Have you ever fainted? It is estimated that nearly 40% of adults in America have experienced a fainting episode. There can be several causes for fainting, but in short, fainting or syncope as it is called happens because of a sudden drop in blood pressure. The majority of the time syncope happens because of a neurological reflex (which controls the blood pressure). The vagus nerve, which controls things such as heart rate, heart rhythm, digestive functions, vascular tone, and regulates insulin is involved in these syncopal episodes. The diagram above lists some of the many responsibilities of this amazing nerve.
The vagus nerve flows from the brain stem through the atlas bone (the top cervical bone in your neck). Therefore, any tiny subluxation of the atlas or axis bones in your neck can have an enormous impact on any of the regulatory tasks of the vagus nerve. Imagine a subluxation as a pressure point or impairment on the vagus nerve that then interrupts the flow of the nerve down to your vital organs. When these interruptions are not corrected, the body's natural reflex is to lower blood pressure and then fainting occurs.
A case study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research followed a 57-year old female who had been fainting regularly for 20 years whenever she would turn her head to the left. She tried numerous solutions for 20 years and still fainted often. She then turned to chiropractic and her physician found a significant subluxation in her upper neck. This subluxation was affecting the flow of the vagus nerve. She was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope. The amazing outcome of this woman's case after specific chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical bones resulted in no fainting episodes. A complete healing after 20 years of fainting! In our office, we specialize in upper cervical adjustments just like what this woman received. 20 years of suffering gone while under chiropractic care! The human body is an amazing thing!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
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Charlotte, NC 28214
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Friedman, R., DC, & Friedman, A., DC. (2018). Resolution of Vasovagal Syncope (VVS) Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the Literature. J. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2018, 1-12.