It's easy nowadays to find most fixes online. Online coaching, apps, e-courses, distance lab-testing - there are so many options to help support your health journey. And while these can all be incredibly helpful and even life-changing, there is still something to be said about physical touch.
Part of my training includes what's called a functional examination. Used to assess specific nutritional deficiencies, specific points on the body are palpated, each correlated to various organ systems. Organ systems are connected to one another via neuro-vascular or neuro-lymphatic pathways; when a particular organ is stressed - say, liver - the surrounding vascular or lymph networks build up around the organ to deliver nutrients. This results in tenderness, of which, when palpated, is translated to a tenderness score between 0-10.
Based off of the client's score, I determine where the body is being burdened and connect the dots as to why or how it became that way.
After gathering the tenderness scores, I then lingual-neuro test. Lingual-neuro testing is a powerful method of biofeedback that uses the innate abilities of the tongue to help identify deficiencies and choose the bio-individual‐specific nutrients needed to bring a client back into balance. The central-nervous system has near-immediate feedback between the tongue and brain. Once upon a time we were able to detect foods that were good for us, bad for us, poisonous for us, etc., very easily; we still see this in play with animals' instinct, such as a deer nibbling on a hedge, sensing its toxicity, and moving to a different, more suitable bush. Most of us humans have lost this innate wisdom, unfortunately.
I test various nutritional supplements, food, minerals, and even water by placing the item on the client's tongue, and palpating specific test points once again. If the nutrient is what the body needs, the tenderness scores will drop. A point that was extremely sensitive, with the right nutrient, will become tolerable in touch. A point that remains sensitive, or becomes more sensitive, indicates that the nutrient is not necessary.
The benefit of this process is that we can weed out supplements and foods that are not beneficial for the client; oftentimes I will test someone's current supplementation and find that none of them are making much of a difference. Something as simple as water often changes scores dramatically as many people are simply dehydrated. And the client then knows that he or she will not have to gamble on taking a supplement that might, might not work. It's a brilliant way to solidify a nutritional protocol. With regular checkups, we can then watch how the body transforms, and learn when to cease supplementation of a particular nutrient.
The functional examination and lingual-neuro testing may seem out-there to the layman, but has solid evidence in scientific research and neurology. Thanks to years of research by various doctors, chiropractors, and health professionals, dozens of corresponding testing points have been linked to organ systems such as liver & gallbladder, small intestine, pituitary, sinus, uterus, prostate and more.
Again, I fully embrace wellness modalities that have become increasingly easy to access via online and distant connection. Yet I have such passion for time-honored healing traditions that involve touch and ancestral wisdom; we are not yet androids, but human beings that have energetic connection to one another in ways that we cannot underestimate.
To schedule a functional exam with me, check out my services here. Available for those currently local to New Mexico.