Kinesiology and Muscle Testing

Not all muscle testing is the same. The different types are used for different types of problems.                                                                   
          Many are confused about muscle testing, if they even know what it is.  Some have heard of muscle testing allergies, some have heard of muscle testing for other reasons, and some have never heard of it all!  This article will hopefully clear a few things up.
          First of all not all muscle testing is the same.  There are several different types.  This confuses a lot of people and so they lump everything else in with what they had done to them.  This can be bad or good, but it is always confusing.  Here are the three main types:

1. Applied Kinesiology

          Also known as AK, this is where you check strength of a muscle and compare it side to side.  The idea here is that while you will get differences between the left and right naturally… as we are all left and right handed, you should still get nice resistance if the neurology and joint structure is working as it should.  When there is a big difference from side to side the practitioner searches for the disconnect.  This can be due to a postural or joint issue, an imbalance in the acupuncture meridian or organ associated with the muscle or other reasons.  Post treatment your therapist will often re-check the muscle's strength and often you can see yourself a great improvement in the strength and the ‘lock’ of the muscle.

2. Response Testing (the type used for muscle testing allergies)

Allergens can be checked by holding part of the allergen, often contained in a glass vial, and checking to see if a strong muscle has become weak.
            In response testing, your therapist will check a muscle, any muscle, pre and post exposure to a stimuli.  This stimuli can be potential allergens, stimulation of acupuncture points, homeopathics, nutritional supplements, etc.  A change in strength here usually indicates how the body will respond to that stimuli.  If it is something which overwhelms the body, a strong muscle becomes weak. If it will help correct or support the body in resisting a related problem (such as a nutritional deficiency), a weak muscle should become strong.  This is the type you use as muscle testing allergies and sensitivites and it can also figure out what the body needs in the case of acupuncture or other healing modalities.

3. Suggestion

            The brain is aware of everything we are doing and what is happening to us.  With this in mind it isn’t that strange that musculature can become weaker or stronger with certain mental pictures.  Ask any psychologist about psychosomatic behavior… but be ready for a long discussion!  With this in mind certain techniques like NeuroEmotionalTechnique (NET) and others will say or have the person read a variety of things and see what happens to a strong muscle which is otherwise activating and locking well.  Depending on the way the practitioner is doing it a weak or strong response can mean a positive or negative response just like with Response Testing.

Does it work?

          The answer to the question of ‘does it work’ is that kinesiology, as with any healing system which aims to find information about the body, should be used in conjunction with a good case history, a deductive and logical approach and other techniques to bring together a picture of your individual health status.


 It isn’t as sensitive a test as say blood work in the case of allergens.  It can be wrong in the case of joint dysfunction - hence, a qualified professional will often palpate the area to verify findings, but most of the time it is quite accurate and very cost effective.  A good therapist will often repeat a kinesiology test to ensure the screen is in fact something to be explored.  They will then repeat the screen after the correction to ensure the issue has been corrected or if there is a need for further examination or referral.  Kinesiology is a great system to find issues which may not be readily examined or mentioned when a client history is taken.