At its most basic definition, nutrition response testing is a professionally administered battery of tests in which answers to health questions and ailments are sought via the body's central nervous system. By manipulating the body by way of individual positioning, movements, and other manipulation techniques, the practitioner can then record nervous responses and draw certain conclusions from them. Each response is associated with a particular problem or ailment within a particular part of the body and can thus be interpreted as actionable health suggestions and change.
Anyone can easily become concerned at the thought of tampering with the nervous system, but this type of test is quite simple and just requires the physical manipulation by the practitioner upon the patient. There are no machines, electrical currents, or adverse effects to then be concerned with. In fact, the patient is sure to be tougher on their body on a typical day than the test practitioner would ever come close to during these simple manipulations.
How, Why It Works
So, how exactly does it all work? To get down to the science of it, one must understand how the central nervous system works. When certain movements or actions take place in a limb or other body part, the nervous system immediately runs its myriad of reporting and communications relays throughout the system. These interactions take place by way of neurotransmitters, axons, neurons, and dendrites all working in tandem to assess and communicate the current events to the brain and body alike.
Essentially, the nutrition response testing practitioner will manipulate certain parts of the body, record the nervous responses that are noticed, and draw subsequent conclusions from that gleaned information. The test can be administered in a broad sense so as to provide a sort of whole-body check or in a more accurate area of focus or concern. The patient is then able to take this information and advice and apply it to their daily habits in nutrition and personal activities.
A Sample Outcome
To get a better picture of the process, let's take a look at a hypothetical patient and health dilemma. Jack is a middle-aged man that is experiencing energy-drain and exhaustion like never before in his life. After checking some other areas to no avail, he consults with a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner.
After going through the test, he is made aware of a specific trace mineral that his body is now lacking and needs more of than most others. He then goes on to try supplementing this mineral into his diet, and sure enough, the problem quickly diminishes. If not for this particular testing method, it's unsure if Jack could have ever truly discovered this issue by other means, medical or personal.
Finding The Right Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner
The NRT practitioner should be a medical professional that is well-versed in nutrition, the nervous system, and physiological responses in general. When choosing the right practitioner, ask questions to be sure that they are a good fit for this new healthcare alliance being created. Most importantly, find out their level of experience in this area as well as their abilities as they pertain to your particular medical concern.