What is Functional Testing?
I make ‘Functional Testing’ and ‘Pathology Testing’ a key priority in taking a truly individualised and functional approach to managing the health concerns of any one person.
It is a fundamental aspect of the Functional Medicine approach to healthcare that detailed insights be gained into current metabolic ‘function’ through the collection and analysis of various samples, in order to take steps in a highly evidence-based way, (to find out what is actually needed, and also what is not).
In the process this may often also identify some of the true ‘upstream’ causes of any ailments, which may present the opportunity to address various (seemingly unrelated) imbalances in many OTHER areas of health and create a more comprehensive and lasting change (not solely the modification of immediate symptoms).
Clinical Testing is therefore one of the most essential tools in treating people as individuals (to not simply end up doing what your neighbor does, or what you read online, but find out what’s right for you!
(to unleash more of your own true potential)
What Lab Tests Are Available?
There are many Lab Tests that can assist you and your healthcare practitioner in gaining more information about your health and function.
These can span from assessments of immune system antibody responses, to assessments of digestive microflora. Or measuring the level of various nutrients and metabolites in the body to indicate any needs and excesses.
The choice of test (and also quite crucially its interpretation) are a matter to discuss with your chosen healthcare practitioner.
What Is Involved In Functional Testing?
Depending on the test, a sample is usually required, (that may be a simple collection of urine, blood, stool or hair, etc.) that is then sent to a laboratory for professional analysis.
You will book an appointment with your practitioner for a few days or weeks later in order to review the results and what adjustments might be recommended to your daily health regime / lifestyle.
How Much Does Functional Testing Cost?
The vast array of tests available means there is a wide range of different costs. The vast majority of tests span between $90-$350 depending on the complexity and detail of information provided and what level of technology is employed to gain the specialised insights at the laboratory.
This cost is your investment alone, and when judiciously chosen can provide many indirect cost savings over the short to long term through saved time and avoidance of unnecessary or inappropriate treatments and supplements.
Furthermore, it is difficult to place a value on improvements in wellbeing attributable to the insights gained from what only well chosen testing can provide.
1. Guesswork can be very inefficient and sometimes only further complicates any given health picture.
2. Determining ‘upstream’ causes can minimise excessive treatment of numerous ‘downstream’ symptoms.
3. The processes that lead to poor health often cannot be detected any other way, before they take effect.