The Atlas & Gut Health

Do you suffer from Gastrointestinal disorders? An Atas adjustment may help.

The gut is the largest organ in the body. It is also referred to as a “second brain” because the gut and brain are directly connected through the Vagus Nerve. The Vagus Nerve extends from the brain all the way to the colon, and branches out connecting with other major organs. This nerve, along with a few other cranial nerves, comes down from the cranium through the jugular foramen, which is right in front of the Atlas bone.

The Vagus Nerve, also known as the tenth cranial nerve, is the longest and most important nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls our “rest and digest” response. The other part of the autonomic nervous system is the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s “flight or fight” response. When “flight or fight” mode is on, it slows down the movement of food through the GI tract to conserve energy for survival. A misalignment of the Atlas can contribute to miscommunication between the brain and gut via the Vagus Nerve, therefore the body may not be able to effectively transition into “rest and digest” mode. An underactive Vagus Nerve delays emptying, slowing down digestion, and can contribute to inflammation, heartburn + reflux, bloating, loose stools, and hiccups.

Keeping your Atlas in alignment helps the signals of the Vagus Nerve remain active and strong from the brain to the gut, reducing the chances of chronic GI symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing any Gastrointestinal disorders, make an appointment to check for an Atlas misalignment.