Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Testing)

Muscle Testing connects you with the answers your body already knows.

Within each of us is a natural bio-feedback system.

Our bodies are constantly relaying information through nerve pathways. Muscle testing enables us to utilize our neurophysiological system to identify and release mental, emotional, and energetic imbalances in the body.

Kinesiology combines both eastern and western healing modalities. Grounded in anatomy and physiology, Kinesiology utilizes muscle testing with the principles of Chinese medicine to identify stress and imbalances in your system so that you can optimize your healing and return to your natural state of vibrant health and energy.

Our bodies are constantly relaying information through nerve pathways. By using the Straight Arm Muscle Response Test (MRT), we utilize our neurophysiological system as a communication tool to identify and release mental, emotional, and energetic imbalances in the body.

Since then, we’ve discovered that physical, mental, emotional, biochemical, and electromagnetic stress change the body’s energy field and nervous system, which affects a muscle’s strength or weakness.

Any muscle within the body can be tested, but most practitioners utilize a simple generalized test called the arm muscle test.

  • Muscle testing allows us to access information that is not available to your conscious mind.
  • Your body already knows what it needs to heal and optimize. Kinesiology facilitates your natural healing process.
  • Kinesiology utilizes your neurological system as a communication tool to assess what’s going on within your body and mind.
  • Kinesiology enables us to identify and release imbalances that cause inner conflict, stress, pain, and illness.

Brief History of Applied Kinesiology/ Muscle Testing

Muscle testing is a form of biofeedback that allows one to detect changes within a muscle’s strength or weakness due to the neurological signal that’s being sent, and thus communicate with the body-mind system.

Back in 1912, Dr. Robert Lovett utilized muscle testing to evaluate disability caused by polio and other neuromuscular diseases. He developed a system for grading the strength of muscles by rating the force generated against external resistance.

A bit later nationally renowned husband and wife physical therapists Henry and Florence Kendall furthered the practice by refining the techniques and in the 1940s and 50’s wrote books with detailed records from studying 12,000 cases diagnosing numerous diseases and conditions associated with body mechanic imbalances.

The Kendalls helped draft the bill that established standards and licensing procedures for physical therapists, and opened the first private physical therapy practice in the world, and traveled around the nation giving talks.

Then in the 1960s Dr. George Goodehart found correlations with reflexes, certain muscles, and the meridian system (energy pathways) and used muscle testing as a way to diagnose these connections. His discoveries led to a totally new system of healing, called Applied Kinesiology.

Straight Arm Muscle Response Test (MRT) in practice

To test a person’s arm, the practitioner applies slow, gradual, gentle pressure just above the wrist for approximately 2 seconds in order to note the difference in muscle strength in response to specific stimuli.

Using this simple arm muscle test, applied kinesiology practitioners can muscle test a client as they say certain words, belief statements, and even think certain thoughts to see what causes the client’s body to remain strong vs. what causes their body to weaken.

When a client says something that is untrue, lacks congruence, or causes stress in their system, it causes their muscles to go weak. When a client says something that is true, life-affirming, and congruent within their body-mind system, their muscles remain strong.

Some practitioners even utilize applied kinesiology to test which foods, medications, vitamins, and herbs are best for their client/patient, and which items should be avoided as they cause their client’s/patient’s body to weaken.

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