A science of applied neurophysiologic diagnosis based on the theory that health and disease are life processes related to the function of the nervous system: irritation of the nervous system by mechanical, chemical or psychic factors is the cause of disease; restoration and maintenance of health depend on normal function of the nervous system. Diagnosis is the identification of these noxious irritants and treatment is their removal by the most conservative method.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit. Naturopathy emphasizes prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional Medicine offers a powerful new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century.
Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
6 Core Principles of Functional Medicine
An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness;
Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment;
Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit;
Interconnections of internal physiological factors;
Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, and emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology;
Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient.
A system, which evaluates structural, biochemical, emotional, and electromagnetic aspects of health. It employs manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. It is based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands, and that specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances or other organ or gland problems. It is a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts and has become a dynamic movement in healthcare.
What is Manual Muscle Testing?
Muscle testing provides a way for the doctor to communicate directly with the body that is being tested. It has been used as a standard method of diagnosis in the medical and orthopedic fields for decades. The book entitled; Muscles, Testing and Function, by Kendall & Kendall, was first released in 1949.
Muscle testing begins by the doctor asking the patient to resist as he applies downward pressure to a specific muscle. The ability or inability of the muscle to resist or "lock" into position is the actual testing method. This indicates sufficient or insufficient nerve flow directly to the muscle. When a muscle is found to be weak or unable to "lock" into position, it not only reveals poor muscle function, but also possible trouble somewhere else in the body's systems.
The most common cause of muscle weakness is a subluxation of the vertebrae, which then interferes with the energy flow to the muscle. It is commonly found that once the subluxation is corrected through an adjustment or other corrective methods, normal strength returns to that muscle. For top performance and well being, all muscles need to be working and firing at 100%. Unequal muscle strength will cause postural distortion, decrease your functional capacity and can lead to injury.
In the late 1960's, Dr. George Goodheart's research found that there is a direct relationship between specific muscle groups and the status of specific body organs and systems in the body. While studying Chinese medicine, he found a direct relationship between muscle strength and specific acupuncture meridians that are associated with particular organ systems. He found that a weak muscle might also indicate potential trouble in a related organ, or in tissues that share the same nerve supply. Evaluation by your doctor can reveal the controlling factor that may be at fault.
Patients commonly ask, "Isn't the doctor just pushing harder to make my muscle test weak?" The answer is no. What actually happens is that the muscle is displaying a weakness due to some imbalance within the body (a short circuit).
During the course of your exam, the doctor may test your muscle and then have you place your finger or hand on a certain spot. He will then retest the same muscles; sometimes there will be a remarkable change in its apparent strength. What the doctor is doing is using your hand to stimulate the nerve receptors, adding or subtracting energy at different centers. By doing so, the doctor is able to attain additional information that might indicate abnormal function. Muscle testing has also been used to reveal imbalances in the other two main systems, Chemical (nutritional) and Mental (emotional).
Muscle testing is an invaluable tool to use along with other clinical findings and other standard methods of diagnosis. This procedure will help indicate underlying causes and the most effective treatment for your unique body.