cranial nerve 10, CN X
The Vagus Nerve
is the longest cranial nerve within our body
It originates in the brain stem which regulates breathing and blood pressure and communicates with many body parts such as a few taste buds, the outer ear, the carotid artery but mostly the internal organs such as the heart, lungs, spleen, and digestive tract – the stomach, small and large intestine, colon, liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
When you receive a massage you are usually seeking to decrease pain, anxiety, increase mobility, and or feelings of well-being.
Once you reach these goals through the appropriate treatment, you are helping your body become optimal by allowing your vagus nerve to work at its highest capacity.
Fight or Flight
The sympathetic nervous system, fight or flight mode, is active when you are experiencing pain, discomfort, stress, anxiety, or nervousness.
Rest and Digest
The parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digestion, is active when you are at rest, calm, and at peace.
This is an important way of beginning to allow your body to digest food and nurture your body with the nutrients it needs to rejuvenate and repair itself.
When you reach these goals through the appropriate treatment, you are helping your body become optimal by allowing your vagus nerve to work at its highest capacity.
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