In the past week I’ve had some downtime to reflect on what’s been trending in my Nutrition Response Testing practice, and when I looked back and simply categorized the various complaints people have come to me with, I realized we had answered the question of: Can Nutrition Response Testing decrease depression and anxiety?
First of all, Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive protocol of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of less than optimal health by looking at how well each organ, gland or set of tissues is functioning. This is done by testing the body’s own neurological reflexes. I will run through this protocol by laying my hand on your outstretched arm while making contact with the reflex area (specific gland, organ or set of tissues) with my other arm. If the reflex area is seeking support your nervous system will reduce your ability to keep your arm extended thus letting me know there is a specific nutritional need for support to that area. By testing the Nutrition Response Testing reflexes, I have a system of monitoring the body that has proven to be extremely accurate clinically, which helps to identify exactly what the body needs.
When I think of the average woman aged 30-45, she has a few similar complaints that she is reaching out for support with. Sure, I see things like chronic headaches, stomach aches/gastric distress, back pain, skin conditions, fertility issues and immune support as problems that, time and again, have a nutritional component involved with their long term healing. It wasn’t until I began to see the correlation between the stress caused by anxiety and depression and the body’s inability to heal that I really understood scarring was involved.
The lightbulb moment came for me when I thought back to my early days as a Nationally Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist when I would deal with people’s scar tissue on a daily basis. I would see improvement to the localized area, but not necessarily to their overall health and it was so frustrating.
One element of care they teach us in Nutrition Response Testing training is to check the body for scars. Let me tell you why that’s important. I have a scar at the wrist on the line right below my pointer finger of my left hand. I got it from hitting my hand against the oven while pulling out a cookie sheet. We have energy which flows throughout our body through meridian lines, and while the energy is cruising down to my hand on the meridian line leading to fingers, the energy gets stopped by the scar due to the adhesions the scar creates under the skin in an effort to heal me. The adhesions then become a limiting factor in my health.
Scars running the midline of the body are particularly feisty. So when I started to notice postpartum depression/anxiety in many, many moms who had either a cesarean section, episiotomy, or perineal tearing, I knew we were on to something and began testing these women for those scars. The more we tested, the more we found healing was actually being hindered by the fact that the adhesions from these scars weren’t being managed, and even more freeing for me is that they can be managed nutritionally. What I found even more amusing is that some of these scars were old — like cesarean sections from 27 years ago or episiotomy scars from over 40 years ago. All were taking such a toll on the health of these women.
Right, I know … that’s the part I couldn’t wrap my brain around for a while until I just started doing it with my clients and boom — one right after another we started seeing improvement not only in the world of depression and anxiety, but in gastric distress, focus, memory/concentration and restless sleep. Sometimes we see a shift within just a few days and the clouds begin to lift.
Most every one I’ve worked with breaks a smile when they realize how little sacrifice it is to make a small change to their lifestyle for such a drastic change in how they feel. When they see increased performance due to more clarity and less fog, high energy to complete their tasks, and an intuitive will to continue making healthy changes, it quickly becomes an empowering experience.
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