Muscle testing, also known as applied kinesiology, is an alternative method of allergy testing. Allergies are the result of the body reacting to various types of chemicals and substances. You may have an allergy if contact with certain things brings on strong and sudden side effects like runny nose, itchy skin, or hives.
Traditional Western medicine utilizes various types of testing to determine the cause of your allergic reactions. Unfortunately, these methods involve certain levels of discomfort as the patient is directly exposed to known allergens and monitored for reactions.
Applied kinesiology is not a practice adopted by traditional medical doctors, but that does not mean it does not produce positive results in the many people who have tried it.
Who Performs Muscle Testing and Why
Acupuncturists, chiropractors, NAET practitioners, and some physicians use applied kinesiology to determine if your muscles show signs of weakness while in the presence of toxins and allergens. This helps to identify a cause of imbalances in the flow of energy between the various systems of the body.
The theory is that when you are in the presence of an allergen, your body’s energy is affected, causing your muscles to become slightly weaker. During testing, specific allergens are identified, which can be cured by performing a series of exercises. Corrective procedures are also used to redirect and reprogram the nervous system for optimal function.
Manual muscle testing involves holding a small sample of a given allergy in a glass vial. The form of exposure is safe because the sample size is small and is contained with a jar, but is significant enough to cause a reaction if the body has an allergic response.
For example, the vial could contain an extract of cat dander to test for allergies relating to cats. The Surrey Allergy Clinic reports that it is common to use an antidote, or baseline stabilizer, to help determine the precision of a specific muscle testing procedure.
Muscle Testing Procedure
Muscle testing involves holding the vial of a potential allergen in front of certain areas of your body. These areas include the thymus gland, the reproductive gland above the pelvis, and also the spleen and the liver regions of the belly.
These sensitive regions can respond to foreign and threatening energy signatures from up to two feet away. As you stand while holding the vial in one hand, the practitioner tests the strength of your muscles of your opposite arm. The practitioner will hold your arm up and apply pressure with his or her hands to determine the relative reaction of the body system as a whole. This is also known as muscle response testing.
An allergic response will quickly cause the body to re-rout its energy to protective chemical mechanisms, causing less biomechanical energy to be available for muscle strength. A significantly weakened muscle will usually indicate that the energy flow has drastically changed for the moment due to the chemical responses of the nervous system. A manual muscle testing chart is used to quickly trace the root of the problem.
What is the Difference from Conventional Testing?
The commonly accepted way to test for allergies involves skin-prick tests. During these tests, a small liquid sample of the allergen is inserted into the skin. After a period of 15 to 20 minutes, the skin is evaluated for signs of an allergic reaction. A large red bump means the body has reacted. For example, if you are allergic to dust mites, your body has an electro-chemical response that produces histamine and causes inflammation.
Essentially, it is using a similar ideology for testing, but the effects are found through a different physical pathway. When this is seen, the various layers of criticism and skepticism relating to muscle tested are dissolved in the greater understanding.
Both of these forms of allergy testing are finding out if the body has an extreme reaction when exposed to a potential allergen. Skin-prick tests puncture the skin and may cause new reactions to develop that were never present.
A positive test would indicate an unknown allergy, but what if it was actually just caused by the test itself. This conundrum has spurred many alternative practitioners to adopt muscle testing as a neutral way to observe the body more passively.
During manual muscle testing, the body is exposed to a subtler and less invasive form of the conflicting energy pattern. This can make it harder to detect, but often an experienced practitioner relies on amplified physiological changes to help find the specific signs of allergy.
Evidential Support for Muscle Testing
The Surrey Allergy Clinic explains that there is not much scientific evidence to support muscle testing for allergies as a reliable form of allergy determination. Regional differences between the procedures used from clinic to clinic can make it difficult to compare results.
Sometimes the addition of magnets is used to further alter the magnetic field in conjunction with the allergy vial in order to turn up the volume on strange energetic occurrences. These differences, combined with people who do not perform the procedures correctly or with the right intent, cause verified studies to remain unconfirmed.
Traditional medical science looks to explain in logical detail those procedures that are pretty much guaranteed to work for everyone. Alternative medical practices however, deal directly with the flow of conscious energy through the organic body system. This life energy is sensitive to the ideas, biases, and beliefs of the people involved in an experiment and therefore, double-blind testing is likely to deliver strange results.
Uncontrollable and undetermined energetic interferences keep studies unable to prove the validity of muscle testing for allergies, but that does not mean it will not work for you, if you come with the right attitude. Science has proven that thought flow has a continuous impact on the various functions of your body.