Overview of the Functional Evaluation
The Functional Evaluation (which is referred to throughout this site as Clinical Assessment) is a process which allows Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (NTP) to identify organ systems under stress and then prioritise 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 is shunted to these networks in an effort to draw the necessary nutrients to support the organ. This collection of fluid takes up space at the organ system and registers as tenderness in the body.
The Functional Evaluation is completed by palpating a series of points identified to correlate to specific organs or systems in the body. Each client is given a scale of 0-10 and asked to rate their own tenderness. Each client’s baseline is different and custom to their own body, but allows the practitioner to connect directly with the body’s innate response to nutritional deficiencies.
These functional testing points were discovered and categorised by Frank Chapman, DO, Terence Bennett, DC, and Robert Riddler, DC.
Lingual-Neuro Testing is a valuable biofeedback tool that enables practitioners to determine the usefulness of a nutritional supplement before it is dispensed. LNT accesses the body’s innate ability to discriminate between what it needs, and what it does not need, in order to correct a specific problem, for example, a weak organ or a nutritional deficiency.
This simple and effective technique makes the difference between a generic nutritional therapy plan and a personalised one.
Because of the neural or electrical connection between the brain and organs, we can place a specific nutrient on the tongue that an organ may need, and the presence of this nutrient is registered by the brain.
If the nutrient is exactly what that organ system needs to restore function, we get direct feedback within 15 seconds via a change in tenderness rating.
Our body’s innate immune system is always trying to communicate with us (like a gut instinct or hunch) but we have never been taught how to understand those signals. Although Lingual-Neuro testing seems almost mystical to some people, the neurology behind it and the fact that the body has this ability to delineate among nutritional needs are totally logical and consistent with the sciences we know and understand.
The Functional Evaluation gives us as Nutritional Therapy Practitioners the ability to communicate directly with our clients’ bodies and understand what they need and customise a nutritional plan to support optimal health.