The Ear as a Polyvagal Portal: Neuro-auricular modulation for clinical application of 3 developmental response systems

The Ear as a Polyvagal Portal: Neuro-auricular modulation for clinical application of 3 developmental response systems

Portal to the wandering nerve: Did you know that you can directly access neural pathways of the body via the ear to help clients/patients move toward healing with greater ease? Neuroscientists are using the ear to access the major nerve branches of the body, and research into neuro-auricular modulation has grown in depth and breadth in the past two decades.[1-8] More specifically, the therapeutic use of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS)[9-10] has gained attention across...


Spinal Cord Injury: Is the vagus nerve our neural connectome? Citation: (Edgerton, 2018)

With a schematic explaining the effects of vagus nerve and spinal cord stimulations on neural networks, Edgerton and Gad present a short review of the implications of the vagus nerve being able to mediate the time-dependent plasticity of an array of sensorimotor networks. Considering and based on findings by Ganzer et al., they summarize four fundamental biological concepts regarding the vagus nerve. “The vagus nerve mediates physiological systems (including sensorimotor and autonomic system...