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What is Muscle Testing?

written by Head Health Nutter September 15, 2009

Everyone is unique. Each one of us has our own specific biochemical makeup so what’s good for one person isn’t necessarily good for another. But how do we know what our bodies need until we try things out or go to a doctor and get tested? Muscle testing is the answer!

Our bodies know what promotes health and vitality. Many say the body communicates with us via our intuition but who can hear that with all the noise in our heads?

Instead, we get aches, pains, itches and the like, and by then it’s too late. These are the effects of damaging the body.

Muscle testing: a non-invasive method used to communicate with the body in assessing imbalances and needs using a large muscle, usually the anterior deltoid or shoulder muscle. When the muscle stays strong, the body is saying “yes” or “it’s beneficial for me”. A weak muscle response is a “no” or “it’s harmful to me”.

At it’s most basic, muscle testing is biofeedback without all the bells and whistles!

Related to applied kinesiology (which was developed by chiropractor Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr.), muscle testing is used by a wide variety of health practitioners and is used to “evaluate structural, chemical and mental aspects of health”. (Source: The International College of Applied Kinesiology)

Before you jump the gun and dismiss muscle testing as new age hooplah, check out this published study which helps validate muscle testing in chiropractic care.

What part of the body are we communicating with through muscle testing?

This answer is a tad confusing since everybody seems to have their own thoughts on the subject. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

  • The subconscious – as in PSYCH-K
  • Our energy field in relation to the energy of the objects or ideas being tested
  • Our electrical system
  • The autonomic nervous system which, interestingly, controls the parts of our body functioning below the level of consciousness
  • Our heart instinct or emotional center
  • The Superconscious or what Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious. The spiritually-minded folk might call this our `Higher Self’ or `Creative Source’, the part of us that connects all life.

Keep in mind that it’s highly possible several or most of these are actually describing the same thing! On review of this list, muscle testing appears to detect physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stress in the body.

Muscle testing has many potentially diverse applications and implications

Siu-Lan Choy is a Certified Acupuncturist and Holistic Practitioner who uses muscle testing in her practice to assess food sensitivities, choices of the most beneficial foods for you and your limitations, choice of supplements and remedies, the side-effects of medicines, assessment of various organs and systems of the body, best healing modalities for your body, and in assessing how well the body is progressing during its recovery, and to what degree it is approaching optimal health.

PSYCH-K facilitators use muscle testing to identify the presence or absence of self-supporting beliefs in the subconscious. They then use the PSYCH-K whole-brain technique for reprogramming old, self-limiting beliefs. Before balancing for these beneficial beliefs, PSYCH-K facilitators ask the Superconscious for permission to change these beliefs in case they are harmful or inappropriate to one’s spiritual evolution.

Since the subconscious processes 40 million bits of information per second compared to the limited conscious mind which processes a mere 40 bits of information per second, it knows things which we fail to consciously notice. For instance, we can muscle test to find lost items, like car keys!

Accessing the powerful subconscious or all-knowing superconscious through muscle testing, some people use it to help determine rewarding business ventures, relationships, investments, major purchases and even every day decisions, like prioritizing their To Do List.

Have you tried muscle testing? How do you use it? And for those of you who haven’t tried it yet (stay tuned for an upcoming `how to’ post), what would you use muscle testing for?


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Sefier October 8, 2009 at 6:16 am

Thanks for the interesting post! I was wondering if this would be the reason why my buddy during high school got all ripped and muscular (leaving me in the dust) even though we were doing the same stuff?

Head Health Nutter October 9, 2009 at 10:09 am

Quite possible, Sefier! Your buddy could have been muscle testing for the best foods to eat or which supplements to take to build muscle the fastest.

Six Pack Dan January 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm

or Seifer, it may be due to genetics. Your buddy might have higher metabolism than you and thus is able to burn calories faster. Doing performing exercises designed for optimum total body fat loss will make-up for a slow metabolism and get you ripped six pack abs faster. ; )

Head Health Nutter January 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Hey Six Pack Dan,

Thanks for your comment. I’m wondering what you mean by “performing exercises”? Do you know of any for thin men who want to build muscle?

Steph @ Live Lighter.org


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