Nervous System

Peripheral Nervous System: Autonomic Nervous System

What does the autonomic nervous system regulate?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, initial treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome includes resting the affected hand and wrist for a minimum of two weeks. Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to ease the pain. Ice and corticosteroids may relieve the swelling and pressure on the nerve. If symptoms persist, surgery may be required to sever the band of tissue around the wrist and reduce pressure on the median nerve.

The autonomic nervous system regulates “involuntary” activity, which is not controlled on a conscious level. Specifically, the autonomic nervous system innervates the activity of smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, and glands of the body.


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