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Love & Guts

May 31, 2023

#281 Emrys is the director and principal clinician at Athletica Physical Health and has owned and operated clinics for over 15 years. In addition to practicing as a Musculoskeletal Therapist. He is the writer and presenter of the Vagal Complex and the Vagus Nerve Stimulation Certification programs. He also presents for Astir Australia in Shockwave Therapy. Previously, he was the Senior Lecturer for the Department of Musculoskeletal Therapy at the Endeavour College of Natural Health, a position he held for over 9 years. 

Emrys originally trained as a classical ballet dancer at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne. He went on to join the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company as a company artist where he danced ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, A Million Kisses to My Skin, and many more. After having his own health troubles, he decided to retire from ballet and moved back to Australia. The following year he enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Science (Musculoskeletal Therapy).

Emrys works on the cause of patients' conditions with a particular focus on nerve pain and the role of the brain to gut axis (including the vagus nerve).

In this episode, we cover:

  • What the vagus nerve is
  • What is the role of vagus nerve stimulation in regulating inflammation 
  • It's potential in microbiome dysregulation
  • Emry’s thoughts on using a TENS machine for at-home stimulation of the VN
  • Other at-home applications that may be useful
  • Ways that vagus tone may be assessed
  • Emrys shares information on the practitioner training he has available
  • and so much more