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Muscle Testing

Muscle Testing is also known as Kinesiology, which is the science of human movement. Kinesiology is from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and kinein (to move), Specific hands-on-touch techniques can affect your health and wellbeing:

  • Accelerate recovery from illness and injuries
  • Reduce or eliminate many different kinds of pain: headaches, backaches, stomach aches, etc.
  • Prevent future health problems
  • Increase energy and counteract fatigue
  • Show you immediately which foods are undermining your energy

Kinesiology balances the body through muscle testing/monitoring to improve posture and stimulate the body’s own healing ability. Generally, muscle testing is experienced fully clothed, sitting, standing, or lying down. Muscle testing is a cooperative venture and requires active participation.

The practice of kinesiology is the assessment of movement, performance, and function; and the rehabilitation, prevention, and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate, and enhance movement, performance, and function in the areas of sport, recreation, work, exercise, and general activities of daily living. Applied kinesiology (AK) is the term most commonly used to identify a pseudoscientific system of muscle-testing and therapy. It was initiated in 1964 by George J. Goodheart, Jr., D.C. (1918-2008) and has become quite elaborate, “specialized kinesiologies” have also been developed. Perhaps the best known is a program called Touch For Health (TFH), created by a colleague of Goodheart’s, Dr. John Thie, which is taught worldwide. The International College of Applied Kinesiology, in Switzerland, promulgates the Touch For Health curriculum.

Touch For Health involves a specific series of tests with each limb in different positions, to ascertain how well each of the organ systems is communicating with the brain. It also involves balancing energy flow in meridians that are deficient, by holding pairs of points on the body and working lymphatic massage points. Its basic notion is that every organ dysfunction is accompanied by a specific muscle weakness, which enables diseases to be diagnosed through muscle-testing procedures. Most practitioners are chiropractors, but naturopaths, medical doctors, dentists, nutritionists, physical therapists, massage therapists, and nurse practitioners are also involved.

Many muscle-testing proponents assert that nutrients tested in these various ways will have an immediate effect: “good” substances will make specific muscles stronger, whereas “bad” substances will cause weaknesses that “indicate trouble with the organ or other tissue on the same nerve, vascular, nutrition, etc., grouping.” A muscle testing practitioner can explain to you how your glands and organs appear to be functioning with specific muscle tests. The practitioner can suggest nutrition to help improve various conditions, and can demonstrate with your muscles that you probably need particular nutrients. The practitioner can correct problems in your spine and in joints, and can stretch or compress muscles to improve your structural condition. The practitioner may massage certain junctures of nerve, lymph, blood, and acupuncture meridians to stimulate glandular or systemic activity. The practitioner can advise you on how to stay healthy and will pay particular attention to your posture and your feet.

Finding a “weak” muscle can enable the practitioner to pinpoint illness in the corresponding internal organs in the Muscle Testingbody. For example, a weak muscle in the chest might indicate a liver problem, and a weak muscle near the groin might indicate “adrenal insufficiency.” If a muscle tests “weaker” after a substance (or food) is held by the patient, it signifies the substance is not compatible with that muscle. If the muscle tests “stronger,” the substance can remedy problems in the corresponding body parts. Testing is also claimed to indicate which nutrients are deficient. If a weak muscle becomes stronger after a nutrient (or a food high in the nutrient) is challenged, that indicates “a deficiency normally associated with that muscle.”

Some practitioners contend that muscle-testing can also help diagnose allergies and other adverse reactions to foods. According to this theory, when a muscle tests “weak,” the provocative substance is bad for the patient. AK “treatment” may include special diets, food supplements, acupressure (finger pressure on various parts of the body), and spinal manipulation.

DISCLAIMER: This document was created in order to share the information about the wonderful health benefits of Muscle Testing. It is therefore for educational purposes. Please note, that Muscle Testing is not to be used for a medical diagnosis nor as a substitute for medical care. Information on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should consult with the appropriate health practitioner in case of any medical condition.

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