Kinesiology & Muscle Testing

When people have asked me what I do and I tell them that I am a Kinesiologist most of the time the reaction has been “I have never heard of it – what is it.” The tricky part is then trying to explain it.mpce

The text book says that “Kinesiology is used to cover a wide range of diagnostic and healing systems all of which utilize a technique called muscle testing.”  This therapy was originally developed by Dr Robert Lovett and physiotherapists Henry and Florence Kendall in America in 1949 that listed about 100 techniques. Later  in 1964 an American chiropractor Dr. George Goodheart went on to develop this therapy further and started the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) in 1974. The college has a rigorous disciplined approach to Kinesiology and sets the bar in research and testing techniques and is practiced by health care professionals such as chiropractors, dentists and medical doctors. In England the Academy of Systematic Kinesiology where I did my training follow the rules and guidelines set by ICAK. Many medical doctors are also qualified and Registered Kinesiologists in the UK and Europe with the approach of alternative therapies and medical science coming closer together.  This makes great sense for you the client as your prognosis and treatment can have a much better outcome. The added benefit to the government is less medical costs over the years.

What Does Kinesiology Mean to You?

Muscle testing is a tool of finding out what is going on in the body and the mind non-invasively and the aim is to restore health and overall balance using the 5 approaches below:

    • Physical – manipulation, massage, acupressure, exercise, acupuncture5elements
    • Chemical – Imbalances in the body hormones, toxicity, environmental
    • Mental – Emotional and stress, counselling, phobias, confidence
    • Nutritional – Imbalances, diet, nutrition, allergies
    • Energetically – Energy and spiritual flow

The key to kinesiology is that each element is related when one aspect is not working and an imbalanced is caused. We need to find the source either from within that element or look at the other elements.  It is like peeling an onion whereby the onion is the symptom we need to find out all symptoms and test muscles to get to the source. By treating the source of the symptoms you achieve your whole body approach.

The tools of muscle testing give us a tremendous amount of information and we can make corrections to the body for treatment either through massage, acupressure, exercise, dietary advice, nutritional supplementation and herbs to bring the body back into balance.  There are thousands of muscle tests relating to the different systems in the body. Kinesiology can be used on anyone as it is safe and non invasive and kinesiology is PREVENTION.

What You Should Know Before Testing

    1. You can test anytime as long as you have not eaten or drunk anything except water in the last 45 minutes.
    2. Water is important as muscles need to be hydrated so make sure that you have enough water in your system.
    3. Ideally the person who needs to be tested would be better to lay down on a flat surface either on a massage table, settee or floor – whatever is the most comfortable for both. Have their arms by the side and their legs uncrossed and their head straight and their eyes open.
    4. SIM – Strong Indicator Muscle is a term that we use for a muscle test that tests as strong but can be turned off by various means.
    5. When testing remember to breath normally and do not hold your breath.
    6. Hold – when you let the other person know that you are going to apply 2 seconds of pressure to the muscle.
    7. Strong or Weak – Is the way that a muscle tests and indicating a change in what is being tested in the body.

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Method 1 – Muscle Testing on Your Family

    1. Have your family member lay down comfortably.
    2. You need to find a SIM and the best muscle to start with is the Supraspinatus. Your client needs to draw their arm straight out at an angle of 45 degrees away and up from the body. They are to hold their arm in this position ready for your to test.
    3. The tester places two fingers on the top of the wrist and tells their client to “Hold” and then apply pressure for 2 seconds.
    4. The clients arm should stay “strong” meaning that it stays into position.  Sometimes when you start it could be spongy but this happens when you are new to testing.

Method 2 – Muscle Testing on Yourself


Your Guide to Allergy Testing

Here is your personal guide to start the process of sorting out your allergies and intolerances.  This can be a short exercise depending on your degree of allergies, if you are using this for your children or for yourself and how long you have had allergies, your age, your environment and lifestyle.  So don’t give up before you start just slowly work through everything and make notes on the guide as you go.

It is impossible to teach you everything about Kinesiology as it is too vast and normally requires you to attend a two year diploma course along with one year on massage, anatomy and physiology and a minimum of 1 year for nutrition. What this website aims to do is give you some basic tools to help you have a little bit more control over your allergies and other health conditions so that you can help yourself and your family. If you are too overwhelmed you can of course seek out a kinesiologist in your area for treatment.