Praise for Corrections for Vagus Nerve Involvement

Dr. Kelly Fortier

This was incredibly worthwhile as each week had a bite sized amount of content so you can really learn the material at a good pace, and implement what you've learned on the table. I loved the drip content and the Q and A sessions that brought everything together and in a practical way. I loved the adjustment technique for addressing an anterior atlas and first rib. I am using these adjustments daily! I am already incorporating it in practice. The different places for vagus nerve entrapment, the new adjustments I've learned, and how to assess the occiput and upper neck especially, with more intent and specificity.

I would recommend this course, because the material is SO relevant in this day and age, especially when dealing with the downfall of the pandemic and the huge increase in vagal nerve dysfunction. The assessment is straightforward, gentle, and specific.

I have been caring for the pediatric population for over 14 years now and I absolutely love it. What I found extremely beneficial about this course is its relevance to this period of time, the clarity it has brought me with regards to how and where the vagus nerve can be compressed/tractioned, and how we can be so specific in our analysis and adjustments to really help our patients. I found the bite sized weekly classes perfect. I found the videos very beneficial, and do NOT MISS the Q and A sessions for more clarity. I really looked forward to each week as we went through the course, and the homework helped me really learn the material. Even though I could not be physically present, I found this layout to be a great pace for me, and hopefully when I can get back to in person learning, I will be that much more informed to really get the most out of the hands-on learning. Thank you for an awesome 10 weeks!

Rosemarie Cartagine, DC, MS, CNS

The program offered a comprehensive approach to the subject. The academic content was rounded out by the clinical applications discussed in the doctors sharing sessions. Your responsiveness to questions and/or concerns is very timely and appreciated.

I have another protocol and tool to use, especially for the chronic, diffusely symptomatic presenting patients. One of the most significant things learned was to consider the path of the vagus nerve and clear all the positive findings along the path and to recheck the indicators as confirmation in addition to the patient’s subject response. A patient with chronic burping was evaluated using the protocol and after the occipital compression, atlas anteriority, first rib, and psoas release there was an immediate cessation of burping and general ease in her abdomen.

Your passion and commitment to teaching what you obviously feel so positively about is inspiring. Thankfully the recordings made it easy to repeat sections if in your excitement you spoke too quickly! Both of you made me more curious to continue learning SOT techniques. Thank You!

Norri Collier, D.C.

I decided to take this course because the vagus nerve has received a lot of attention in social media. So I thought it would be good to study the vagus nerve again and the adjusting techniques specific to influencing the vagus nerve.

My 3 take away would be:
1. identifying occipital side slip versus compression.
2. Using the indicators to show the patient how patient how clearing the occiput and Atlas clears the indicators.
3. Familiarizing myself with the track of the Vagus nerve and relating it to adjusting procedures.



I was struck by the clearing of most indicators with the proper adjustment of Atlas occiput. One patient comes to mind who had developed a cough that was uncontrollable and happened only when he was sitting. I used these procedures and his cough has not returned.

I was reluctant to take an online program... This was my 1st time taking a serious course online. I found the presentations to be concise, well prepared and organized. I appreciated being able to listen to them multiple times as they were packed with information.

Dr. Pat Lydy

I took this course because I did not feel like I was providing as comprehensive upper cervical care as I thought possible for my patients. Three takeaways from this program is that it is very thorough, with detailed instructions and I had the ability to watch the classes multiple times, I have already helped infants and adults improve their health, I have used it on many long-standing patients with excellent results, it has given me more confidence in my ability to diagnose and treat my patients.

I have a grandma that has been a patient of our office for years. She is raising a granddaughter who is 11 years old. I changed the posters in our office so that a poster on the importance of pediatric care was emphasized. I placed it on the wall right beside my adjusting table. The grandma noticed it and began asking about her granddaughter. Turns out she had a horrible delivery and walks very bound with her neck and shoulders compressed. The grandma described her gait as lumbering. She is on an IEP as a struggling reader. She is on Medicaid of which we do not take but I could not knowingly refuse care for this patient so I am treating her at no charge. I have only seen her four times and she said she no longer feels she has a heavy weight on her shoulders, she could not walk heel to toe without falling, etc. Her tutor has noticed a vast improvement in her reading since receiving these four adjustments. She is able to balance on one leg and easily walk heel to toe. Everyone is thrilled with her progress.

