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Muscle Testing in Kinesiology

Muscle testing is a simple, non-invasive assessment tool, used by Kinesiologists and other health practitioners. Kinesiologists use muscle testing to find imbalances in the physical, mental, and energy systems in the body. Muscle testing effectively allows a Kinesiologist to ask the body where any stressors, blockages, and imbalances are, and gather accurate biofeedback on the body’s physiological and psychological state.

Kinesiologists can use muscle testing to find imbalances in the body caused by emotional trauma, stress, intolerances, and chemical imbalances. Using the information from the muscle testing, a Kinesiologist will use a range of gentle, non-invasive, and natural techniques to clear the blockages and imbalances and return the body and its systems to their natural equilibrium.

A Kinesiologist does not diagnose, treat or cure serious medical conditions and will refer clients to other health care professionals when they are confronted with issues that fall outside their knowledge base.


What is Muscle Testing?

In 1964 Dr George Goodhart DC published his Applied Kinesiology Research Manual (Goodheart, 2007). In it, Goodhart outlined the practice of modern muscle testing using the principles of previous work from Henry and Florence Kendall’s “Muscles, Testing and Function,”(Kendall & Kendall, 1949), Frank Chapman’s map of neurolymphatic reflex points, and the scientific work of Robert M. Lovett, M.D. 

Using Dr Goodhart’s model of Applied Kinesiology, muscle testing involves the application of gentle pressure to the muscular system to elicit either a contraction or release of certain muscles. Kinesiologists will use this information to determine where imbalances or blockages in the body are occurring and what might be done to release them.


How Does Muscle Testing Work?

Muscle testing is a biofeedback mechanism that enables a Kinesiologist to understand what and where the stressors, blockages, and imbalances are in our body and where they come from in our lives. A Kinesiologist will test across the body’s crucial areas and systems, most commonly organs, glands, and muscles as well as the digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems.

Using various forms of muscle testing and monitoring, a Kinesiologist can retrieve answers for problems in the body by understanding the way a muscle responds to varying types of input and connects to other vital systems via the meridians.

A Kinesiologist will then use the information gathered by the muscle testing to understand how best to clear the stressors and blockages and return the body to its natural state of balance, allowing it the best chance to heal and rejuvenate naturally. 


Muscle testing in Kinesiology generally falls under 2 distinct categories:

Indicator Muscle Testing.

Indicator testing looks at the integrity of a muscle or the quality of the messages between the muscle and the brain. A muscle’s integrity is measured by asking it ‘questions’. The question asked may be made via verbal questioning, reflex questioning, or responses to stress.

As an example; Let’s imagine you come into my clinic, saying you have been bloated all day. Testing the selected muscle, I would ask your body questions like: “Is the bloating in relation to a stress/challenge in the stomach?” “Small intestine?” “Large intestine?”, etc. This helps me identify the root cause of the issue so that I can bring the body back into balance.

Meridian Interface Testing. 

Meridian interface testing looks at the connections, or flow of energy, between the muscles and the body’s meridian system and organs. The energy of the meridians can be measured by a Kinesiologist with specialty tools, finely calibrated to measure electricity.

Each muscle shares a relationship with a meridian and an organ so when the meridian flow is impeded, symptoms such as pain or poor health can arise. By understanding these connections a Kinesiologist can help return balance to the meridian system.

For example, you might come to my clinic with shoulder pain. I would test the flow of energy between the target muscle, the meridian masterpoints, and the related organ. Once I understand the connection, I might start locating the acupressure points related to those organs, then apply the Kinesiology technique your body requires to balance this imbalance we’ve found.


Imbalances Within The Body That Muscle Testing Can Detect:

A Kinesiologist can use muscle testing to find and verify a wide variety of issues within the body including: 

  • Imbalances in hormones, PH levels and chemical nutrition.
  • Issues with the physical body including bones, muscles, organs or tissues.
  • Emotional fears, phobias, previous traumas and stress.
  • Problems with hydration, energy levels and energetic fields, chakras and meridians.


Muscle Testing in Sydney 

Hi, I’m Janette, a certified Kinesiologist with over 10 years of experience in improving my client’s health and wellbeing from my clinic in Crows Nest, Sydney. My experience and extensive training in indicator and meridian interface muscle testing allow me to identify and understand the core issues which are causing you mental, physical or emotional pain.

By understanding the root cause of your problem I can work to restore balance and harmony to your body and mind, rejuvenating your mental and physical performance and moving your body to a state where it can heal naturally.

If you’d like to know more about Kinesiology check out my Ultimate Guide to Kinesiology and FAQ or reach out to me directly with any questions you may have.

Muscle testing is a crucial element of every Kinesiology balance session I perform, guiding me the whole way through. You can organise a Kinesiology balance booking here


About the Author

Janette Harris is a certified Kinesiologist, mentor and the founder of the Sydney based Kinesiology clinic, Inspire Freedom. With over 10 years of experience and extensive qualifications across a range of Kinesiology modalities, Janette is passionate about helping her clients overcome their emotional, mental, physical, nutritional and energetic challenges.