness

  • Helplessness

  • Lack of energy

  • Feeling guilty

  • Feeling ashamed

  • Irritability

  • Frustration

  • Cry Easily

  • Nervousness

  • Excessive Worry

  • Restlessness

  • Difficulty Sleeping

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feeling "out of body"

Please Note: Some links on my site are affiliate links, which means that I collect a small portion of your sale, at no extra cost to you. This helps with the cost of running a website, providing services, etc.

Ways to Improve
Vagus Nerve Function

Ways to Improve Vagus Nerve Function

besides booking a service with me, of course!

Self-Massage

Exercises

  • Scalp

  • Ears

  • Face

  • Neck

  • Shoulders

  • Hands

  • Belly

  • Feet

Book a session with me to have individual guidance on the exact massage that can help

Sounds

  • Binaural beats

  • 285 Hz

  • 528 Hz

Listen to my Spotify playlist here

Sound Production

  • Singing

  • Humming

  • "Ohm"

  • Gurgling

  • Laughing

  • Yoga

  • Pilates

  • Meditation

  • Follow me on all socials for specific exercises

Breathing

  • Belly breath non-forcefully

  • Exhale for double the time you inhale (ex: breathe in for 2, hold for 2 and exhale for 4)

  • Hands on your belly, breathing into your belly

  • Hostage Tape

Admittedly, this tape sounded super scary. But after my research with the vagus nerve, it's a FANTASTIC way to train yourself to be a nose-breather, all while you're sleeping. I slept so much deeper, too!

Supplements

  • GABA*

  • Phosphatidylcholine*

  • L-theanine*

  • Lemon Balm*

  • Parasym Plus

  • Essential Oils

Vagus Nerve Stimulators

  • Ve-relief by Hoolest (10% off with code: RELEASEOLOGY)

  • Gamma Core

  • Veterans can speak with the VA to get one for free

Cold Exposure

  • Stick your head in ice water

  • Cold shower

  • Cold towel or ice pack

  • Cold Plunge

  • Cryotherapy

*belly breath through the process

*try to get neck/vagus nerve in the cold

Peace by Pure is full of fresh, sweet, and earthy vibes to help you find your calm. Using a blend of tangerine, orange, patchouli, blue tansy and German chamomile blue its aroma lulls you into a tranquil state of mind, especially at bedtime! Add a few drops to a warm bath or apply it the bottoms of your feet before you fall asleep. To order a bottle, you need to sign-up for Melaleuca where you can order other essential oils, non-toxic cleaning, health and beauty supplies at wholesale prices! Book a call with me here

If you have any questions, please reach out to me

Text and e-mail is the fastest way, since I'm usually with a client

Please Note: Some links on my site are affiliate links, which means that I collect a small portion of your sale, at no extra cost to you. This helps with the cost of running a website, providing services, etc.

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