How Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation Helps

The Vagus Nerve runs from the brain stem and through the neck, and is able to be stimulated using carefully placed nodes on the outer ear. The Vagus Nerve is responsible for regulating heart rate, digestion, sweating and a variety of muscles. You could say its operations are extensive.

For years doctors have been using Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in the successful treatment of depression, obesity, epilepsy and more. These gentle pulses of electricity to the nerve can also be used to treat brain injuries, stroke, headaches and other related issues. It brings great upside including:

  • Alternative To Invasive Surgery
  • Can Treat a Wide Range of Conditions
  • Safe, Low-Risk Treatment
  • Over 25 Years Of Effective Treatment History

Broadview is pleased to offer VNS as an option to our patients with concussion and other brain injuries. We perform careful assessment beforehand, including medical history, to ensure that this treatment is suitable.

This approach has been reviewed in the scientific literature to help with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), migraine and cluster headaches, Autism, blood-brain barrier repair and motor function after traumatic brain injury; depression, memory, motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, inflammation and trigeminal pain.

When some clinicians perform Vagus Nerve Stimulation, they may require out-patient treatment due to the invasive nature of the procedure. At Broadview Spine & health Centre in Ottawa, however, we use a non-invasive treatment method that takes advantage of the nerve’s proximity to the outer ear.

Many patients are candidates for transcranial vagus nerve stimulation, though it is contraindicated for some. To find out more or to book an appointment, contact us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike traditional Vagus Nerve Stimulation that may require out-patient treatment due to its invasive treatment method, at Broadview Spine & Health Clinic we use Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation reducing the risk of any potential side effects from the treatment. This is done through a non-invasive treatment method that utilizes the nerve’s proximity to the outer ear. Overall Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a safer and less invasive method of treatment than traditional Vagus Nerve Stimulation, however not everyone is a candidate for the procedure.

To find out if you are a potential candidate for Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation contact Broadview at (613) 728-2929 today.

The Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a non-invasive procedure that takes advantage of the nerve’s proximity to the outer ear as opposed to traditional vagus nerve stimulation which uses surgical implantation under the skin typically in the chest region.

To find out if you are a potential candidate for Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation, contact Broadview clinic today.

Many of our patients are candidates for Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation. To find out whether or not you are a potential candidate for Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation, contact Broadview at (613) 728-2929 today to book a consult with our team.

Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation has been shown as an effective treatment for several disorders and health issues including:

  • Chronic depression
  • Head injuries
  • Concussions
  • Headaches
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Obesity
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

To learn more about Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation, contact Broadview at (613) 728-2929 today.