Dr. Fiorini and Dr. Atkinson at Fiorini Chiropractic Center in Tallahassee, Florida understand that the vagus nerve is one of the most important nerves in the body. It controls some very important automatic functions of the body like heart rate, breathing, digestion, control of your hormones and so much more.  This nerve begins in the brain stem and then continues through the spine to the heart, lungs, esophagus, digestive tract, reproductive organs, and many others. Typical bodily function relies on the ability of nerves, in this case the vagus nerve, to send and receive messages to and from the brain to the other organs of the body.

The vagus nerve is especially of interest to Chiropractors like those at Fiorini Chiropractic Center in Tallahassee, Florida due to the link with the nerves and the upper neck in particular the Atlas or C1.  If the upper neck becomes misaligned or loses it’s ability to move normally, the information through the vagus nerve becomes interrupted. The Chiropractic doctors at Fiorini Chiropractic assess the alignment of the upper part of the spine to assure better transmission of nerve impulses through the vagus nerve.

One of the best examinations that has been found to assess the function and efficiency of the vagus nerve comes from heart rate variability or HRV.  HRV measures vagus nerve activity. A higher HRV indicates better functioning and therefore a healthier more balanced body.

Many chronic diseases have been linked to abnormal function of the vagus nerve by recent medical research.  This research assessed vagus nerve functioning through HRV testing. The research revealed an increase in episodes of heart disease, cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with lower HRV readings. The Higher HRV readings were linked to a lowered risk of chronic disease. Higher HRV readings were also associated with lower rates of death, longer survival for some cancer patients, and lowered levels of pre-diabetes.

The Vagus nerve is also associated with a specific part of the brain which is known as the frontal lobe, which is directly related to the regulation of human behaviors. People with higher vagus nerve activity have a reduced risk of major chronic disease and even lowered general inflammation. The research indicates that both physicians and other health policy makers should start to use HRV routinely to predict and possibly prevent major diseases. Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic plays a very important role in reducing chronic disease by reducing malalignment of the upper cervical spine which, according to the research, has a direct influence on the vagus nerve.

The newest research from 2018 proves that an Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustment improves HRV by helping the vagus nerve to function more normally. Improvement in vagus nerve activity is essential to regulate the functioning of the automatic nervous system, which lowers chronic disease risk, and decreases death rates. Better health within the nervous system is only a portion of the many benefits people can experience through regular chiropractic care. Everyone deserves the health care benefits of Chiropractic!

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