Muscle Response Testing


The most valuable possession we have is our health, and yet few people realize it until it is lost. Good health is not simply the absence of disease but is a state of genuine well being. Good nutrition plays a key role in good health maintenance. The human body can never be any better than the foods provided to strengthen and maintain it. Most painful degenerative conditions are due to poor habits of lifestyle and diets which are deficient in essential nutrients.


You can determine what your nutritional needs are through a simple testing procedure known as the Muscle Response Test. To explain this test, think of your body as a computer. It contains information to determine your needs.


All life is made up of energy and everything has a vibratory rate at the molecular level. This is where imbalances and bodily malfunctions begin.


Throughout the body there are energy pathways or meridians that send and receive messages – similar to electricity. Each person has their own energy field, as seen in today’s Kirlian photography. Science has discovered that the body’s energy fields can be influenced by the state of one’s health. These fields change as health patterns change. When there is a weakness, the body sends more energy to that meridian.


The Muscle Response Test is based upon the fact that the body knows what it needs; (we feel God perfectly designed our bodies & designed them to heal themselves) therefore this knowledge is used to help determine possible nutrients the body lacks or needs to balance its system. Throughout the body-meridians there are reflex points that have a connection with the nerves, glands, organs, and nutritional needs. By stimulation these points the practitioner can observe the nutritional messages of the person being tested. When a weak meridian is stimulated, the extra energy will “blow” the over energized meridian much like a fuse blows when too much amperage is put through a power line.


There is several techniques practitioners use.


Using an arm or leg:

To observe strength or weakness the practitioner will test the resistance of the client’s right arm muscle. The client should have the arm extended out from the shoulder, as a leverage, at a right angle, with the elbow locked in a straight position. The practitioner presses down above the wrist, while the client resists against the pressure in an attempt to keep the arm straight and strong. If the arm remains strong this indicates a positive response, or adequate nutrition. To get the feel of a weak response, have the client leave the right arm extended a place his left hand over his navel. The practitioner then places his hand over the client’s left hand and presses down on the extended arm, while the client resists. The arm should go weak as the energy flow will have been short circuited.


Surrogate Testing (this is one we use most often)

Energy can be transferred from one person to another. This is known as surrogate testing. By touching the young, the weak, or the infirmed person’s muscle response may be effectively tested.

Fingers: Some practitioners use the finger mode which is the thumb pressed against a finger. The pressure created determines the answer. A leg muscle may even be used for a muscle test.


During the test it is best to keep the mind clear with a calm atmosphere, avoiding loud music, etc., as certain rhythms can weaken the system. It is also best to avoid eye to eye contact or direct light in the eyes. Metal jewelry, belt buckles, watches, and cell phones on the body my have to be removed to get a correct test. This is not a test of strength; jerky motions are not necessary. Firm but gentle pressure is all the practitioner needs to apply.


We always make a statement when Muscle Response Testing, never asking a question. Asking a question of the body is psychic not biblical, we will not go there.


There is nothing new about the testing of muscles. Physiotherapists often use it to assess the strength of specific muscles, particularly in patients who have a weakness as results of a stroke or injury. Physiotherapists evaluate muscle strength against gravity on a scale of 0-5, 0 being equivalent to no response and 5 to normal strength.


Kinesiology, of which Muscle Response Testing is a refinement, is the brainchild of George Goodheart, a Chiropractor. Dr. Goodheart began developing this holistic method in the 1960’s to diagnose or read certain blockages in the body. It has been rapidly accepted by the chiropractic community and some of the medical community.


Muscle Response Testing works because the physical body in sometimes dramatic ways, can respond to extremely subtle changes. Muscle Response Test is supported by a pilot study done by Walter H. Schmitt Jr. and Gerry Leisman of Applied Neuroscience Laboratories in the United States, and the College of Judea and Samaria, in Israel. The study is titled “Correlation of Applied Kinsiology Muscle Testing Finding with Serum Immunoglobulin Levels for Food Allergy, August 1998” in this study serum blood tests confirmed than out of twenty-one allergens tested with Muscle Response Test, 19 were confirmed.


When practiced by people who are properly trained, Muscle Response Test cannot harm anyone. The techniques used are simple and gentle, following the dictates of the client’s own body. Any modality is only as good as the person practicing it. Often simple modalities may be picked up and used by untrained people. If your practitioner uses Muscle Response Test, ask their training – don’t hesitate.

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