Nutrition Response Testing

History of Nutrition Response Testing

Muscle response testing was developed in the 1960’s and an excellent method to restore health non-invasively.  Nutrition Response Testing can be a very help method of analysis using neurological reflex evaluation techniques it is not a medical diagnostic procedure.  Using Nutrition Response Testing helps to identify body functions, or organ systems within the body that are imbalanced or stressed.  These stresses on the body can lead to health problems if they are not properly addressed. Information from this evaluation is combined with other testing data to allow the doctor to design a program of therapy to bring those functions back into balance with nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and dietary and lifestyle changes.

A Reflex Based Technique
Nutrition Response Testing is a precise and scientific clinical muscle testing procedure used to evaluate health needs. Nutrition Response Testing works because of the relationship of reflex areas on the surface of the body to organs and glands within. Organ or glandular stress may be pinpointed through these reflex zones even before the symptoms of ill health have appeared.  Our bodies are in constant communication with our environment and it is our sensitive nervous system that allows us to perceive or acknowledge these stimulus.  These technique is based on observing the reaction to the stimulus (muscle strength).

How it Works: The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
The brain sends nerve fibers (much like telephone wires) to every organ, gland and tissue of the body. Through this complex “wiring system” the brain communicates with every body part and tissue and is able to regulate their various functions. The particular part of the nervous system that performs this function is called the Autonomic Nervous System or ANS (you can think of it as the automatic nervous system because it does not require any thought on your part to do its job). The ANS runs all body functions that keep you alive and healthy - digestion, hormone function, healing and repair, circulation, waste removal, blood pressure, etc.

The nerves that supply any given organ also communicate with the skin that is over or near the organ from the same nerve. When pressure is applied it creates a decreased oxygen supply to the skin by compressing the blood vessels and reducing the blood flow in the area (push on the palm of your hand and you can see that the skin turns white). This reduction of blood flow to the skin sends an alarm reaction to the ANS along the same nerve pathways that connect the ANS to the organ.

If an organ is already stressed because of overwork, malfunction or disease, the additional stress caused by reducing the blood supply to the nerves of the area of skin related to the organ creates a magnified emergency response in the ANS. The ANS, sensing that the stressed organ needs additional support, responds by routing more energy to the organ.

The Energy Steal
Have you ever turned on a vacuum cleaner in your home at night? What happens to the lights? They dim when the vacuum cleaner is on. This is because there is only a limited amount of electricity coming into your home through the main power line. When you turn on an additional appliance, the power company cannot send more electricity to meet the increased demand. Instead, the appliance will rob energy from the rest of the house, dimming the lights. A similar thing happens in the body. If an organ is already stressed for any reason and you create an additional demand on the body’s limited energy supply, the body can’t instantly create more energy. It has to “steal” the energy from the rest of the body. This shifting of energy from the rest of the body to the organ being tested is most easily detected by testing the strength of a muscle. A muscle may first test as “strong” before you activate an organ reflex, but after you activate the associated skin reflex (if the organ is already challenged) the muscle will go weak so that it cannot be “locked”. This inability to lock the muscle is the key to muscle response testing. The muscle test in not a test of strength as it is a test of resistance. The characteristic of the resistance the patient produces is the key to correctly interpreting the muscle test.

How Nutrition Response Testing is Performed:
The Lock (strong) vs the Fade (weak)

To better explain this, let’s go through a typical Nutrition Response Testing procedure. In Nutrition Response Testing we usually have the patient lie on a comfortable table, though the test may also be done in a standing or sitting position. The shoulder muscle is most commonly tested because it is convenient to use, but any muscle can be used. The patient fully extends an arm and the doctor lightly pushes on the arm in a downward direction and at the same time, puts pressure on the reflex area associated with the organ or gland being evaluated. Normally, the patient should be able to “lock” their arm against the pressure the doctor exerts on the arm. If the organ being tested is under abnormal stress for any reason, the patient will be unable to lock their arm because the body shifts energy away from the muscles to the organ being tested. The arm will weaken and give out. This is referred to as a “fade”.

A “lock” of the muscle (strong muscle) would indicate that the organ is strong and not stressed; a “fading” of the muscle (weak muscle) indicates stress or weakness of that organ or gland. This type of testing procedure is very sensitive and will detect dysfunction in an organ that may not show up on more traditional testing procedures, such as blood testing. However, it is important to again point out that Nutrition Response Testing is not diagnostic in the same sense that regular medical tests are. It only tells the doctor if there is abnormal stress occurring in a given part of the body. The doctor still needs to put the Nutrition Response Testing results together with a proper medical history and other testing and examination procedures when indicated.

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