What is Functional Nutritional Therapy?

Functional Nutritional Therapy (FNT) is based on the belief that true health can only be achieved through a foundational approach to nutrition and lifestyle. We believe there is no “one-size fits all” when it comes to diet but any dietary recommendation must be rooted on prioritizing properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole foods, and must be customized to each person’s bio-individual needs and circumstances.

However, a healthy diet is often not enough. In order to achieve healthy brain function and overall health, FNT also focuses on the following foundations:

  • Maintaining optimal hydration according to physiology, activity level and environmental circumstances. Water is the most important nutrient making up about 60% of total human body mass. But we must actually absorb the water we drink, a process that requires an adequate amount of a special kind of minerals called electrolytes.
  • Optimizing digestion and elimination. Digestion provides the nutrients that fuel and build every single cell in the body, including the brain. Besides, there is an intimate connection between our gastrointestinal system and our nervous system such that a dysfunction in one of these systems can frequently manifest as symptoms on the other.
  • Balancing blood sugar. Healthy blood sugar levels are essential for general health and proper brain function, but they must be maintained in a very tight range. Blood sugar dysregulation can frequently manifest as or exacerbate psychological, neurological or emotional disorders.
  • Balancing fatty acids. Ensuring the consumption of plenty of healthy fats is essential for brain development, growth and function. Fats also provide the building blocks for cell membranes and hormones, and have an important role in maintaining a healthy inflammatory response.
  • Balancing minerals. Minerals make up approximately 5% of the human body, by weight, and are critical for every system to function. Minerals are especially important for brain function as they regulate the signaling between nerve cells. However, we cannot make our own, we must obtain them from the foods and beverages we consume.

Personalized tools and support are provided for stress management and sleep hygiene as well. All of this is achieved through diet and lifestyle recommendations and with the occasional aid of nutritional and herbal supplements. Specialized laboratory testing is also available when indicated.

Unlike the traditional medical model where the individual is expected to follow orders from their healthcare practitioner, FNT clients are active participants of their own healing journey. As an FNTP, I take the time to review your health and family history, food and mood journal, and any signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiencies you may be presenting. I then use all of this information to customize and present you with a plan according to your needs and work collaboratively with you on implementing the necessary changes for achieving your goals. But, ultimately, a true commitment and dynamic participation from you is critical for the success of your program.

What is Clinical Somatic Education?

Clinical Somatic Education (CSE) is a mindful movement practice inspired by the work of Thomas Hanna, PhD that teaches us how to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and both physical and emotional freedom. CSE aims to release chronic muscle contraction patterns created by past experiences which are unconsciously maintained. The brain learns to keep muscles contracted due to repeated and reflexive responses to stress from adverse life events such as accidents, injuries, surgeries, and emotional stress.

Even innocuous repetitive activities/postures like sitting and driving can teach our brains to keep our muscles “tight” to the point the tightness becomes automatic and inaccessible to conscious control. Unconscious action-patterns can be seen as the root cause of many deficits in movement awareness, flexibility, and pains of unknown origins. Moving well improves our cognition, refining our ability to understand the world and ourselves and acquire new knowledge through thinking, experiencing, and perceiving with our senses.

Unlike many other “body-work” methods where the client is “worked-on” and is passive, here, the client actively and consciously participates in the process. There can be no other way. Unconscious postural habits and movement patterns are brought back into conscious awareness only through willful precise targeted motions. If you cannot feel how your muscles are responding – you can’t change their action. Clients are taught specific skills that improve their ability to more accurately sense their bodies and relearn muscle control by actively engaging in postures or movement patterns and consciously sensing the feedback within themselves. This allows the client to gain a greater awareness of how they can effectively turn off or release muscles. The practice utilizes hands-on techniques which offer greater biofeedback and teaches clients to engage the “pandiculation response” of the nervous system to reset resting muscle tone. All movements are specific, gentle, safe, and importantly, pain-free allowing the client to maintain complete control of the process. I collaborate with the client to create new brain pathways for sensory awareness and fluid movement. 

Common Somatosensory muscle pain/dysfunction conditions are:

  • Headaches
  • Painful joints and muscles
  • Neck, shoulder, back pain
  • TMDJ-jaw pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hip, knee, foot pain
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Accident trauma and Whiplash
  • Post surgical restrictions in movement
  • Breathing
  • Frozen shoulder syndrome

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