What is an ANS Analysis?

The ANS Analysis measures the autonomic nervous system via the heart rate variability (HRV).

ANS Analysis is a very simple and fast method to show how well our body’s primary control center, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is working and performing its regulatory duties. With its two main divisions, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system (or vagus), the ANS represents a superordinate control center in the body. It controls and regulates subordinate processes and all vital functions, including blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, immune system, endocrine system, digestive system, energy supply, etc.

Logic behind the ANS Analysis

When a superordinate system controls and regulates subordinate systems, the functional state of the superordinate system is the most important diagnostic parameter.

Introduction ANS Analysis

As the heart is controlled directly by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, it acts as an effector organ to measure the autonomic nervous system. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system register and process internal and external stimuli. They initiate the proper reactions (regulation) in order to optimally prepare the organism according to the needs of the moment (e.g. energy supply in times of sudden danger).

A malfunction of the ANS with an overactive sympathetic and hypoactive parasympathetic nervous system inevitably leads to a physiological change in the heart’s excitation pattern. Thus, the heart rate variability (beat-to-beat interval) will be changed accordingly. This change is measurable.

7 Minutes Providing Clarity

The Functional State of the Autonomic Nervous System

ANS analysis offers the unique opportunity to gain fast and easy insight into the regulatory capacity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The functional state of the ANS provides important information that allows practitioners to assess health conditions or disorders better than ever before. The measurement results help to answer many questions, including:

  • To what extent do risk factors exist for cardiovascular disease or other chronic dysfunctions?
  • Is the body able to cope with stress or have stress factors already produced a health impairment?
  • Are the applied therapies already successful (therapy monitoring)?
  • Can therapies improve the functional state of a disturbed autonomic nervous system?
  • What effect do problems and conflicts have on the body?

These are just a few of the many questions that ANS Analysis can answer better than ever before. For this reason it is recommended that an ANS Analysis is performed both as a preventive measure and also for patients with stress symptoms, chronic illnesses or problems and conflicts at work.

ANS Analysis is painless, free of side effects and takes about seven minutes to perform.