Muscle Testing Techniques

Muscle testing, with proper muscle testing techniques, can be performed for a number of reasons. It is often used to determine if a substance produces an allergic reaction. Other times it can be used to witness the power of the subconscious intelligence of the body and mind. Whatever your reason for wanting to muscle test, this information will help you get started.

Self muscle testing can be done anytime because it doesn’t require a partner. With practice and personal objectivity, it may even be more reliable. Just try it out and you will quickly see how easy it can be to muscle test yourself.

There is a lot of variation in self muscle testing techniques. This is because the idea of applying force to part of the body, and resisting with another, can be done in lots of different ways. However, the most common self muscle test is by using  your fingers in some way.

Rapid movement of a body part and the resistance to the movement may even be used. In any case, muscle testing is a fun way to see the vast and hidden intelligence of the human body.

Here, we will review some common methods that will show you the power of muscle testing. Try them out to determine what works best for your unique physiology. You may even make up your own test after you begin to comprehend the basic process of performing a muscle test. This is of course a home-based, informal test that will not be using the standardized manual muscle testing scale or anything official like that.

Muscle Testing Techniques

Partner Muscle Testing

Theses tests are looking at muscle strength and angular preference, or the freedom of movement in the body, in the presence or absence of a stimulus. Both physical and mental stimulus will produce results.

This is used to determine some kind of answer coming from the subconscious mind and body systems. The stimulus can be anything: a thing that you hold close to you, an abstract idea, an emotion, a photo, or a query with a clear “yes” or “no” answer.

Accuracy of Self Muscle Testing

It is important to realize that learning to muscle test yourself can take some time. It would not be wise to base major life decisions on a phenomenon that you are just beginning to understand. Be more of an observer at first to learn about the potential of the body to give very powerful clues about its concealed knowledge.

Sometimes in a certain healing system, a muscle will read yes when it is week and no when it is strong. As long as the code is established in advanced it can be interpreted properly. Muscle testing is using the body’s inherent and highly active unconscious power to communicate with the conscious mind.

Being tired or under the influence of drugs or toxins can influence and interfere with the bodies natural communication pathways. In trying any of these self muscle testing exercises you agree to take full responsibility for your body and mind. Be gentle and don’t use unhealthy or stiff body parts. Obviously, a injured muscle group is not going to provide a reliable test result. Be smart, and enjoy the experience.

The “O Ring” Muscle Test

The “O Ring” muscle test is probably the most common muscle testing technique that we see people using. This techniques has two variations. One variation has you create two circles, or rings, on each hand using the thumb and index finger, then interlock these rings. You can then ask yourself a “yes” or “no” question and pull your hands apart.

If your fingers separate and “break” either of the rings, the answer to the question is “no” as your muscles have weakened from a shift in your energy. If the muscles in your fingers remain strong and the rings stay intact, the answer to the question is “yes” as there is no shift in your energy.

The second variation to this test is to form a single ring on one hand with your thumb and one other finger, except the pinky. You then use your index finger of the other hand and try to separate the connected fingers when you ask the questions.

The Standing Muscle Test

The standing muscle test is by far the easiest, but maybe not as reliable depending on your coordination. This technique involves standing up tall and asking yourself a question. When you ask yourself a question, one that you already know the answer to, such as “Am I alive?”, the head and body will move slightly backwards. A “no” answer causes the body frame to lean forward.

Advanced muscular habits keep this reaction fairly consistent and reliable. Try asking things about what you are in the mood to eat or if a certain T.V. show is really entertaining. Answers to these types of questions give you an inside look at your subconscious mind.

You will quickly get a sense that there is an underlying framework in the body, the unconscious aspect of the mind that has a vast and generally untapped intelligence. Learning to use this facility will help you develop intuition, and a general deepening of your inherent and possibly latent higher intelligence.

If you have a known allergy such as dust or cat dander, watch closely to see what direction the body moves during a moment of close contact. Chances are the body will move forward in an primal survival stance of aggressive protection.

Finger over finger self muscle testing

Finger over finger self muscle testingThis test requires you to place your middle finger over your index finger. You may switch the fingers if that is more comfortable for you. The finger on the top will be doing the pushing down and the finger on the bottom will be resisting the push.

This is similar to somebody pushing down on your arm, except you get to do both, the pushing and resisting. If the bottom finger does not go weak, you may be required to train it to go weak.

