Muscle Testing

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Each body’s needs are different, and each body holds all the answers to what it needs. Kinesiology is simple, non-invasive, and inexpensive. It is a relatively recent methodology that is becoming more widely utilized by veterinarians, chiropractors, medical doctors, dentists, sports trainers and natural health care practitioners. For more than forty years the use of kinesiology has been developing and it has branched out in many directions. New information is unfolding all the time for use in treatment and prevention. Kinesiology, which works with the body’s own inner intelligence and ability to heal itself, can help determine the underlying cause of a problem and reveal what is needed to address it, by simply asking the body. But how is that done?


Kinesiology is often described as “muscle testing”, a way to read the body by feeling a response from the muscles. Muscles are part of the body’s communication system and they provide a method by which the body can be read. This diagnostic and therapeutic system is based upon muscular reactions to specific questions, situations, or objects. Kinesiology takes the guesswork out of what and how to treat by allowing the body to reveal precisely where the problem is and what it needs to heal itself. Through muscle testing, the therapist can access the body’s communication system, gather information, act on the information received, and recheck to see if the treatment was effective.

Kinesiology and muscle testing can do miracles for healing health problems of people naturally, and it works even better on animals. This is because animals are less likely to eat the wrong food (as long as we feed them correctly) or to have emotional problems. And unlike some people, they don’t have subconscious thoughts which sabotage their desire to do what it takes to get well.

So why would you want to do muscle testing for a pet?  Simply, you can discover things about what might be causing your pet’s illness.

How Muscle Testing Is Done on Humansmuscle-test3

The normal way of testing is to use the extended arm, as though as a lever; held out perpendicular to the body (whether the subject is standing, sitting, or lying down doesn’t matter), it either can or can’t easily be pushed downward by the tester.  Usually, it’s a clear yes or no, and when it’s no, it’s really no!

You can also test yourself by making an “O” from touching one’s thumb and little finger together, and seeing if one can easily break through the ring with a finger of the other hand.
Dr. Roger DeHaan, DVM, veterinarian and educator from Frazee, Minnesota, uses applied kinesiology along with several other complementary modalities in his veterinary practice.

“Kinesiology is utilized very successfully with animals,” he says. “Since they can’t respond to your command to resist with a muscle, you use a surrogate. I like to tell people it’s like a jumper cable. It’s just an electrical transfer. They’re touching the animal, I test their arm, and I test a point, and we have just completed an electrical circuit.”

He explains, “There are many different terminologies for testing, but all of them have to do with electromagnetic energy flow in the system. Every cell is like a microchip, with positive and negative energy flow. Cells have energy flow and glands have their unique energy flow; there’s a very complex electrical circuit within the body. There are different connections, points, and switches in the body, which is what we are testing.”

How Muscle Testing Can Be Done on an Animalmuscle-test-pet

You can use surrogate testing, having a person stand in, so to speak, for the subject being tested.  Simply put your hand on top of the surrogate’s body.  Energy from the subject flows through the surrogate, and the weakness or strength can be seen in the surrogate’s body. That way it’s possible to do muscle testing on an animal.

The surrogate keeps one hand on the animal and their arm outstretched to the side at shoulder height. The tester asks for resistance while he pushes down on the arm. Then a supplement or other substance to be tested is placed against the animal while the tester retests the strength in the surrogate’s resisting arm. If the resistance is stronger with the substance, it is considered a positive response and the substance is considered helpful. If the resistance is weaker, the substance is considered not helpful. Also, certain points on the animal’s body may be touched such as organ, gland, or infection points, to determine the source of some problems.

Who can be a Surrogate?

Not just anybody can be used as a surrogate. One’s own system has to be in good electrical condition. Says Dr. DeHaan, “If somebody has had a lot of operations, is taking medication, or has metal pins or plates in his body, his own system might not be working well, and he might not be a good pair of jumper cables. There is a way to test him for suitability, and if he’s not in good electrical condition, then you find somebody else.

“Likewise, the person who does the testing also has to be in good polarity, and needs to be in reasonable health with good electrical circuits. The human brain, which is part of the circuit, must be in a neutral mode and in a healthy state to get the proper results back. It’s like a computer. If you have some short circuits or bad information in it, then you don’t get the right information back.”

Kinesiology is trainable and teachable, and anybody can learn some but those who are gifted can be exceptional and often use more advanced forms. Those who have advanced training are far more accurate and get far more useful information than those who just do muscle testing or kinesiology in more subjective terms or with less learned methodologies.

Dr. DeHaan summarizes, “To me, kinesiology is a complementary medicine, meaning it complements other things. It is not something that stands alone all by itself. It’s a useful diagnostic methodology, a methodology for acquiring information. It is not 100% accurate, but I would say it is probably 90% accurate for those who are properly trained in it.”

Information obtained from Natural Horse Magazine who thanks Roger DeHaan, DVM, MTS  Roger DeHaan is a veterinarian with 32 years experience in natural animal care



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