I appreciate the effort you both have put into making this class detailed and thorough which has enabled even me at almost 65 years of age to be able to learn it and use the techniques to make a difference in the lives of my patients! Blessings to both of you!

Sarah Tremblay, D.C.

Vagus is often a topic we discuss in practice and I wanted to learn more about helping people who struggle with stress on that nerve. I love having a specific protocol for assessment and correction and this was a lovely addition to my usual technique. I've already begun adding in some of the tests and assessments and corrections.

I think every chiropractor would benefit from more info and strategies to support vagal health. This course has helped me to strengthen my knowledge and skills to support the many people in my practice who suffer from heightened stress. I loved that the course focuses on pediatric care and that the techniques used for assessment and correction are gentle and applicable to people of all ages.

Dr. Ines Moniz Ramos

I've decided to take this course because I wanted to deepen my knowledge about the vagus nerve function and imbalances and how to address it when it gets compressed/tractioned. The program is very well structured, with a good learning pace. Knowing the widespread effect that vagus nerve dysfunction can have in the body and learning how to correct it provides us with a more holistic approach. Techniques learned in this program are well explained, in a practical way.

Since I've taken this program I was able to better evaluate both pediatric and adult patients in regards to symptomatology related to the autonomic nervous system. This has had a profound impact in how patients recover overall health and wellbeing. I used these techniques with an adult patient with several digestive issues plus symptomatology in the Cervical and Upper Thoracic Region. Upon evaluation, I found a left occipital compression, with a right occipital sideslip. After correcting the occiput, I've checked the atlas, 1st rib, diaphragm and psoas, correcting what was involved using the techniques taught in the program. I've finished the session with the temporal bone evaluation and correction. The patient was amazed with the change he felt on those digestive issues (dramatically improved reflux).

Just want to appreciate once more all the work that you've put into making these programs available to us.... Thank you!!

I took this course to gain a deeper understanding of how chiropractic adjustments can enhance and support the vagus nerve specifically. I feel that in the last few years I have seen a lot of unqualified health practitioners/life coaches, etc. throwing the term 'vagal tone' and downplaying its role by listing vague exercises that people can do to enhance it without any assessment or understanding of it. Sometimes I have parents that come in and say they've googled things to help their child develop vagal tone etc. As a chiropractor that stresses the importance of a well-regulated nervous system and having the knowledge and tools to do so, it made sense for me to do a course specifically dedicated to the vagus nerve to benefit my clients.

This course has given me more clarity and depth to how chiropractic adjustments specifically address where the vagus nerve may be irritated. In particular, I've found it more helpful with explaining to Mums when they bring in their bubs, how a small adjustment at the correct place can change a whole host of symptoms that bub is presenting with. You don't need to correct everything head to toe, just spend more time trying to locate the area where the irritation is. I'm even spending less time in the session as I'm looking for certain findings. The course has given me more specificity when assessing clients and adjusting with a plan and how to recheck after the adjustment instead of relying on Mums reporting the issue is improving.

I'm applying the knowledge from this course more with my paediatric clients. From applying my SOT knowledge, it was common for me to perform dural releases, clear out the occiput (normally traction or posterior), sacrum and HH and ICV releases. It was the first time I had heard of to also check the 1st rib/clavicle and anterior Atlas. It makes sense when you follow the vagus nerves path along the osseous structures! This assessment is part of my adjusting protocols now and I have found that with every paediatric client that the results and alleviation of symptoms are much faster. i.e. I'm seeing faster results in the visit and by the 2nd 3rd visit already. I was getting good results before but now I know and am seeing even better and faster results. The assessment and corrections for the vagus nerve makes sense, is clinically relevant and parents get it.

Thanks for creating a great and well thought out course for chiropractors to learn and benefit from. It's very versatile and can easily be incorporated into care regardless of technique preference.