Consciously permit the bottom finger to unlock so it can bend while the middle finger pushes. Once your body gets the feel for allowing the lower finger to go weak, it will do it automatically, allowing the test to work. You can always refer to a manual muscle testing scale to increase your accuracy.

The main thing to understand is the nerves for neighboring fingers are going to be very connected in the brain stem. This means they will have a fairly sensitive response to changes in brain activity. A question posed by the mind changes the active state of the brain and thus, causes a difference in the nerves of the fingers.

Use something you know you go weak on for practice. Something with a general and overall negative, anxious or fearful connotation will be enough to divert the brain energy and cause a weak result. Then, try putting pressure on your finger without a weakening the stimulus. Feel how strong that is. Getting a baseline feel for something obvious will allow you to mentally calibrate to know what a positive, neutral, and negative result feels like.

What is NAET?

NAET is an alternative health practice discovered and developed by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in 1983. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, also known as NAET, is an energy psychology technique believed to alleviate allergies through reprogramming the nervous system. A blend of bio-mechanical energy balancing and holistic methods are used to address the problem of allergies in a non-invasive way.

Individual cases have shown people suffering from allergies their whole lives have been cured through this groundbreaking technique. The secret is really in how NAET deals with the whole body as an interconnected energy system. Western medicine tends to treat only the symptoms of allergies, while NAET addresses the root causes.

Disclaimer: There are many opponents of NAET that believe that Dr. Nambudripad’s technique and the means in which it was discovered is questionable in its claims.  This technique is very similar to Applied Kinesiology, which is subject to the same scrutiny. This article is not meant to prove the effectiveness of NAET, or to disprove them. It is meant only to provide information for you to decide if it is a course of treatment that you would like to explore.

How NAET Works

NAET treatment

NAET uses physical stimulation of the nervous system in conjunction with exposure to allergens to re-program the body to not react to the allergens. Essentially, a code or pattern is discovered that can be applied to the spine and various muscle groups using pressure. This pressure creates a coded signal that lets the subconscious chemical pathways re-set.

In NAET, and applied kinesiology, it is important to understand that an allergy is not a problem with a specific organ in the body, but is a energy flow issue as the various organs communicate with each other in subconscious processes. Allergy healing is achieved by interfacing directly with the bio-mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and energetic pathways via touch.

NAET is said to successfully cure adverse reactions to peanuts, penicillin, aspirin, egg, milk, mushrooms, latex, grass, ragweed, shellfish, flowers, animal dander, animal epithelial, perfume, make-up, chemicals, pathogens, heat, cold, cigarette smoke, and other environmental agents.

Allergens are treated one at a time, one per office visit. This allows the body to respond with maximum effect to the treatment methods. With a fairy strong immune system, one treatment may completely heal your reaction to that particular allergen. It sometimes takes just one treatment to desensitize one allergen in lighter cases. Typically about 10 to 20 allergens are tested and treated for persons suffering from moderate to severe conditions as conducted in 10 to 20 office visits.

Aspects of NAET Treatment


NAET therapy uses various interconnected disciplines of kinesiology, chiropractic, acupuncture, oriental medicine, and nutrition to achieve the results of allergy healing. It is an experimental and very effective form of muscle testing for allergies. These following aspects are all part of the NAET treatment and method.

Instead of relying on one method, NAET treatment uses a combination of efforts to break through the painful and undesired habits of the body system, essentially reprogramming it from the inside out.


Kinesiology deals with the movement of the human body. Knowledge of Kinesiology is used in NAET treatment to determine the strength and weakness of any muscle in the presence and absence of a potential allergen. This is also called neuromuscular sensitivity testing, or NST. A perceived weakness in the presence of an allergen is due to the energetic re-routing caused by the bodies reaction to the substance. Muscle testing is used to determine if a substance is an allergy using a non invasive and drug free process.


Chiropractic techniques are used to detect the energy blockage in a specific nerve energy pathway. Various techniques are used to detect and isolate the nerve root being pinched in the body. Specific organ problems can be found by tracing the nerve routing and subsequently healed through spinal manipulation. Chiropractic medicine believes that a pinched nerve significantly alters the bodies’ energy flow and can cause disease. Chiropractors seek to establish an uninterrupted energy flow to promote optimum health.

