Vagus Nerve Disorders

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In pediatric chiropractic, there are many conditions, disorders, and symptoms that can be linked to the Vagus Nerve, including Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Asthma, Allergies, Colic, Reflux, Constipation, Sensory issues, Headaches, Exhaustion, and Gastroparesis. The Vagus Nerve is nicknamed the "wandering nerve" because it originates from the brainstem, travels down along the cervical spine, and spreads throughout much of the upper body, controlling vital heart, lungs, and digestive functions. Recent research shows that the Vagus Nerve also helps regulate mood, emotions, and behavior, and plays a crucial role in regulating the immune system by lowering inflammation.

Vagus Nerve Disorders can negatively affect almost every element of a child's health, especially the "basics" of eating, pooping, and sleeping, as well as the motor system, immune system, communication (speech), and emotional regulation. The symptoms of Vagus Nerve Disorders can be vast and far-reaching, affecting multiple functions at once. They can include abdominal pain, bloating, acid reflux, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, fainting, hoarseness, wheezing, loss of appetite, feeling full quickly, unexplained weight loss, nausea, vomiting, constipation, heart rate and blood pressure challenges, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

The causes of Vagus Nerve Disorders typically stem from previous infections, inflammation, and physical or psychological stress, such as diabetes, viral infections, abdominal surgery, scleroderma, extreme heat, long periods of standing or exercise, dehydration, and straining actions such as coughing or bowel movements. Birth trauma, such as prolonged labor or using instruments like forceps during delivery, can potentially cause damage to the Vagus Nerve.
COVID can also impact the autonomic nervous system and the Vagus Nerve, making it difficult to treat with standard respiratory infection drugs.

Chiropractic adjustments can help address subluxation and dysautonomia to alleviate symptoms such as difficulty swallowing and tasting food, loss of smell and appetite, general fatigue and exhaustion, reflux, nausea, bloating, and other digestive problems, as well as emotional dysregulation, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

If you’ve tried every prescription, over-the-counter medication, and a whole host of other natural remedies but still have lingering “long COVID” symptoms, consider checking with us to see if they can help.

If you suspect that you or your child are struggling with Vagus Nerve Dysfunction, subluxation, and dysautonomia, then going through our Clinical Process will be super helpful. Not only will you get the neurological scans run to find the exact level of dysfunction within the nervous system, but you’ll be able to have an in-depth consultation and conversation with us.

We understand the Vagus Nerve and everything connected to it better than any other health practitioner. From there, they’ll create a personalized, customized care plan just for you or your child to ensure activation and stimulation of the Vagus Nerve front and center!


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3:00pm - 6:00pm


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Vanella Chiropractic

4661 Haygood Rd #110
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

(757) 982-8989