What Is Paired Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)?

The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body and the superhighway of the nervous system.
It sends messages between your brain and many parts of the body. Mild electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve activates the parts of the brain that are important for motor learning. For over 25 years, safe VNS implantation procedures have been performed to treat other nerve-related conditions such as epilepsy.
"Vivistim takes whatever you're doing in rehab and helps make it more effective. I highly recommend Paired VNS Therapy for other stroke patients."
— Rick, Vivistim User

Paired VNS can help create new neural pathways.

Millions of stroke survivors suffer from continued impairment in their hands and arms at 3 to 6 months following a stroke. This is often called a recovery plateau, which means their condition stops improving. At this point, the problem isn’t in the strength of the muscles but in the brain or the nerves. Research indicates that moving past the recovery plateau requires neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to form new neural pathways.1

That’s why Paired VNS is now a breakthrough treatment for stroke survivors to improve their hand and arm function.
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