Muscle Testing

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Muscles Can Serve as the Body's Messengers

If you want to heal any health problem you have to do two things. First, you have to find the cause of the problem. And second, you have to eliminate that cause. This probably seems obvious, but it is remarkable to what extent health problems are treated symptomatically and not at their root cause.

Treating pain is fine, but removing the source of the pain is even better. Avoiding allergens is good, but helping your body become allergy-free is more effective yet. Your own body is the most dependable source of information regarding your health. Through manual muscle testing it is possible to ask your body itself to reveal both the cause of your health problems and the specific therapy needed to treat them effectively. In my practice I use two different muscle testing systems: Applied Kinesiology and Contact Reflex Analysis.

Applied Kinesiology

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Applied Kinesiology is a system of manual muscle testing introduced in the 1960s by a chiropractor, Dr. George Goodheart. One of its basic principles is that there is a connection between specific muscles in the body and particular organs or glands. For example, the abdominal muscles are associated with the small intestine; the pectoralis major muscles with the stomach. Every muscle has its corresponding organ or gland. In practical terms this means that if there is a problem in the small intestine, the abdominals may show marked weakness on a muscle test. A stomach problem may show up as a weak pectoralis major.

Why is this important? Because it allows you to zero in on the cause of your symptoms and health problems. Let's say, for instance, you feel tired and stressed out all the time. Testing may reveal muscle weaknesses indicative of poorly functioning adrenal glands. Through change of diet and specific nutritional support the adrenals can be strengthened, resulting in increased energy and a calmer disposition.

On the other hand, your chief complaint might be pain. If your low back hurts, for example, you can almost bet that you have one or more muscle imbalances which are throwing you out of alignment, resulting in painful symptoms. Muscle testing allows you to discover which muscles are not working properly. Knowing that muscle dysfunction is often caused by a problem in a corresponding organ or gland, you can provide therapy not only to the area of your pain but to the affected organ or gland as well. As soon as the associated organ or gland is working normally, the muscle begins to function normally too. Your alignment goes back to its proper position, and your pain goes away because you have found and eliminated its root cause.

But let's say you've discovered that a muscle is weak due a corresponding organ weakness. How do you determine what's going to get both the organ and muscle to work properly again? Here too, Applied Kinesiology gives you the answer.

Muscle tests will reveal the specific therapy needed to restore proper function to both the muscle and its associated organ or gland. Muscle and/or organ weakness can be caused by many factors: blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, acupuncture meridians, the spinal column, cranial bones, and emotional stress may be involved. Frequently there is a nutritional need which can be addressed through dietary change or supplementation or both. A.K. testing isolates the therapies your body knows will help it get better.

Contact Reflex Analysis

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Another muscle testing system, introduced in the 1960's by chiropractor Dr. D.A. Versendaal, is Contact Reflex Analysis. Like A.K., Contact Reflex Analysis uses manual muscle tests to reveal what's going on in your body. But instead of testing many different muscles, each one representing an organ or gland, C.R.A tests just one muscle—usually an outstretched arm—against many reflex points located all over the body. Many of these reflexes refer to specific organs or glands. Others indicate the presence of some type of infection in the body. Touching these reflexes one by one, the tester can determine problem areas in the body by noting which reflexes cause the tested muscle to weaken dramatically. Further testing reveals the proper nutritional intervention necessary to fix the problem.