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Dr. Chris Kleronomos Explains Vagus Nerve Stimulation For Chronic And Complex Pain

Dr. Chris Kleronomos Explains Vagus Nerve Stimulation For Chronic And Complex Pain

In an episode of the Health Upgrade Podcast, Dr. Chris Kleronomos, the medical director of MediPro, talks about the importance of vagus nerve stimulation in addressing pain management, chronic dysfunction, inflammation, and mental health. This vagus nerve is a vital nerve responsible for regulating numerous bodily functions, including heart rate, digestion, and even mood. He talks about stimulating this "wandering" nerve to address chronic pain and dysfunction, inflammation, mental health issues, and much more. 

Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is one of the most important nerves in our body. It's a long and intricate nerve that runs from the brainstem down to the abdomen, connecting with major organs like the heart, lungs, liver, and digestive tract along the way.

The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates many "rest-and-digest" functions in our body. This includes reducing inflammation, slowing down the heart rate and breathing, promoting digestion, and stimulating relaxation responses.

How Does Vagus Nerve Stimulation Work?

The vagus nerve plays a crucial role in regulating many bodily functions, such as heart rate, digestion, and breathing. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) involves sending electrical impulses to the vagus nerve to improve its function.

When the electrical impulses are delivered, they activate specific receptors on the vagus nerve that send signals to various parts of the brain and body. These signals help regulate inflammation levels, reduce stress responses, and enhance mood by increasing the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin.

Additionally, VNS can increase parasympathetic nervous system activity, which promotes relaxation response in our body, helping us feel calmer and more centered. This is especially useful for those struggling with anxiety or depression.

The Benefits of Vagus Nerve Stimulation 

Vagus nerve stimulation has been found to provide numerous benefits for overall health and well-being. One major benefit is its ability to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help alleviate symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Stimulating the vagus nerve has also been shown to improve mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. This is because the nerve plays a crucial role in regulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us relax and feel calm.

In addition, vagus nerve stimulation can enhance our immune response by increasing the production of certain antibodies that fight off infection. It may also improve metabolic function by regulating blood sugar levels and reducing insulin resistance.

For those suffering from chronic pain, stimulating the vagus nerve may offer relief without relying on medication or surgery. And for women experiencing menopause-related symptoms or fertility issues, it could potentially regulate reproductive hormones.

Wish to learn more? Listen to the podcast here:

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Chronic and Complex Pain ft. Dr. Chris Kleronomos - Health Upgrade Podcast

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