Specialized Testing

At Backbone Wellness Center we address your health issues through specialized testing, whether it be for chiropractic care, nutritional analysis, or acupuncture. We do not believe in chasing symptoms, it is our goal to get to the root cause of any health issue you may be experiencing. Health is not found though masking symptoms, but through the discovery of the hidden issues causing your body to function less than optimal.

It is our goal and passion to discover the reasons why you are experiencing joint pain, inflammation, weight loss resistance, high cholesterol, imbalanced blood sugars, foggy thinking, lack of energy, loss of zest for life, depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and hormonal imbalances just to name a few. Does your cholesterol remain elevated even though you have made appropriate dietary changes? Are you experiencing an inability to lose body fat even though you are exercising and watching what you eat? Routine blood work and physicals may not show underlying issues until a disease is full blown. You may have been told in the past that “there is nothing wrong with you, your labs look great” despite the fact that you DO feel that there is SOMETHING WRONG, and you know that you are not living the energetic pain free, life that you would like and deserve to live!

Below is a menu of testing services available in our clinic:

Professional Meridian Stress Assessment System (MSAS) Testing

Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA) testing measures the energy at the meridian points, which directs the practitioner to probable areas of imbalance. This technology is used in various health care practices around the world. It gives practitioners more information to consider, while trying to bring their client’s energetic disturbances back into balance. This technology helps identify food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in the organ or major systems of the body along as identifying which phase of stress, acute weakness or chronic degeneration is occurring in the body.

Food Sensitivities Profile

The Bloodspot IgG4 Food Antibodies Profile can be used to test either 30 or 90 different food sensitivities. The responses to these foods are tested and then categorized by severity from borderline to mild, moderate, or severe. IgG4 antibodies are associated with delayed food reactions that can contribute to many health conditions, and are actually far more common than the typical allergy IgGE immediate reaction response that most are familiar with. These “hidden” food sensitivities can occur at any age and cause a wide range of symptoms including inflammatory reactions in the joints, skin, large and small intestine, and sinuses. Reactions to these foods may not occur for several hours or even days, and this is what makes them so difficult to detect. The 30-food sensitivity profile just requires a simple finger prick, and the 90-food sensitivity test a venipuncture. The doctors will determine which test is best for you. Hidden food sensitivities may be the reason that you are experiencing an inability to lose excess weight, have food cravings, fluid retention and bloating, sinus issues and other allergies, anxiety, mood and energy swings, inability to concentrate, and immune system issues just to name a few. The doctors will educate you on how to address any sensitivities found.

Spectracell Micronutrient Deficiency Testing

This is a next generation blood test for measuring specific vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential micronutrients within an individual’s white blood cells (lymphocytes). It is the gold standard for this type of test. Lymphocytes have a 4-6 month lifespan, and the nutrient levels accumulated in these lymphocytes represent a history of an individual’s nutrient status. This system is analogous to using HbA1c measurements to approximate a diabetic person’s glucose levels over the months preceding a test. The lymphocytes provide a history rather than a snapshot of nutrient intake. Because nutrient status is a vital foundation of health, each micronutrient plays an important role in promoting optimal cell function. When cells do not function their best, our health is compromised.

Vitamin deficiencies are not just a reflection of diet. We are all biochemically unique and nutrient deficiencies will vary from patient to patient, and do not necessarily correlate directly with nutrient intake, as may factors beyond diet determine whether nutrient function is adequate. These include biochemical differences, genetics, absorption, metabolism, and age. Disease conditions and medications can also affect nutrient levels. Every biochemical process in the body depends on specific nutrients to carry out the process. Inflammation, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalances, decreased energy, depression, lack of proper blood sugar regulation, inability to burn fat or gain muscle, are just a few conditions that can result from a lack of vital nutrients. If you are feeling unhealthy, a nutrient deficiency may be to blame. Typical blood work does not address the possibility of nutrient deficiencies.

Organic Acid Profile

Are you experiencing mood swings, weight gain, sleep issues? Are you bloated and gassy or have low energy? Do you experience fatigue, headaches, skin issues, depression, high blood pressure, memory issues, focus issues, reflux, nausea, or poor digestion? Do you feel that you are holding onto excess toxins and do you know if you are able to eliminate those dangerous toxins? It may be necessary to test your organic acids.

This is a simple and painless test that only requires a single overnight urine specimen. This single urine specimen test provides a view into the body’s cellular metabolic processes and the efficiency of metabolic function, identifying metabolic blocks or problems with detoxification, gut dysbiosis (bacterial and yeast overgrowth), or oxidative stress that can be treated nutritionally allows for individualizing treatment protocols for the patient. This test allows us to very specifically target treatment and can help maximize the patient’s response as well as leads to improved health outcomes.

Organic acids are metabolic intermediates produced in pathways of central energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, and intestinal microbial activity. Accumulation of specific organic acids in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block. This abnormality may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up, or drug effect. Testing for organic acids helps reveal activity and changes at the metabolic level. This testing helps your doctor discover hidden issues and pinpoint where therapeutic focus is needed. We will then start you on a program specific to your needs to bring these health issues back into balance.