Dr. Diane Dinh

Dr. Vanessa Moorcroft

Thank you so much for the fantastic course! I decided to take the course as we see so many babies with reflux, colic, and nervous irritability. Adolescents that are otherwise “healthy” with vaso-vagal syncope, etc. who doctors can’t help, and adults in severe sympathetic overdrive who have burn-out, stomach and digestive issues with no apparent causes, etc. I wanted to know more to be able to help these patients better.

I see the immense impact of the Vagus nerve and how many patients have these restrictions which I wasn’t able to accurately assess or treat in this much detail before! Last week I had an (adult) new patient with 2 episodes of hyperextension injuries to her neck, medically unexplainable stomach pain directly after and a clicky sensation in her cervico-thoracic junction as well. Corrected C1 and occipital compression, and the next couple of days she said she slept better, and had fewer episodes of acute stomach flair-ups. Continuing treatment and we’re seeing how it goes. Good start so far! Going to move on to CT junction/clavicle and see what happens.

Thank you for a wonderful program! Was extremely insightful and I’m looking forward to implementing more of these techniques on my patients and looking forward to see how we can help them better.

Diana Galish-Frasier, DC

I took this course because the Vagus nerve is crucial in having us best able to adapt to our environments physically, physiologically, mentally and emotionally. I liked the specificity of your evaluation, the step by step assessment and the ability to interact on your platform. I’ll be incorporating it on my humongous family in “retirement” and in the next chapter of my life.

I took the vagus nerve class because I wanted to learn more about the vagus nerve and ways that I could use what I learned to help my patients. I already do some cranial work and thought it would add more to what I already do

Already I can see additional ways it is helping my patients and it has reinforced what I already know to do but now I have a better understanding. I’m getting faster and better results with patients with occipital issues. I’m not sure the vagus nerve is always the primary issue with these patients but I’m more focused that it could be an additional issue to take care of.

I would tell others it is a good anatomical review. The techniques for corrections are easy and easy to slip into their treatment protocols and all this presents us with an additional tool to treat patients. It is a class I will recommend to colleagues. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this class.

Alicia Loaiza, DC

The content interested me and knowing the effect and impact Vagus can have on the body, I was keen to learn more. Having learnt about the vagus nerve over the years, and using different techniques in bits and pieces, this course seemed to put it all together. I liked that it was drip-fed over the weeks, which mostly allowed me to stay on top of things.

Never underestimate the power this nerve has on the body – both negative when it’s not functioning well and positively when it is. It is almost the ‘go-to’ thing to always check. It’s still early days, but I feel I am delivering better adjustments. I’m still working on some of the corrections, but feel I am making a change. I am constantly looking at the shape of people’s heads/faces looking for asymmetry. A 4 month old baby with reflux, sleeping issues, crying, wasn’t turning his head evenly both ways – has had a great improvement in only a few visits. I used the CMRT techniques, jugular foramen decompression, anterior C1.

I enjoyed the course and I felt all the bits and pieces I’ve learnt about Vagus over the years have been put together in a more systematic way. Reading about other DC’s cases on the Facebook study group is another great learning tool. Thanks!

Dr. Catherine Galati

Adam Cullinan, DC

I decided to take this course for my interest in the Vagus nerve and its global influence on the body. My three takeaways are the protocol for relieving stress along the nerve, the main compression points and how to approach them and the three visceral reflexes and the C1/C2 dural release. I use the protocol for the occipital slips, upper cervical a lot as they are easy to include. This is a technique/protocol that I'm very pleased to have access to and am very grateful to have done the course. I incorporate the approach with almost every patient.

Thank you for the opportunity to do this course.

Diana Galish-Frasier, DC

I took this course because I was interested in learning more about the Vagus nerve, symptoms associated with its irritation and how to correct this in order to better serve my patients. The course is really interesting, the information is presented in a way that is easy to understand and the homework really helps to better retain the presented information.

I really enjoyed the online and video format, with the schedule and email reminders. I also really enjoyed and appreciate the dedication Drs. Rosen and Watson demonstrate by answering questions and going over the assignments, and through the posts in the Facebook group. I would 100% recommend this course and plan on taking more courses that you offer. Thank you so much for offering this and for your dedication to our profession by sharing your knowledge.