Muscle testing was founded by George Goodheart in the 1960s and this system of testing is based on an indicator muscle response. The indicator muscle is the appointed muscle for the purpose of the testing and is usually the arm. Tests are based on a weak or strong muscle response and involves a two pound pressure applied by the tester to the client to determine whether a muscle is weak (indicating deficiency) or strong (the client can resist the pressure applied to the arm indicating no deficiency).
The indicator muscle is used to determine whether a substance, for example, a vitamin, will be of benefit to the body, this will be indicated by a ‘weak’ muscle response (indicating deficiency) while a sample of the vitamin is held to the body, usually the stomach. With intent, a strong indicator n muscle will mean that the substance is not required; a weak response will indicate that it’s required.
There are many questions held over alternative approaches to gaining health, muscle testing is one of these areas that poses such questions. As muscle testing is based largely on intention, (deciding that a strong muscle is a yes response as opposed to weak muscle equaling ‘no’ response), this is where the uncertainty lies and questions whether muscle testing is viable. One could counter-argue that Medicine suffers when challenged with the placebo effect in the same way.
In closing I will say that muscle testing is subject to the following challenges:
– testing is based on the assumption that the energy field of the vitamin for example is picked up by the body and further, the intent of the test is understood by the body which replies as a weak or strong muscle response.
– the alternative health field is not as regulated as the mainstream healthcare system, I would opt for a practitioner with a lot of experience plus a relevant degree in health etc as this usually gives a more solid foundation to the study.
– muscle testing doesn’t have any pre-requisites to undertake as a study and can suffer from lack of experience thereby devaluing any progress in the field. These points are also applicable to mainstream medicine, for example, not so long ago eggs were on the hit list as being not good in excess of three per week. Recent local radio advertising here in Ireland promote eggs with the slogan ‘an egg a day is ok”