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The Mechanics of Muscle Testing: How It's Done
The basic idea is that the brain monitors and controls the entire body through the rest of the nervous system. Because the nervous system also controls the state of the muscular system, a kinesiologist is able to tell something about the body by measuring how the muscles are working from moment to moment.
This is usually done through a simple manual muscle test, in which the subject attempts to resist a force applied against the action of a muscle or group of muscles.
Typically, the subject extends an arm or a leg and tries to hold it up, while the kinesiologist tries to push it down. There are also more specific tests to isolate individual muscles for evaluation.
During the test, the kinesiologist feels for changes in the amount or character of the force that must be applied to overcome the resistance of the subject.
Anything that has an immediate effect on the body can produce a change in the state of the muscles, through the nervous system.
The kinesiologist is generally looking for what will produce such a change. Various body positions, reflex points, hand modes, or nutrients are among the things a kinesiologist might test in this way.
This method of directly testing the body's responses to different stimuli is noninvasive, and can allow a kinesiologist to determine what treatment, if any, will have a favorable impact on the health of the subject.

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