Monitoring the Autonomic Nervous System


Sympathetic activation increases when you experience excitement or stress whether physical, emotional, or cognitive. The skin is the only organ that is purely innervated by the sympathetic nervous system (and not affected by parasympathetic activation). We can observe increases in sympathetic activation by monitoring subtle electrical changes across the surface of the skin.

The following health concerns can be monitored via EDA (electro-dermal activity). This makes them perfect candidates for wearables worn on the skin, particularly the wrist or ankle.

  • Sleep disorders and insomnia
  • Addiction
  • Affect dysregulation
  • Alcoholism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anesthesia
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Drug trials
  • Dysthymia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Hot flashes
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Pain management
  • Parkinson’s diseasePhobias (and desensitization)Psychiatric counselingPTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)Quadriplegia (or paraplegia)
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sensory Processing Modulation
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sociopathy
  • Stroke Temporary Paralysis

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