Most muscle tests are performed while the person is lying on a treatment table. Muscle testing is involved to reveal the location and/or nature of imbalances, or stress, and dictate its preference for treatment. It is important to understand that muscles are tested not for their strength, but to assess the quality of the muscle response, determined by the nervous system.
The muscle to be tested is isolated as far as possible from other muscles with which it normally works. It is put into contraction, the person being tested is asked to hold that position, while the kinesiologist applies light pressure for about 2 seconds, usually pushing in a direction that will extend the muscle. If the limb moves, it is considered under facilitated, if it holds it is considered balanced, if it locks it is considered over facilitated. These variables determine whether there is stress. Under and over facilitated are considered as stressed.
In Holistic Kinesiology muscle testing is used in 2 ways,
- In specific muscle tests to find out how well the body is functioning structurally, chemically, emotionally and energetically and
- As an indicator muscle test, which uses a single muscle, to get a non-verbal response to a stimulus, which could be structural, chemical, emotional, mental or electromagnetic.
These non-verbal responses are either yes or no, it either causes stress or it does not.