Gastrointestinal Profile

Is your GI tract functioning at an optimal level? Do you have regular bowel movements? (1-2 per day) Do certain foods cause GI discomfort? Are you bloated or gassy, have constipation, IBS, diarrhea, reflux, nausea? Do you suffer from an autoimmune condition, allergies, or inflammatory issues? Are you ridding your body of toxins efficiently?

It is crucial to have excellent GI function for general health purposes. The intestinal tract contains significant amounts of bacteria, some beneficial, some neutral, and some harmful! Balancing beneficial microbial flora in the gut is key to proper digestion, efficient nutrient usage, and ridding the body of waste and pathogens. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional insufficiencies, mental/emotional issues, and autoimmune diseases.

This test by Metametrix is not like any other stool analysis profile. It goes beyond the standard parameters for identifying gastrointestinal disorders. This profile uses DNA analysis to identify microbiota including anaerobes (a previously immeasurable area of the gut environment). DNA assessment is specific and accurate, it reports results as specific numbers and is also more sensitive than classic laboratory methods. This analysis tests for antibiotic resistant genes, identifies the microbial DNA status of the bacteria in the gut, and tests for parasites. It involves a single specimen that is collected by the patient in the privacy of his or her own home.

Adrenal Hormone Testing

Stress is an underlying cause of many chronic illnesses from chronic fatigue, and weight gain, to allergies. The adrenal stress profile measures the individual’s response to stress. Adrenal hormones Cortisol and DHEA are steroids that affect carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism, and they also serve as modulators of thyroid function and help the body manage stress. Issues with these hormones may cause a wide range of symptoms that can impact individual’s energy level, emotions, and disease resistance. Simple, timed salivary specimen collections make this test a convenient, and economical option.

When the Adrenal Stress Profile indicates an inappropriate hormonal stress response, it is necessary to consider stress reduction through diet and lifestyle modification, and nutritional supplementation to support adrenal gland activity and enhance the restoration of the physical barrier in the gut. The doctors of Backbone Health Restoration Center will then design a program to specifically support your system’s needs.

Amino Acids Profile

The Bloodspot Amino Acid Profile can illuminate problems in amino acid absorption by determining essential amino acid imbalances from a simple finger stick. Amino acids, known as the “building blocks” of proteins, are found in every tissue of the body. They play a major role in nearly every chemical process that affects both physical and mental function including the formation of ligaments, tendons, bones, as well as antibodies and regulation of enzymes and blood transport proteins. Twenty different amino acids are used to synthesize proteins. Amino acids, known as the “building blocks” of proteins, are found in every tissue of the body. They play a major role in nearly every chemical process that affects both physical and mental function including the formation of ligaments, tendons, bones, as well as antibodies and regulation of enzymes and blood transport proteins. Twenty different amino acids are used to synthesize proteins.

Amino acids have more diverse functions than any other nutrient group! These include GI function, cellular energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter metabolism, collagen, nutritional markers, and vascular function.

Amino acid levels can be impacted by chronic stress, aging, depression, use of medications such as antacids or acid blockers, low protein diets, poor digestive function, and chemical exposure. Depression, concentration issues, a vegan/vegetarian diet, anxiety, foggy thinking, and an inability to build muscle are just a few reasons it may be necessary to test for amino acid issues.

Female Hormones

Are you experiencing hormonal weight gain? Do you feel moody, bloated, foggy, and tired at certain times during the month? Are you experiencing fertility issues? Do you gain a pant size due to PMS symptoms? Do you suffer from hot flashes? Are you experiencing low or no sex drive? It may be time to test your hormone levels and effectively address the symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. It may also be necessary to asses how well your liver is “clearing” hormones from your system, as well as how well the rest of your body is functioning. A healthy liver is necessary for hormone balance as is a healthy toxin free body!

We utilize saliva testing in our clinic. Through saliva testing we are able to test the “free hormones” or active hormones in the system. Depending on the patient’s needs, a single saliva test or a more comprehensive saliva test will be prescribed to assess where hormone levels are throughout the month. A menstruating female has hormone fluctuations EVERY DAY and this fact makes it impossible for a single sample blood test to provide accurate information as to what is happening during the entire month’s cycle. This comprehensive testing involves saliva collections done in the comfort of your home every other day of your cycle. This testing allows us insight into your hormonal imbalances and the daily fluctuations, thus allowing our doctor’s to implement a protocol specific to your hormone needs.

Women experiencing hot flashes and inflammation benefit greatly from our natural supplementation and purification work. Through our protocols we are able to help you increase your energy, lose that stubborn menopause weight, and feel more like yourself.

This testing may be for you if you are experiencing any symptoms that you feel may be related to your hormones. The doctor will consult with you and let you know which test is right for you.

Other options include:

  • Male Hormone Panel
  • Bone Health Markers
  • Mineral Hair Analysis
  • Basic 4 Food Allergy Test (Wheat, Dairy, Soy, Eggs)
  • And many more….

Call or email our office if you have specific questions on testing options or would like at info@backbonecp.com.