muscle testing | validity checking

Always check the validity of the manual muscle test

Why Validity Check?

As a practitioner of Specialized Kinesiology you use manual muscle testing as the number one tool for retrieving information from the test person (i.e. Mind Body Spirit). Because you rely very heavily on this tool, it is required to always check the validity of the muscle test. Because we use the manual muscle test as an indicator muscle, we must rely on the quality of the indicator. Which means we must know in what state the nervous system is.

As manual muscle tester you know a muscle test can indicate “Weak” (over inhibited/under facilitated), “Strong” (under inhibited / over facilitated) or “Blocked” (paralysis) or the body shows “Total Weakness” (flacid). A good manual muscle test shows a “Strong” test, that shows “Weak” when physically triggered to go “Weak” (see tests below). [Richard Utt]

Being trained in Applied Physiology, I always emphasize the importance of checking the validity of muscle indicator (i.e. the muscle you are testing). Until now the only way to physically check this was by means of the Spindle cell mechanism. But that has changed now after viewing this video. on >>  Muscle testing #014

Kinesiology Tips – Muscle Testing Show #014 Show #014. Applied Kinesiology; your kinesiology tip this week is from Dr. Jim Blumenthal; Dr. Andrew Colyer teaches muscle testing and self-testing in his live workshops and home study courses at:

When you have watched the video you now have – as I do now – a second possibility method to check the validity of a muscle test. This second method relies on the fact that “when one muscle is contracted, the antagonist is relaxed”.

Always physically trigger the indicator muscle

Physical checks to determine the “Strong” muscle test goes “Weak”:

  • Spindle cell mechanism — The Spindle cell is a proprioceptor in the muscle tissue that monitors the status of the muscle contraction. When a muscle is contracted too long and too hard, it is likely to get injured. So the antagonistic part in the spindle cell signals to the brain to relax. And vice versa.
  • Muscle contracted, antagonist relaxed — This mechanism relies on the fact that agonist and antagonist never should be contracted at the time. As seen in the video: when you test the biceps brachii “strong”, this test must go “weak” when the triceps brachii are activated.

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