Muscle Testing 101: Everything You Need To Know About How Muscle Testing Works.

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You've probably experienced muscle testing at some point in your life.

Typically it involves someone pushing down on your arm or trying to pull your fingers apart, while you are in the presence of something you're muscle testing for, like a suspected allergenic food placed in your mouth or a bracelet on your wrist or even an emotional trigger like another person in the room.

If you test weak, you're supposedly “sensitive” to that item, food, person, etc.

And if you test strong, it supposedly is good for you.

I really didn't understand how muscle testing works (and kind of viewed it as more of a “party trick”) until I had today's conversation with Dr. Kenneth Best, D.C., a Los Angeles chiropractor who specializes in something called “Applied Kinesiology “.

During our talk, I ask Dr. Best:

-What is muscle testing?

-How does it work?

-How do you learn how to do it?

-Are there different types of muscle testing?

-Has it been proven by science?

-What kind of things is it used for?

When you listen, you're going to find out how you can go get muscle testing for identifying basic nutrition deficiencies you might have and even have yourself test for more advanced body dysfunctions such as:

  • Myofascial adhesions
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment
  • Spinal segmental misalignments
  • Neurologic degeneraton
  • Damaged autonomic nervous system
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Toxic chemical influences
  • Dysfunction in production or circulation of cerebrospinal fluid
  • Adverse mechanical tension in the nerve cell membranes
  • Meridian system imbalance
  • Lymphatic and vascular impairment

Here's the interview:

Dr. Best mentions “The International College of Applied Kinesiology” during our interview, which is a really good resource if you want to geek out on muscle testing more, learn how to do muscle testing yourself, or find someone who is qualified to muscle test you.

In addition, as I mention during the audio, I actually sent Dr. Best my Superhuman Encoder wristband to test, and the video below shows muscle testing of the wristband in action (yes, I agree the hypnotist lady in the video comes off as pretty cheesy, but it's still a helpful way to see how this stuff works).

In the video, pay close attention to the part where it shows what happens when you're wearing the Encoder and using electronics or things that produce an electromagnetic field. I thought that part was very interesting, since I spend lots of time on a computer or with a smartphone.

What do YOU think about muscle testing? Are you skeptical? Do you think it works? Have you ever had muscle testing done on yourself? Leave your questions, comments and feedback below.

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11 thoughts on “Muscle Testing 101: Everything You Need To Know About How Muscle Testing Works.

  1. Tom Weitz says:

    Not saying I don’t believe all of this but one thing I’d like to see in the flexibility test is use the encoder first. Then test without.

    People almost always can bend further after subsequent attempts. Try doing several attempts, not just two, to maximize the potential. Do as many attempts as reasonable until there is absolutely no way of going further with muscles fully warmed and pliable. THEN add the encoder to see what happens.
    I’ve done a bunch of flexibility tests with subjects in general fitness tests and people can always go further after several attempts.

  2. Matt Kurtzhals says:

    Ben, what are your thoughts on applied kinesiology?

  3. Buffy says:

    Today I muscle tested to see which supplement would work best for me to get rid of candida that I am fighting to get rid of in my body. Amazing! I am so happy that I am able to find something that is going to help me kick this, oh……and staying off sugar!

  4. Olivia says:

    hi ben- can i listen to this podcast? i cant find a link to it x

    1. Looking into it Olivia

  5. steve says:

    Muscle testing has science behind it they muscle test everything from food sensitivity to, religion there’s a book that goes deeper into how they tested a whole boat load of stuff religions,relationships, its called power vs force…

  6. Diet recipes says:

    Its my pleasure that through reading this post I've come to know how muscle testing works and truly this article inspired me to do muscle testing as well. Thanks

  7. Yeah, we must know how muscle testing works and through knowing in such issue we can identify some body dysfunctions. Thanks

  8. Laura Pappas says:

    I haven't thought about using muscle testing from an athletic standpoint, but am currently seeing a holistic practitioner in my area and he has been able to help me connect the dots on things that I didn't completely understand related to blood work seeming to be in disconnect with my lifestyle. It's been helpful from a food allergy perspective too. I've had a really positive experience and am learning a lot more about my body and healing it as well. i think the hardest part is finding a person in your area.

  9. Stu Mittleman talks about muscle testing in the great running book Slow Burn. Ever since reading that, I've been very interested in the subject of applied kinesiology.

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