Muscle testing is an accurate way to test your body’s state of balance. We use the information gathered through muscle testing to help determine your treatment.

What is Muscle Testing?

In a nutshell, muscle testing is akin to biofeedback. To begin testing, your practitioner will ask you to hold your arm straight out in front of you. She will then apply a light downward force to your forearm and ask you to resist her attempt to push down your arm. This is not a power contest, but rather a test to ensure that your deltoid muscle engages and can hold up your arm against the pressure. When your body is in balance, you’ll easily be able to keep your arm strong, but when your body is out of balance, your arm will weaken and will give against the pressure.

Your symptoms will determine how the muscle testing will proceed. If you’re in pain, your practitioner may place one hand on the area of your body that is experiencing discomfort. If you’re having allergies, sinus problems, digestive issues or the like, she may hand you a glass vial containing a diluted amount of a food, pollen, or chemical she wants to test your reaction to. Or, if you’re stressed, anxious, or depressed your practitioner may have you repeat a statement like “I’m ok being happy,” or “I deserve to feel good.”

While doing one of the above, your practitioner will again apply the same pressure to your forearm. If the muscle test remains strong (meaning you can still hold your arm up), then there is no problem. If your muscle weakens, and you cannot hold up your arm, then we know that the area of the body is compromised, you are sensitive to the substances in the vials being tested, or there is a pattern of stress holding in your body that needs to be resolved before you’ll feel better.

Who Can Be Tested?

We muscle test patients of all ages, from infants to elderly adults. For babies and children, we use surrogate testing. Here, the practitioner touches the child’s body, or gives the child the vials to hold in the case of food sensitivities or environmental allergies (yes, we’ve put them in babies’ diapers!), or even asks the child to repeat an affirmation. As the child engages in the above, the parent touches the child and we test the strength of the parents arm. The energetic connection allows us to gather information about the child’s sensitivities through the parent.

Is Muscle Testing Credible?

Applied Kinesiology was founded by George Goodheart, DC, who incorporated it into his chiropractic work. Dr. Goodheart and his contemporaries later expanded the principles of AK to include meridian theory of acupuncture. Today, muscle testing is used in many ways by both professional and lay people, and not all methods are in alignment with scientific principles. It is important to find a trained and competent practitioner to ensure accurate testing.

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