You’ve heard of muscle testing, but where does it actually come from?
In 1964, Dr. George Goodheart Jr., a chiropractic physician practicing in Detroit, Michigan, began teaching a method of diagnosis and treatment called Applied Kinesiology.
Dr. Goodheart’s observations began with the muscular system of the body. He found that a muscle spasm is typically the result of other opposing muscles being in a state of imbalance and that correction involves stimulation of the weak or inhibited muscle. (1)
How We Diagnose and Treat the Body
Do we use an X-ray or CT scan to treat an injury? No, these are diagnostic tools. Yet, in China, for over 2,000 years, the energy pathways of the body, or meridians, have been the basis of a system of diagnosis and treatment that uses the body’s relationship with itself in order to diagnose and treat symptoms in the body.
In 1964, Dr. Goodheart observed what many other scientists, engineers, and theorists were already confirming:
- That there is indeed a bio-electric field surrounding the body.
- This bio-electric field also surrounds every living component within the body.
- There is a dialogue between the elements within this bio-electric field.
- This bio-electric dialogue is what makes movement, life, growth, regeneration, balance, and even disease possible.
Scientists like Paul Weiss, Harold Saxon Burr, and Leonard Ravitz were investigating the medical and therapeutic implications of a bio-electric field as early as the 1930s. According to Burr, this field was a “blueprint-like mold for all life.”
- Burr called this blueprint the L-field.
- Burr and Ravitz also found that both emotional and physical stimuli move measurable energy within the body.
- This led them to equate emotions with energy.
- They found that the L-field, or blueprint, disappears completely before physical death. (2)
Dr. Goodheart observed that sometimes an imbalance becomes so extreme that the body’s natural self-healing abilities are inhibited, and the body communicates balance or imbalance, health or disease, through its muscles.
When Dr. Goodheart was making his discoveries, Western physicians were just beginning to notice entire planes of fascia within the body.
Scientists have found that fascia is arranged along planes within the body. What is astounding is that these fascial planes are incredibly similar to acupuncture meridians! Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau, a surgeon who works with fascia and muscular structures, has shown that even light touch on the skin can reach deeply into the body’s structures. (3)
By working with the same bio-electric field that scientists are still seeking to fully understand, as well as the extensive network of fascia within the body, Applied Kinesiology evaluates the body through muscle testing.
Using Muscle Testing to Uncover Your Patterns of Imbalance
Dr. Darren Weissman developed a system of healing that is called The LifeLine Technique and uses principles of Applied Kinesiology with the principles of reflex and the subconscious mind. His method, called Muscle Reflex Testing (MRT), accesses the subconscious mind through resistance techniques similar to Applied Kinesiology and evaluates the emotional, biochemical, structural, and spiritual balance of person’s body and life.
To easily learn how to do Muscle Reflex Testing yourself, check out Dr. Weissman’s DVD - Muscle Reflex Testing: Interpreting the Language of the Subconscious Mind.
Learning how to Muscle Reflex Test yourself will allow you to bring the subconscious mind to the surface while engaging the conscious mind. The conscious mind, as Dr. Weissman points out, is where choice exists. Using the LifeLine Technique and MRT, one is able to resolve old patterns and subconscious programs by making us conscious of them. Once there is conscious awareness, there is choice. Through choice, change can occur.
What to Remember Most About This Article:
Science has proven that there is a bio-electric field that surrounds the body and supports life, growth, movement, balance, and even disease. For this reason, an imbalance in the body will often trigger an imbalance in the muscles.
Manual muscle testing will work with the bio-electric field of the body to discover underlying patterns of imbalance in the subconscious mind. Muscle Reflex Testing is used to detect biochemical, emotional, structural, and spiritual imbalances that have accumulated in the muscles. You can learn to Muscle Reflex Test yourself to bring your subconscious mind and body into balance and a state of health.
- George J. Goodheart / Walter Schmitt, Video: Applied Kinesiology, Session 1 (10 Session Syllabus), February 1982.
- G.K.Playfair and S. Hill, The Cycles of Heaven, Pan 1979.