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  • Writer's pictureGabriele Wolf PhD ND

A Brief Look into Muscle Testing

(also known as applied kinesiology)

Muscle testing is being used within many alternative medicine fields to determine a course of action. It is believed that these techniques can provide feedback on the functional status of the body, as well as provide insights into mental and emotional states.

Why use muscle testing techniques?

Often our conscious, analytical mind is swayed by previous beliefs or wishful thinking. Due to this “bias,” our body is believed to provide a more objective assessment than our mind. Our body can also provide information about issues that are beyond our conscious awareness, settled in our subconscious or unconscious mind).

How does muscle testing work?

The essential premise of muscle testing is that our physical body is an elaborate electrical system made up of electrical circuitry, neurons and nerves. That system is controlled by the brain.

Muscle testing is using muscles to determine whether or not that electrical system is in balance. If the system is balanced, then the muscle will test strong. And if the electrical system is not balanced, then the muscle will test weak.

Why would a muscle be electrically imbalanced?

There are many possible causes. Just a few of these include:

  • Exposure to something that is toxic the body (e.g., food, chemical)

  • Joints (e.g., spine, neck, knee) that are out of alignment and putting stress on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

  • Physical illness or disease that is putting stress on a specific areas of the body (e.g., organs, body systems)

  • Negative thoughts (e.g., “I can’t win,” “I’ll never be able to do that,” “I will always be sick”)

  • Negative emotional states (e.g., fear, anger)

  • And many other reasons

Typical uses

Muscle testing is being used in conjunction with conventional diagnostic methods by naturopaths, medical doctors, dentists, nutritionists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, nurse practitioners, mental health professionals, energy healers, and psychics.

Looking at just a few of these in more depth:

Chiropractors: Many chiropractors have been incorporating these techniques successfully for many years. By testing muscles to see if they are weak or strong, the chiropractor can determine which parts of the body need adjustments. After the adjustment has been made, then muscle testing can be used to re-check to make sure the adjustment was successful.

Healers: Different people respond differently to certain energetic healing techniques/modalities and/or crystals. Before conducting a healing session, the healer can, for example, use muscle testing to determine which crystals strengthen and which weaken a client’s body.

Psychics: Muscle testing can also be used to bypass the logical mind/ego and gain access to the higher self, guides, or Spirit/God/Source. When used in this way, the psychic can hold a statement in his or her mind and then use muscle testing to determine the truth (= strength) or falsehood (= weakness) of the statement.

Nutritionists: Muscle testing can be used in “nutritional testing” to measure whether a substance (e.g., food, supplement) will be beneficial or harmful to the person. When used for this purpose, it is believed that muscle testing is more accurate when the substance in question is placed in direct contact with the person’s body (e.g., the supplement in held against the stomach, cheek, or in the hand) while the test is conducted.

In my office I use muscle testing in a broad field of different therapies like NAET, NRT, Brain Gym, Emotional clearings and body alignments.

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Source: IKA International Kinesiology Academy

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