So, muscle testing, or kinesiology, is a way of talking with the body to discover information, another form of it is finger dowsing. There are various types of muscle testing, gross and fine motor, you have probably experienced it if you have been in a physical therapy or Chiropractic office. Here is a definition from Dr. Andy Weil, MD:
“Kinesiology, also known as biomechanics, is the study of body movement. Applied kinesiology (AK) which is also known as muscle strength testing, is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands, and that specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances or other organ or gland problems. Practitioners contend that by correcting this muscle weakness, you can help heal a problem in the associated internal organ.”
History of Kinesiology Part I
“Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a practice of using manual muscle-strength testing for medical diagnosis and for the determination of prescribed therapy. It gives feedback on how the body is doing.
It originated in 1964 through the work of Dr. George Goodheart, a Chiropractor who pioneered this specialty. He discovered that the strength or weakness of every muscle was connected to the health or lack of health of a specific corresponding organ. He also determined that the indicator muscles were associated with acupuncture meridians.
He found that “beneficial” physical stimuli, like vitamins supplements, would increase the strength of certain indicator muscles that he tested. In addition, he saw that “hostile” stimuli would cause those muscles to go weak. To him, this implied that at a deep level, the body knows what is “good” for it and what is not.
History of Kinesiology Part II
Clinical Kinesiology came out of Applied Kinesiology. In 1968, Dr. Alan Beardall who had just graduated as a Chiropractor became one of Dr. Goodheart’s students. He went on to develop over 250 specific muscle tests to diagnose and evaluate structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health.
During a muscle test on a patient in 1983, Dr. Beardall discovered that particular hand positions (handmodes) could change the body’s response to the muscle test. This allowed this method of diagnosis to discover deeper, more underlying imbalances in the body’s energy patterns.
Today, many hundreds of “hand modes” have been discovered as “words” in a new body language.
History of Kinesiology Part III
Behavioral Kinesiology is also a refinement of Applied Kinesiology. In the late 1970’s, Dr. John Diamond, who worked as a psychiatrist and also with preventative medicine, made another discovery. He found that indicator muscles would strengthen or weaken in the presence of positive or negative emotional and intellectual stimuli, not just physical stimuli.
He began to use this tool to diagnose and treat psychiatric patients. He called it Behavioral Kinesiology. He also found the link between specific emotions and acupuncture meridians. A partial list is found in the Acupuncture Meridians page.
Dr. Diamond researched the effects of things like: music, art forms, facial expressions, voice modulation and emotional stress. Others were focusing on using muscle testing to detect allergies, nutritional disorders, and responses to medications.”