Acupuncture / Oriental Medicine

According to Oriental tradition, “when the bodies system is in perfect balance, no disease can occur.” Therefore, a disturbance in the homeostasis of various systems, (meaning the interchange and balance between them is energetically imbalanced) is known to cause the symptoms of disease and allergy. Through direct modulation of energy pathways known as meridians, the acupuncture techniques effectively re-rout and redistribute misdirected energy through the body. This life energy can flow freely through the energy meridians, thus bringing the body into dynamic balance.


Nutrition takes extra effort in a world aimed at quick fixes and happy meals. The effect of food on the body is so significant that many NAET practitioners will only work with clients who agree to adhere to a new diet plan. In conjunction with allergy treatments, a nutritious diet can fine tune the body for health, happiness, and an allergy free existence.


Some western medical doctors outright oppose NAET and call it quackery. They criticize the methods for being to mystical and not based on scientific fact. The truth is that all science and medicine is a continuous discovery and revelation of information. We are constantly learning new and amazing thing about the human body and how we fit into the universe.

For example, it wasn’t until the 19020’s that doctors fully understood the female menstrual cycle. Scientists believed for years that it was the male sperm that contained all the life potential and that the female was inherently sterile. That understanding had to be radically revised after the discovery of the female egg.

In the same way, the human energy system is still in a state of discovery and many mainstream and conservative doctors do not fully embrace the newest discoveries. Thankfully, you can make your own observations, research, and conclude for yourself, if NAET treatment is right for you.

What is Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiology is an energy healing modality that falls under the realm of energy psychology. The basic premise of applied kinesiology is that it is possible to use the strength levels of muscles in relation to the body’s energy force (Qi) to determine the source of an allergy. Some people call it muscle testing. Some call it NAET. And some call it completely bogus.

This article is not meant to prove that applied kinesiology works. Nor is it conversely meant to show that applied kinesiology is bogus and that practitioners are scam artists. The goal of this article is to explain the background, the techniques used, and the theory behind applied kinesiology so that you can make an informed decision on whether it is right for you.

Applied Kinesiology – Fact or Fiction

In order to fully understand and appreciate the concepts found in applied kinesiology, you must have an understanding and acceptance of the basis of ancient eastern medicine, developed mostly in China, but also found in Japan, India, and other southeast Asian countries. The primary basis of eastern medicine is that there exists a universal life force that is found in all things.

For us Star Wars fans, this concept is very similar to “The Force” that is an integral part of the famous movie series. The Force, call Qi in eastern medicine, flows through and around everything. It is a binding energy that connects everything together. In the famous words of Obi-Wan Kenobi:

“It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”

Unlike in the movies, though, in eastern medicine practice you do not need to be a Jedi Master or Sith Lord to use The Force, or Qi. But you do need to have an understanding of it and a belief that it does exist in order to effectively use it for healing. This is where the naysayers come into play.

Believing that there exists an encompassing energy force throughout the universe if a very hard concept to acknowledge. Even in the Star Wars movies it takes a long time for most of the characters to accept the fact that The Force is real. Han Solo, for example, puts it pretty bluntly:

“Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. ‘Cause no mystical energy field controls my destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”

Advocates of western medicine pretty much take the side of Han Solo. They don’t accept the concept of a life force energy that surrounds us all and that can be used for healing. They see it all as “simple tricks and nonsense” and a way for applied kinesiology practitioners to take money from those gullible to believe them.

In terms of acceptance into western medicine, probably the biggest hang up is that the practices of eastern medicine, especially those in the realm of energy psychology, including applied kinesiology, is the lack of scientific evidence and documentation of actually healing taking place. And they are correct. There is very little, if any, clinical research done on eastern medicine practices.

Western modern medicine, however, is highly researched and documented, and backed by science, not theory. But, it is not perfect either. There is a lot, a whole lot, of money behind western medicine and there are many potential issues and side effect with the use of chemicals to treat disease and disorders. Western medicine has its own set of issues, which we won’t go into here.

Eastern medicine, and the concept of a life force energy, takes a little bit of a leap of faith. You don’t have to fully believe in it from the start, you just need to be accepting of the concept. As you learn more about it and become more aware of it, you will start to see signs of its existence. Phenomena that you have experienced before, like getting a phone call from a friend you were thinking about, or that feeling that you might get before something bad, or good, happens, will be seen in a whole new light.

Depending on your belief system, you might chalk these occurrences up to divine intervention, or just little miracles. Act of God, you might say. But what is God? One could argue that God is an omnipresent being that “surrounds us and penetrates us”. It binds us all together.

