What is Functional Testing?
Functional testing is used to assess markers of health and the biochemical processes, nutritional deficiencies and functional imbalances that may be occurring in the body. It is not diagnostic, and is used alongside other tests and clinical data to help assess health and illness.
As a naturopath and nutritionist, functional testing often assists in building a better picture of a patient’s health picture, and helps to integrate with other pathology results.
Why Use Functional Testing?
I often use functional testing in my clinic as it forms part of a comprehensive health assessment.
Many patients are given standard test results only to be told that there is nothing wrong, with no guidance as to what is next or what their options might be. This can lead to feelings of frustration and confusion, especially if you are still not feeling any improvements in your symptoms. In many cases, it can be useful to dig deeper, and find out more specific information so that treatment can be more targeted.
People often use functional testing to further explore the following issues:
Gut problems- bloating, IBS, pain and discomfort, chronic diarrhoea, chronic constipation
PMS symptoms- mood changes, emotional disturbances, bloating, change in bowel habits, fatigue, cravings, insomnia, cramping and pain
Hormonal conditions including PCOS and endometriosis
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
Food allergies and intolerances
Chronic headaches and/or migraines
Chronic skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis
Functional testing is also useful for people who are in good health, but would like to step it up to the next level and optimise their vitality and performance. The insights that functional testing provides are often a long-term investment in health and wellness.
Naturopathic and Nutritional Tests in Melbourne
I offer a wide range of functional testing to all patients in Melbourne locations Hawthorn, Carlton and Craigieburn, as well as my patients online.
Routine pathology tests include:
Full blood count
HbA1c blood test
HLA gene testing for Celiac disease
Common functional tests include:
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
IgE and/or IgG Allergy Testing Panel
Adrenal Stress Profile
Extensive Thyroid Panel (includes reverse T3, ratios, antibodies)
How Much Does Functional Testing Cost?
Functional Testing can be ordered at an additional cost, which varies depending on the test and the pathology lab. The tests are ordered externally, and results will be interpreted and discussed as part of your follow up consult at no additional cost.
If you have any questions regarding functional tests, you can ask here.