What is Muscle Testing?

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Many chiropractors use muscle testing in their practice as a way to test for nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Lowell Keppel is a chiropractor who not only uses muscle testing in his own practice, but teaches muscle testing to professionals in the wellness industry. We thought we’d ask Dr. Keppel some questions to learn more about that process.

What is muscle testing and what can it test for?

Muscle testing is a way for us to get information from the body. We are electro-magnetic beings that radiate energy.

When we muscle test, we are testing the energy of the body, organs and glands. If the energy is out of balance, muscles will respond to that energy. Muscle testing tells us if there is a problem, but NOT what the problem is. In other words, if we test the liver and the liver is out of balance, we will not know why the liver is out of balance, or what we need to do to help the liver, without also testing other reflexes.

We can test for nutritional supplements, homeopathy, herbs and emotional stress. We can also test the body for allergens and toxins.

Muscle testing does not tell the future, and it does not tell people what to do.

What is the difference between Applied Kinesiology, muscle testing, and Neuro Emotional Technique?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a technique taught to health professionals. It was started by Dr. George Goodheart, DC. The AK technique encompasses many things. One such technique is manually muscle testing isolated muscles. AK made a correlation of muscles to specific organs and glands. An example is how the hamstring muscle relates to the large intestines.

General muscle testing on the other hand, uses a straight arm test as an indicator muscle. It tests reflexes on the body and looks for a change in muscle response.

Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) uses muscle testing as an indicator to find emotional stress that is stuck in the body. NET then has a procedure to release the emotional stress that is disrupting the body’s normal physiological response. It is its own company.

How do you use muscle testing in your practice to check for nutritional deficiencies?

I use muscle testing on every patient to determine the area of the chiropractic subluxation, emotional stressors, nutritional issues, homeopathy and herbals support.

What evidence can you cite showing that muscle testing works as it relates to nutritional deficiencies?

You can find a lot of research by going to the One Research Foundation which can be found here: http://www.onefoundation.org/

Can people do muscle testing on themselves?

I do not promote the idea of self-muscle testing, although many people think they can to it. I question them being unbiased. If one muscle is “weak” how can the strong muscle be strong to make the weak muscle respond?


Thank you Dr. Keppel for answering some of our questions.   You can visit Dr. Keppel’s website here: http://www.doctorkeppel.com

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