A presentation at Heritage University @ CBC Week 13 in
November 2021 in
Pasco, WA 99301, USA by
VAGUS NERVE An Introduction
Judy Dirks, LMHC
Mind, Body, Spirit, Relationships All Connected
• Sensorimotor psychotherapy1: A comprehensive therapy that uses the body as both a source of information and intervention targets. • Practitioners of somatic therapy view the mind and body as intrinsically linked. They also believe that trauma and other chronic negative emotions can get trapped inside our bodies and affect our mental health even further.
Therapeutic approach which engages the body awareness as a powerful tool and intervention in therapy.
Uses body awareness, movement, here and now grounding Teaches calming skills through co-regulation and self-regulation of nervous system Supports staying curious about body sensations, thoughts and awarenesses in and around the self
Internal alarm system
receive general sensory information (pressure. temputure, pain and vibration) receive specific information from senses integrate sensory and bodily information and processes generate responses
Branches of the Nervous System
Enteric System regulates the gut Sympathetic System flight, fight, freeze and fawn Parasympathetic System regulates rest and digest
VAGUS NERVES ARE IN BOTH PARASYMPATHETIC AND SYMPATHETIC
Vagus Nerve 80% of information comes through organs to the brain through the vagus nerve Impacts nearly every organ in the body
Prevents inflammation, controls breathing, strengthens memory, controls heart rate, relays information from face to the brain, impacts creativity, higher cognitive functions and decision making.
Ventral (right) side of vagus nerve
Facial muscles Inner ear Heart Lungs All parts connected to Social Engagement. Myelinated ( moves quickly )
Dorsal Vagus (left side of body)
Abdomen and lower organs Guts (gut knowing) Liver, Kidneys, Gallbladder, Pancreas Not myelinated
Vagus Nerve controls wellness vs disease When damaged or low vagal tone Diabetes Weight management and appetite Gastroparesis, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Food Sensitivities Difficulty swallowing Parkinson’s Cardiovascular disease Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Sleep Problems And more
Polyvagal Theory: Stephen Porges
There is a 3rd System: The Social Nerve System We are hard wired to be in groups and to be socially engaged. We use the face, eyes, ears to make those connections We seek balance and to be harmonious inside and outside When socially isolated more likely to go into fight, flight, freeze or fawn
FACIAL VAGUS NERVES • Always aware in social situations of what feels safe or doesn’t feel safe
Increasing Vagul Tone: Stimulate Parasympathetic Nervous System
Singing, Humming, Chanting, Gargling Deep Slow Breathing Practice Laughter and Socializing Omega-3 Fatty Acid Meditation, Yoga, and Exercise Massage
Social Media • https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8Cuwwra/
View SOWK 486 - Week 13 - Vagus Nerve with Guest Presenter Judy Dirks.
A guest presentation by Judy Dirks regarding the Vagus Nerve