WHAT IS THE FUNCTIONAL EVALUATION?
The Functional Evaluation
The Functional Evaluation is a process which allows Nutritional Therapy Practitioners to identify organ systems under stress and then prioritize support accordingly. Every organ system is surrounded by a network, whether that be a NEURO (brain), VASCULAR (blood vessel), or NEURO-LYMPHATIC (lymph vessels) network. When an organ system becomes stressed, blood and/or lymph fluids move to the affected area in an effort to draw in nutrients and immune activity to support the organ. This collection of fluid takes up space at the site and registers as tenderness when palpated (pressed into) by the practitioner. The Functional Evaluation is completed by palpating a series of points identified to correlate to specific organs or systems in the body. The client rates the amount of tenderness they experience subjectively, which allows the practitioner to compare tenderness ratings over time and in doing so, connect directly with the body’s innate response to nutritional deficiencies. These functional testing points were discovered and categorized by practitioners of the physical healing arts such as osteopathic physicians and chiropractors, specifically Frank Chapman, DO, Terence Bennett, DC, and Robert Riddler, DC
Lingual-Neuro Testing (LNT) is a biofeedback tool that enables practitioners to determine the usefulness of a nutritional supplement before it is dispensed. LNT accesses the body’s ability to discriminate between what it needs, and what it does not need in order to correct a specific problem, for example, a stressed organ system or a nutritional deficiency. This simple and effective technique makes the difference between a generic nutrition plan and a personalized nutritional therapy protocol. The neurological connection between the brain and organs, allows the presence of a nutrient to be registered by the brain when it is placed on the tongue. If the nutrient is exactly what that organ system needs to restore function, the body provides direct feedback within 15 seconds via a change in tenderness rating. In this way, the LNT process gives Nutritional Therapy Practitioners the ability to communicate directly with clients’ bodies and understand what they need and customize a nutritional plan to support optimal health.
Adapted from the writings of Leanne Scott, Lead Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association.