Autonomic Nervous Systems Testing

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Autonomic Nervous Systems Testing

Autonomic tests measure how the systems in the body that are controlled by the autonomic nerves respond to stimulation. The data collected during testing will indicate if the autonomic nervous system is functioning as it should, or if nerve damage has occurred.

What is it?

The nervous system has three parts: motor, sensory and autonomic. The autonomic system manages all internal functions such as blood pressure, blood flow, and sweating. Autonomic tests are conducted to see if the autonomic nervous system is functioning normally.

Why do it?

Autonomic testing can help determine if you are suffering from certain diseases that attack the autonomic nervous system, or as a way to diagnose an illness, or source of pain.

How is it performed?

To see if a disease is affecting the autonomic nervous system, several tests are done to monitor blood pressure, blood flow, heart rate, skin temperature, and sweating. By measuring these functions, it is possible to discover whether or not the autonomic nervous system is functioning normally.

Tests to measure blood pressure and heart rate include the tilt table test, a deep breathing test and the Valsalva maneuver. The tilt table test requires you lie on a table that is then raised. The deep breathing test requires you to take deep breaths for a minute. The Valsalva maneuver requires that you blow into a tube to increase pressure in the chest. While these simple tests are performed, blood pressure and heart rate are monitored.

How will it feel?

All Autonomic Nervous Systems testing performed at Smart Neuro Health is non-invasive and painless.