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Body Aches, Wellbeing and HTMA Hair Testing

Body Aches, Wellbeing and HTMA Hair Testing

Greetings friends. Today I am going to be talking a bit about HTMA testing, otherwise known as Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, and why it is useful and necessary for people who suffer from chronic muscle soreness/tightness and ongoing soft tissue and joint pain or poor general well being. The reason for this is that many people are “self medicating” when they feel tired or sore and for the most part this is ok, but recently I have had several clients who have had long term body aches and pains along with reduced vitality who have thought that they were simply lacking a bit of magnesium etc and have gone out and purchased some supplements in order to try to remedy it. Now in the short term (1-2 months) this is ok, you should feel the benefit of it by then if indeed that was what the problem was. But if it worsens or doesn’t improve in that space of time, then it is not that, there is more to it. Unknowingly these folks continue to supplement and this leads to further imbalances and more complications and even lower well being. You see sometimes what the seemingly apparent symptoms suggest, in this case a possible lack of magnesium,  it may not be that or it may be something else entirely going on with your body. This is where professional knowledge and the HTMA testing really comes into play. But first, let me explain a bit about HTMA testing.

* What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?

HTMA is a safe and non-invasive pathology test. It measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrient and toxic minerals found in hair. HTMA is regarded by many doctors, naturopaths and nutritional therapists as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.

Why test for minerals?

hair-analysis-resultsMinerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they maintain the body’s pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions. They are the basic ‘spark plugs’ of life. Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. Unfortunately today this is rarely possible. Modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils reduce the mineral content of foods. Environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and stressful lifestyles also have a detrimental effect on our nutritional status. Many health conditions are aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and hyperactivity in children, to name just a few. Consequently, we need to test and monitor our nutritional status more than ever.

Benefits of HTMA

  • Safe, scientific, non-invasive pathology test.
  • Reliable data on more than 35 nutrient and toxic minerals, and over 25 important mineral ratios.
  • Valuable health information often not revealed in standard blood and urine tests.
  • Discovery of nutrient mineral imbalances or toxic mineral excesses that may be affecting your health.
  • Personalised patient and practitioner interpretive test reports that assess your current mineral status, highlight areas of concern and recommend dietary changes and supplements for improved health and wellbeing.

So How Does This Help Me?

So now if we go back to where we left off in the beginning of this article I can now tell you that by using the HTMA test for this client I was able to ascertain that they actually had a high level of tissue calcium and magnesium along with some imbalances in other minerals as a result of their problem actually being a tendency towards lowered adrenal and thyroid output along with some other issues that the test reveals. Therefore the extra magnesium was worsening the problem! By using a properly designed supplementation program along with the use of the NESHealth Scan and Infoceuticals, I was able to help balance them out fairly quickly and as a result they felt much brighter, happier and had little or no body aches and pains after completing their program.

So you can see how this type of test is very useful for your well being but most importantly is shows the benefits of using supplements under supervision after assessment. This is your best bet on getting a positive and useful result. This also saves you, the clients, from wasting money on expensive supplements that may not be working or worse, impeding your recovery.

Can You Help Me?

If you are someone who suffers from a more chronic type of well being issue or long term muscle and joint pain and you are wondering if I may be able to help you then the answer is Yes I can! Simply get in touch via the bookings page and we can set up a consultation time and discuss your situation and whether or not this type of testing and resulting well being program is appropriate for you 🙂

Until next time friends, be well, naturally 🙂

Craig Hitchens – Natural Health Practitioner


* HTMA information sourced from the lab services I use;


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