Checking for Autonomic Nervous System Regulation
Autonomic nervous system regulation is the ability of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to change in accordance with the demands that are placed upon it. In the last section we discussed the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems explaining some of the differences between them. In a healthy individual with open regulation, these two systems are adapting correctly as required by the demands placed upon them. For instance, when one is lying down the parasympathetic nervous system should be more active or up-regulated as compared to when he stands up. To put it in other terms, when going from lying to standing the parasympathetic nervous system should go down. The sympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, will up-regulate when going from a lying position to a standing position, and should go down when going from standing to lying.
Autonomic nervous system regulation can be blocked (which means not moving) in either the sympathetic or parasympathetic system, or both systems which is called a double block. The effect that this has on the individual with the (ANS) block is that he will not respond to the program on which he has been placed. Simply put, he stops responding to his therapeutic program and becomes stuck. Progress ceases until the block is recognized, found, and corrected.
Another problem with blocked regulation is that the testing of any reflexes will be skewed or inaccurate because of the block. In other words, some of the reflexes will read incorrectly. For instance, a stomach reflex may read as a lock (inactive) when it is actually active (weak). So, to ignore the importance of open regulation can result in a faulty analysis.