All nerves function on electricity.
If there is a power surge (trauma), the breaker is designed to flip to protect the entire system from being damaged. This is the principle of cranial nerve dysfunction.
There are 12 nerves that control the most basic of your functions and are located in your brainstem. These nerves of the brainstem are referred to as cranial nerves and it is their job to keep us alive and feeling safe.
The 5th nerve is called the trigeminal and it is a big deal. (Also referred to by the Roman numeral V which represents the number 5). The three divisions are referred to as V1, V2 and V3 that serve the areas of the forehead, cheekbone and lower jaw respectively.
This one nerve :
The trigeminal nerve is the "loud talker" of all of the nerves of the head and neck. In other words, if #5 isn't happy, nobody is happy in the aspect of cranial nerve function.
The 5th nerve has huge influences with the neighbors and family members of this nerve: The emotional system and the autonomic nervous system which balances the fight/flight and rest/digest functions in our body.
In addition, it has an enormous influence on another really important part of our brainstem: the locus coeruleus (aka the "LC"). Basically, the LC controls our perception of how much (or little) we have achieved balance in the biggest nerve of our brainstem. If you want to learn more about the LC, please scroll down to the next section and download the publication. Buckle up, though. It's very technical but totally amazing.
In other words, if there is an imbalance or irritation in the area that this nerve is responsible for reporting to the brain, the entire family of nerves will be upset - including those that are responsible for feelings of rest, digest, anxiety, fighting, running away, fainting, sleeping, breathing, swallowing, shoulder tension, athletic performance and emotional balance.
And that's probably the short list of what we believe to be influenced by the trigeminal system with our current limitations to understanding the immense power of this neurological powerhouse.
So if it is so important for the 5th nerve to be happy, what are we doing about it?
I hope that together we can find the answers.
Until then, we need to rely on the wisdom of nature and the guidance that science provides for us as we learn more about the mysteries and powers of the 5th nerve.
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One of the primary goals of ALF Therapy and Wholistic Orthodontics is to respect, understand and harness the power of this influential nerve in the concept of human function and wellness.