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Imagine if your body itself could give feedback on whether it is diseased or not – without the obvious symptoms of the disease! Wouldn’t it be amazing? Well, it’s a real thing, and it can be achieved through kinesiological muscle testing.


Kinesiology – also known as Systematic Kinesiology – is a complete form of natural health care that uses muscle testing to read the energetic bio feedback system from our bodies to find where health issues stem from, where imbalances/energy drains are and what particular stresses are affecting you. Then those imbalances are corrected using specialised lymphatic massage, nutrition, electrical balancing and emotional work.

Origin – Kinesiology

Kinesiology originated in 1964 through the work of Dr. George Goodheart, a Chiropractor who pioneered this specialty. He discovered that the strength or weakness of every muscle was connected to the health or lack of health of a specific corresponding organ. He also determined that the indicator muscles were associated with acupuncture meridians.

He found that “beneficial” physical stimuli, like vitamins supplements, would increase the strength of certain indicator muscles that he tested. In addition, he saw that “hostile” stimuli would cause those muscles to go weak. To him, this implied that at a deep level, the body is affected by what is perceived to be “good” for it and what is not.

Clinical Kinesiology came out of Applied Kinesiology. In 1968, Dr. Alan Beardall who had just graduated as a Chiropractor became one of Dr. Goodheart’s students. He went on to develop over 250 specific muscle tests to diagnose and evaluate structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health.

During a muscle test on a patient in 1983, Dr. Beardall discovered that particular hand positions (handmodes) could change the body’s response to the muscle test. This allowed this method of diagnosis to discover deeper, more underlying imbalances in the body’s energy patterns.

Today, many hundreds of “handmodes” have been discovered as “words” in a new body language.

Behavioral Kinesiology is also a refinement of Applied Kinesiology. In the late 1970’s, Dr. John Diamond, who worked as a psychiatrist and also with preventative medicine, made another discovery. He found that indicator muscles would strengthen or weaken in the presence of positive or negative emotional and intellectual stimuli, not just physical stimuli!

He began to use this tool to diagnose and treat psychiatric patients. He called it Behavioral Kinesiology. He also found the link between specific emotions and acupuncture meridians. A partial list is found in the Acupuncture Meridians page.

Dr. Diamond researched the effects of things like: music, art forms, facial expressions, voice modulation and emotional stress. Others were focusing on using muscle testing to detect allergies, nutritional disorders, and responses to medications.

There you have a short history of Kinesiology. Now lets look at the muscle test itself.

Origin – Muscle Testing

Kinesiological Test: This is also known as Muscle Response Testing (MRT) or just muscle testing. In the refined version of Dr. Diamond, this test is conducted with two people.

The subject stands erect, one arm relaxed at the side, the other arm held out parallel to the floor, elbow straight. The partner then places their hand just above the wrist of the extended arm and asks the subject to resist the downward force that he exerts.

This process is then repeated while the subject holds or thinks about the item being tested. A weakened arm response is taken to be an indicator of energy blockages and/or weakness in one or more of the body’s energy meridians.

There are many variations of this test. Some chiropractors have the patient lay down to do the test and may use other arm positions. Some even use the feet instead of the arm to test.


Kinesiology is beneficial for everyone and usually people feel the difference from the first session. People are looked at as a whole, not just the parts that are not functioning as well as one would like. Kinesiologists look beyond the symptoms to find the root cause/s, when found and fully addressed, the imbalance is able to clear and we may then prevent the problem from returning.

Ailments Detected

Suggested uses of AK range from abdominal pain to cancer, diabetes, headache, learning disabilities, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, vertigo and many other health problems, but the scientific evidence demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of AK for these conditions is limited, at best.


Although Kinesiology is so effective with addressing current problems one may have, the best time to have a Kinesiology session is when you are feeling ‘well’. This is because kinesiologists are able to detect sub-clinical issues and imbalances before you get symptoms therefore the truly preventative health benefits of Kinesiology are felt with a greater sense of well-being.
Systematic Kinesiology is non-invasive, drug free and enormously empowering.

Muscle testing can be performed using manual strength testing, functional tests, and dynamometry. Manual muscle strength testing is one of the most commonly used form of muscle testing by practitioners. With manual muscle testing, the patient is instructed to hold the corresponding limb or appropriate body part to be tested at the end of its available range while the practitioner provides opposing manual resistance.

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Personal Experiences

Due to Muscle Testing being a diagnosis method rather than a treatment, we were unable to find any authentic experience stories.

Self Muscle Testing

Self muscle testing gives you amazing flexibility because you don’t need a partner to do muscle testing. In my experience, with practice and objectivity, it can also be quite reliable.

There are many variations of this technique. This is because the idea of applying force to one part of the body while resisting with another part can be done in many different ways.

For example, the degree of motion and/or flexibility in a body part and the resistance to the full motion/flexibility can also be used as a muscle test indicator rather than just using strength.

Here are two methods of muscle testing. Try them all to find one or two that work for you. You can even make up your own if you understand the general ideas behind muscle testing.

In short, the general idea is that we are testing muscle strength and muscle weakness, or the freedom of movement in the body, in the presence or absence of a stimulus. The stimulus can be anything: a substance that you hold close to you, an idea, an emotion, an image, a specific question with a clear “yes” or “no” answer, etc.

Method I

In trying any of these self muscle testing exercises you agree to take full responsibility for your body. Be gentle with the exercises and don’t use injured or stiff body parts.

Finger over finger: in this self muscle testing technique you place your middle finger over your index finger. You may switch the fingers if that is more comfortable for you. The finger on the top will be doing the pushing down and the finger on the bottom will be resisting the push.

Being able to bring the bottom finger down indicates a “weak” muscle signal correlates to a “no”. Resisting the push of the top finger indicates a “strong” muscle signal and indicates a “yes” (see below for more information on the “yes” and “no”).

This is similar to someone pushing down on your arm, except you get to do both the pushing and resisting.

Feel when and how the bottom finger goes weak. Your mind needs to be able to focus and tune in to the physical sensation associated with the change in energy of the weak muscle signal. This requires that your mind be in a state where you can give full attention to what you are doing and not be distracted with other thoughts or feelings (mindfulness).

If the bottom finger does not go weak, you may need to train it to go weak. Consciously allow the bottom finger to unlock so it can bend when the stimulus is introduced. This is just temporary. Once your mind gets the feel for the weakness, it will do it automatically.

Try practicing with the words “yes” or “no”. One should go weak and the other strong. Feel the difference in your bottom finger when you say each word as you press down with your top finger. With practice, the top finger will not need to exert much force to make the bottom finger go down and you won’t need to focus on how the fingers feel, it will be obvious when the bottom finger goes down.

Method II

Ring or “O” finger technique: in this self muscle testing technique you touch the tips of the pinky and thumb of one hand making an “O” shape. Using the index finger of the other hand, insert it into the “O” and try to pull it apart where the pinky and thumb meet. At the same time, resist the pull with the pinky and thumb that are making the “O”.

If the index finger opens the “O”, that is a weak signal or a “no”. If the “O” stays closed, that is a strong signal or “yes”.

The disadvantage of this self muscle test is that you will not have a free hand in which to hold a stimulus.

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While generally regarded as harmless for most people, when used alone for someone who is seriously ill, AK could cause a delay in getting proper medical treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, applied kinesiology has occasionally resulted in harm, including one death due to incorrect diagnosis and choice of treatment. Relying on AK alone could be dangerous for patients with serious diseases such as cancer.

Are you ready for it?

Given the pros and cons of muscle testing, are you ready to try this one on for size?

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