The Importance of Failing a Muscle Test – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

Yes I know that you are scratching your head over this one.

Don’t we want to have all our muscles testing strong?

Yes I answer but if you are in my office for treatment of a complaint, you may have muscles that are inhibited or weak or muscles that are compensating for the ones that are weak or inhibited. And these involved muscles most likely are part of the complaint that you are coming in for me to correct.

And if you are in for a maintenance/prevention visit, muscle testing can uncover a minor inhibition or compensation before it becomes a problem.

In my practice, I use both Applied Kinesiology and Neuro Kinetic Therapy.

With Applied Kinesiology, I test for the function of individual muscles. For example, we may find the latissimus dorsi muscle weak that is a muscle that internally rotates, extends and adducts the arm/ shoulder. It also attracts into the lumbar and sacral vertebra and part of the pelvic crest. The weakness may seen either as a higher shoulder on the weak side or a rotation of the lumbar vertebrae. The questions to be asked are: why is the muscle weak? Is the muscle on the other side hypertonic or “too stronger.”

testing rectus femoris

Neuro Kinetic Therapy works with the theory that movement is performed in systems or patterns instead of individual muscles. The human brain also has an affinity toward habits. Repetitive behaviors become patterns and these patterns require reprogramming when they become problematic. NKT identifies muscle imbalances by using muscle testing to determine what muscles are inhibited and what muscles are compensating for them.

After an inhibited/weak muscle is found, I would muscle test a synergistic (a helper muscle) or an antagonist muscle (an opposing muscle which is strong/facilitated that may be affecting the inhibited muscle. That facilitated muscle would be therapy localized (the muscle is either touched or put in motion) and the inhibited muscle retested. If the TL strengthens the inhibited muscle, then I know that the TLed muscle is affecting the inhibited muscle. And I use AK techniques to release the TLed muscle. The inhibited muscle is then retested which should test strong now, the retesting causes a “neural lock” which reprograms the motor control center in the brain.

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