Friday Fast Fix Kinesiology Tip - Vagus Nerve Balancing
The one where Sue sings…and with good reason.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms they could be signs of an imbalanced vagus nerve:
• Digestive disturbances
• Emotionally sensitive
• Unable to relax
• Irregular/rapid heart beat
• Feeling faint/dizzy
• Coughing or the need to clear your throat
• A voice that is hoarse or croaky
• Stress incontinence
• Stressed out – tired but wired.
The vagus nerve controls muscles in our neck and is a fundamental part of the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system – the part of our nervous system which is not under our conscious control. The ‘tone’ of the vagus nerve is important. Having higher vagal tone means that our bodies can relax faster after stress, digest well, sleep better and generally function on a higher level all round.
As the vagus nerve is one of the biggest nerves sending signals in both directions connecting your gut and brain, gut health is key for emotional health and emotional health and is key for gut health.
Oh and why did I sing…The vagus nerve is connected to your vocal cords and the muscles at the back of your throat. Singing, humming, chanting and gargling can activate these muscles and stimulate your vagus nerve. And this has been shown to increase heart-rate variability and vagal tone. Give it a go and see how this will help with the symptoms above.
These easy to use technique is a quick and easy way to help tone the vagus nerve and to bring your body into balance.