So, yes, applied kinesiology is not backed by empirical data and scientific evidence. It is more of a belief system that you must accept, on some level, in order to appreciate its existence as a medicinal practice. It is really up to you to determine if it is the right thing for you or not. Let’s explore how it is put into practice.

Applied Kinesiology – The Practice

In applied kinesiology, and all energy medicine for that matter, the life force energy found in the body is called Qi. The body has various energy centers where Qi flows. These areas are called meridians and applied kinesiology tracks the effects of blocked or malfunctioning meridians in the presence of allergens.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology – Muscle Testing

A test is performed to determine if a substance produces an allergic relation. This test is done by having you hold a sample of the substance while a therapist performs various muscle related strength tests.

The relative strength of muscles in the arm or leg can be used to determine if the person has an allergy, and how the allergy is affecting the energy structure of the body. When you are holding a sample of an allergen, there is a disruption in your meridians that causes a weaker muscle strength.

The practitioner will have you hold your arm up and instruct  you to keep it there. They will then push down on your arm to test its strength. This test is performed twice. Once when you are not holding the sample and once when you are holding the sample. If you are allergic to the sample, you will not be able to hold your arm up.

The Effects of Allergens on Your Body

When the body reacts to an allergy, it is essentially triggering a panic response to a chemical that is not really harmful to the physiology of the human body. This response is related to triggers in the nervous system, a network of tightly connected sensors that run though the body to regulate various biological processes.

Normally, this network functions without disturbance. When the body and subconscious mind sense an attack, even if the attack is not life threatening, they react and the body is altered to enter “defense mode”. It is this defense mode that causes the allergic reaction symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, bumps, swelling and other manifestations.

In eastern medicine, the allergen disrupts the meridian flow of your Qi, causing blockages. When there are blockages in your meridians, disorder and dis-ease manifest. Since allergens are typically mild, what manifests is typically pretty mild, uncomfortable, tiring, and frustrating, but mild.

Applied kinesiology muscle testing deals with the root of the problem: by testing the effects of a toxin on the ability of the body to exhibit muscle strength. Muscle strength is a good indicator of the presence of a toxin because a reaction causes the energy of the body to be diverted to other more crucial pathways than the firing of muscle tissue.

A weakened muscle can be detected by a practitioner and traced to find the spinal and nerve pathway related to the allergy. Then, though a treatment process of various pressures exerted on the body, the energy pathways can be reprogrammed to not go into an altered state of panic when exposed to the allergen. The body is literally re-programmed like a computer through the interface of the spinal column and associated nerves.

Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing

Applied Kinesiology

Muscle Testing

In an applied kinesiology session you will be muscle tested while holding various compounds. The therapist will be looking for a weak or a strong response when your body is exposed to potential allergens. A strong response indicates that no allergy is present and a weak response indicates an altered energy profile in the body due to physiological changes relating to the allergen.

The procedure involves holding a vial of the allergen in one hand while holding the other arm out to be examined. Discernment from a practitioner determines if the test was positive or negative and the result is recorded for further analysis. Usually a treatment can be offered in the same visit.

Is Treatment Safe?

Treatments vary from case to case but usually involve some form of pressure or acupuncture being applied to various sites on the body. This procedure will be custom created to balance the specific allergy problems indicated. A seasoned expert will be able to explain exactly how the procedure is designed to heal the condition.

Applied kinesiology muscle testing is drug-less and had been shown to be safe in conjunction will all other forms of treatment. It is non-invasive and does not involve inserting allergens into the body such as in the more common skin-prick test.

What do experts Say?

In 2003 applied kinesiology was the 10th most frequently used chiropractic technique in the United States. This means it has been a pretty popular choice for dealing with the energy malfunctions of the body. This does not attest to actual results, but it does indicate there is sufficient trust and belief in the practice of applied kinesiology.

People suffering with advanced symptoms of allergies are generally willing to try anything to get rid of these lifelong, frustrating symptoms. Many times, allergies disappear all together with applied kinesiology, despite the western scientist’s views of the procedure. It seems that there is more to human life than meets the eye and those issues of faith, belief, and overall attitude can and do affect the flow of energy in the body and subsequently affect the results obtained from applied kinesiology.

This means that your own attitude about applied kinesiology could determine weather or not your body will let down its guard for healthier reprogramming. In this case, you must be the expert. It is a new and evolving area of medicine that just might help you defeat a lifelong allergy problem.