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Muscular-Skeletal Diagnosing

Kinesiology is a very clever and natural diagnostic tool, which is done by using gentle muscle testing to evaluate many different functions of the body, including a person’s structural, chemical and neurological make up. It is designed to brilliantly highlight any of these problems that a person may be suffering.

Kinesiological muscle testing does not assess the strength of an individual. It is used to test the integrity of the many factors which determine its response, when called upon to contract. For example, if you think of a simple electrical circuit with a fuse - if the fuse is blown, the circuit will not work at all, and if the fuse is the wrong rating then it will blow the circuit or work erratically!! So by fitting the correct fuse the circuit will work to its best ability.

Kinesiology works in the exact same way - using muscle testing. Therefore a negative muscle test response will only re-test strong, after the correct fix has been applied. Which means the structural problem which was highlighted in the beginning causing the weak/negative muscle test, has properly been addressed!!


The purpose of muscle testing is for diagnosing the body as a whole, it is not actually the cure to correct problems. When using muscle testing for diagnosing a person’s structural problems, the location of their pain doesn’t always necessarily indicate the area of the actual problem. The pain could just be a symptom of an underlying cause.

Muscle testing is used to find the root cause of the problems, which can then be fixed by other therapies such as massage, acupuncture, TuiNa (physical therapy and manipulation techniques), cupping, cranial therapy or most commonly and effectively, a combination of these therapies together. This provides a much more effective treatment for long term benefit, as both the cause and the symptoms can be addressed simultaneously.

Muscle testing is relatively straight forward once you understand the concept and how it works. The difficult part is understanding what a negative/weak response represents and what area of the body the test indicates is affected and how. This basically comes down to knowing the anatomy and how the body works.

Muscle testing is very accurate and genuine and is carried out by using a strong target/indicator muscle (most commonly a leg, as this is easiest and most accurate) and asking the individual laying on the couch to resist a gentle pressure/force, which is applied by the practitioner to see if they can easily resist this and keep their leg in the air without any problems.


Once a strong indicator muscle is established, the tests can then begin in depth to assess a person’s physical structure throughout the whole body. Normally the 4 main gaits would be tested first to see their individual response and then more specific areas of the body can then be tested, such as the occiput (base of the skull), jaw, trapezius, lats and hips, plus many more other areas and muscles.

Once the practitioner has completed all of the tests they wish to do, appropriate treatment should be given to correct the person’s structure and all of the negative tests that had a weak response in the beginning, should therefore re-test strong at the end of the treatment session.

Muscle testing is perfect for both the patient and the practitioner to monitor the progression of how well the treatment sessions are going. The same muscle tests can be applied to the patient at the beginning of the next treatment session, to indicate if the previous negative responses at the beginning of the last session have managed to stay fixed or have reverted back to being negative again.


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