Applied kinesiology, or manual muscle testing, is used to determine the health of various body parts, systems, glands or organs. It is based on the principle that dysfunction in particular body parts is revealed by weakness in corresponding muscles. The test is conducted by the practitioner applying a force to the target muscle group while the patient is instructed to resist with that muscle. The evaluation is based on the difference in strength from the baseline test. For example, nutrient testing involves evaluating the muscular response to certain foods or chemicals that the patient is in contact with during the time of the test. Muscle weakness indicates sensitivity to the product or item being tested.
There are various applications for muscle testing including clinical nutrition, nerve damage, mental stress, meridian imbalances, chemical imbalances, or gland problems. Naturopathic treatment at our clinic incorporates applied kinesiology as a method to confirm certain health problems.