- Why does the muscle strength change?
- What can muscle checking tell you?
- How to gain your Muscle Tester’s Confidence.
- What are the 5 key ways that impact the muscle response from being clear?
- What kinds of questions might you ask via muscle testing?
What is Muscle checking?
Muscle checking (aka monitoring or testing) was developed in the 1930s and was first popularized by Kendall and Kendall and then by George Goodheart, an Applied Kinesiology type of chiropractor.
In single position muscle testing, if a muscle holds strong against a consistent pressure applied, the muscle was said to be “strong” If, on the other hand, the muscle could not hold and gave way it was said to be “weak.” While a strong muscle is easy to “feel,” it is difficult to describe in quantitative terms. A weak muscle may be even more difficult to “feel” until you have practiced enough to get a “feel” for the range of possible responses. This is why you often hear people describe it as the “The Art of Muscle Testing.” Nevertheless, once you have developed the “feel” of a weak muscle, anyone can accurately test for the integrity of muscle response using manual muscle testing.