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Muscle Testing in Chiropractic Care

Every organ and muscle of our body is directed by chemical and electrical signals which are sent to and from the brain through the nervous system. If there is an interference with the signals, this shows up in testing as a weakened muscle, altered reflex, or change in sensation. Together, these tests to allow the doctor to isolate the exact spinal nerve level, nerve, and specific muscle affected, to render an opinion.

A reflex is an involuntary and immediate movement by a muscle in response to a stimulus. When a doctor uses a reflex hammer on your elbow or knee, for example, he is stimulating impulses into the spinal column and evaluating the resulting muscle response out of the spinal cord. Grading of neurology or raw muscle strength, posture imbalance, and body movement requires the experienced subjectivity of a professional. Raw strength is graded on a 1-5 scale. A “5” means that there is full raw strength through the full range of motion against resistance of a joint; a “1” means there is little evidence that a muscle is contracting at all. Measuring sensation the acuity or sharpness of sensation measures the impulse into the brain.

Types of Muscle Tests

There are many medical strength, reflex, and sensation tests used in muscle testing. Some are specifically for the newborn, for diseases, or for heart and adrenal function. Neurological muscle tests, when performed with professional experience by a medic or chiropractor, have very distinct meaning. Below are a few examples of the specifics aforementioned.

Spinal Levels Muscle/Motor Sensation Reflex Response
Cervical Five Bicep/Deltoid Lateral Arm Bicep reflex
Cervical Six Bicep/Wrist Thumb side of extensors Brachioradialis hand & forearm reflex
Cervical Seven Tricep Middle of finger and Palm of hand Triceps reflex

Muscle Testing and Kinesiology

In addition, chiropractors assess neurology and muscle balance by evaluating posture and body movement during range of motion testing and different activities such as walking, bending, or reaching, especially for sports injuries, children, and herniated discs. Chiropractic research and muscle testing has advanced beyond our previous narrative, and has even redefined the terms muscle testing and kinesiology.

George J. Goodheart, a chiropractor, founded Applied Kinesiology in 1964. Muscle testing and Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health by using a method referred to as manual muscle testing alongside conventional diagnostic methods. In AK, the main premise is that every organ has a relationship with a corresponding muscle, termed the “viscero-somatic relationship.” (Viscero = organ and somatic = body.)

A manual muscle test in AK is conducted by having the patient resist movement using a target muscle or muscle group while the practitioner applies a gentle force. A healthy response is sometimes referred to as “strong” (no movement), and a response that is positive for a problem is referred to as “weak” (allows muscle movement). This is not a raw test of strength, but rather an evaluation of tension during contraction of the individual muscle spindle cells. A weak muscle test is equated to dysfunction and chemical or structural imbalance or mental stress.

“Therapy localization” is another AK technique used with manual muscle testing. The patient or doctor places a third hand not being used in the muscle test on the skin over an area or muscle suspected of need for intervention. This fingertip contact may lead to a change in muscle response from weak to strong. If the areas touched are not without a need for intervention, the muscle response is unaffected, and then proper positioning or raw muscle dysfunction is assessed.

Chiropractor for Muscle Testing

I specialize in many treatments which may be used individually or in combination to provide easy and convenient solutions for your discomfort:

Spinal Adjustment

A gentle process to carefully meet your personal adjustment needs over time. I use many adjusting techniques from non-force to traditional, tailoring the techniques for each patient. Results are measured by exam, not symptoms, as it relates to your health as reported in the Winsor Study. Health insurance, budgets, and family plans are all a part of our healthy chiropractic philosophy of life.

Soft Tissue Chiropractic

Sports injury treatment handles muscle, tendon, and ligament imbalance, scar tissue, hardening, tension, trigger points, and ankylosis with soft tissue techniques. We treat all ages from the elderly down to newborns using muscular spinal fixes.

Additional Therapy

Electrical modalities may be used for inflammation, pain control, herniated discs, degeneration, bone spurs, sports and car injury, and soft tissue rehabilitation (muscle, tendon, imbalance, scars, hardening, tension, ankylosis).

Exercise & Meditation

Exercises or meditation techniques basics assist in maintenance of your body. Acute care skills are for pain management of a condition.

Nutrition Response Testing

Silent causes can lead to recurring or chronic issues. A relatively healthy body can have weakness from deficiencies, toxins, past lifestyle, or immune challenges. Read the article my colleague wrote on Pasteur vs. Bechamp as it relates to toxins even back in the early 19th century.

Applied Kinesiology

The AK basics are used to supplement other care.

I believe chiropractic, with my experience and proven track record of success in relieving pain symptoms, is an effective remedy to reduce and eliminate your suffering.

We both share the same goal for your pain and your overall wellness. We believe our highly personalized care and treatment is why generations of local families have chosen to call us their chiropractor for over 20 years. Please contact me for a free consultation.

Dr. John G. Marone
Holistic Chiropractor