Simply put, ANSAR testing is a painless, non-invasive diagnostic procedure that determines how well a patient’s autonomic nervous system is functioning.

The autonomic nervous system is the involuntary part of everyone’s neurological make-up and manages just about every system in the body. It controls digestion, sleep, breathing, circulation, blood pressure, heart rate, even stress.  The list is practically endless.

The autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts: the parasympathetic and the sympathetic.

The parasympathetic half handles normal conditions, such as digestion, healing, blood flow and respiration.

The sympathetic part of the nervous system controls the body’s reactions during times of illness, stress or injury. It prepares the body to react (the “fight or flight” response).  Heart rate increases as does blood pressure and respiration. The body is directed to release glucose, adrenaline and other stress hormones.

In a perfect world, the autonomic nervous system maintains its balance. This is not always the case.  When there is an imbalance, there is a reason. ANSAR testing can detect many conditions in the early stages, when treatment can be most effective. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and high blood pressure are just some of the conditions that can be identified and measured with the ANSAR test.

ANSAR testing provides practicing physicians with very detailed and specific data. This is a customized approach to medicine.  The diagnosis and treatment for one patient will differ from that of another based on the information from the ANSAR test.

Videonystagmography (VNG)

Videonystagmography (VNG) testing is considered the new standard for testing inner ear functions. VNG measures the movements of the eyes directly through infrared cameras.

VNG testing is used to determine if a vestibular (inner ear) disease may be causing a balance or dizziness problem, and is one of the only tests available today that can decipher between a unilateral (one ear) and bilateral (both ears) vestibular loss. VNG testing is a series of tests designed to document a persons ability to follow visual objects with their eyes and how well the eyes respond to information from the vestibular system.

This test also addresses the functionality of each ear and if a vestibular deficit may be the cause of a dizziness or balance problem. To monitor the movements of the eyes, infrared goggles are placed around the eyes to record eye movements during testing. VNG testing is non-invasive.

Electromyogram / Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG / NCS)

EMG stands for Electromyography and NCS stands for Nerve Conduction Studies. The test has two parts:

An Electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerves control the muscles in the body by electrical signals (impulses), and these impulses cause the muscles to react in specific ways. Nerve and muscle disorders cause the muscles to react in abnormal ways. During an Electromyography study, a very small pin is inserted in the muscle that helps us evaluate the condition of your muscles.

Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) are used to measure the health of your nerves. Mild electrical stimulation is administered to the skin directly overlaying the nerve. The response is measured by a second set of electrodes applied to the surface of the skin. This impulse produces a visual signal on a computer monitor and when analyzed it can provide information about the condition of the nerve.

Measuring the electrical activity in muscles and nerves can help find diseases that damage muscle tissue (such as myopathy and muscular dystrophy) or nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or peripheral neuropathies). EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies are often done together to provide us with more complete data.

The results of EMG/NCS testing can be an invaluable tool for your doctor to determine various conditions that can affect your nerves and muscles, which will help them manage your care more effectively.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Testing (MSKUS)

X-Rays, CT Scans and MRI’s have been for the longest time the tests used to identify problems of the musculoskeletal system. Recent advances in sonar and ultrasound technologies have created a more functional and practical approach to evaluate joints, muscles, ligaments and even nerves. This technology is called musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Clinical evidence and research support using ultrasound as the first diagnostic test for numerous musculoskeletal conditions. Diagnostic ultrasound offers a number of important advantages compared to X-Ray, CT and MRI, in terms of safety and effectiveness. Musculoskeletal ultrasound simply uses sonic waves, and there is no exposure to radiation. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is noninvasive and offers real-time imaging, allowing for examinations of structures at rest and in motion. This ability to capture the movement of musculoskeletal components, differentiates it from other imaging modalities, and can permit more accurate diagnoses.

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