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Brain Stem

The brain stem region is important for a vast majority of functions in our body. We need to make sure that this communication is at the ideal state at all times to optimize function in our body. When we start to see a loss of the curvature in the neck region, the brain stem area begins to close down. When this area restricts this puts pressure on the nervous system tissue which results in reduced conduction leading to decreased signal and communication. That loss of communication leads to dysfunction in the area in demand. The nerves that are listed below are found origination at the brain stem level.

IV. Trochlear Nerve- Used primarily for eye movement.

V. Trigeminal Nerve- Gives both feeling and motor to the eyes and face regions.

VI. Abducens Nerve- Used for specific eye movement.

VII. Facial Nerve- Used for movement of face muscles, tear production, saliva production, taste and feeling of the external ear.

VIII. Vestibulocochlear Nerve- Used for hearing and balance/coordination.

IX. Glossopharyngeal Nerve- Used for feeling in the throat, ear and tongue. Also controls the main throat muscle.

X. Vagus Nerve- Motor control to the heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. Also used to control palate muscles and sensation in the ear.

XI. Accessory Nerve- Motor control of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and trapezius muscle.

XII. Hypoglossal Nerve- Used to control tongue movement.

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