Muscle testing used in physiotherapy or traditional structural Kinesiology test the strength of muscles on a scale from 0 (no facilitation) to 5 (full strength) with the help of a dynometer. In energetic kinesiology, I don’t test the muscles strength but I use the neurological aspects of muscle testing.
For this test, the client holds their arms up in front of them (anterior deltoid test) and I ask them to ‘hold’. Then I apply only about 1-2 kilos of pressure for 2 seconds. This pressure is registered by the spindle cells inside the muscle, whose job it is to pass this information on to the motor part of the spinal cord, causing a reflex contraction of the muscle being tested.
I’ve just tested the feedback between the proprioceptors of the muscle and the Central Nervous System (CNS) to see whether the neurological flow is stable (you can hold your arm in the testing position and the muscle is perceived as ‘strong’) or whether some stress has interfered with it (the muscle gives and is ‘weak’).
Let’s say you can hold up your arms easily – no problem. Now I ask you to think about your upcoming exam while I test again: This time the muscles unlock (‘go weak’) instantly.
Because of the muscular system’s connection to the nervous system and subconscious realms, the biofeedback obtained is amazingly sensitive and almost unlimited: Maybe you recalled an unpleasant memory of a stressful exam you had before, and the very thought of the next upcoming one is causing stress – and an unlocking arm (even though you’re muscularly very strong).
This access into realms of the subconscious (to learn more about it click here). Your subconscious can process a huge amount of information, to tap into it is one of the most powerful aspects of kinesiology. To learn how emotions and muscles interact, click here.
In this way I use Kinesiology to test for a wide variety of topics according to your goal, such as physical, nutritional, energetic, emotional, mental or spiritual health aspects.