Preview a technique from the book - Muscle Test Reliability

Muscle Test Reliability

Background

This is to help make muscle testing more accurate. These are all normal reactions. Probably every single patient does one of the following actions.

1 Neurological Disorganisation

See Neurological Disorganisation, centering, K-27 and crossed K-27.

2 Bone Tapping

See Bone tapping (page 82).

3 Short Circuiting the hand

The hand may be placed on the body on a related reflex area accidentally. Or the hand may unintentionally close, making a finger mode or touching the end of a related meridian. These can all affect the result of a muscle test.

4 Head Position

The head position of the client can affect the result of the muscle test. This can easily happen when a curious patient is trying to see what you are doing and they move their head to see you better. Moving the head moves the vertebrae in the neck and can affect the Lovett connection with the lower back. If the vertebrae in the neck or lower back are related to the muscle test, that will affect the muscle test result.

5 Muscle Recruitment

The client inherently does not want to test as weak. So their body may unconsciously recruit other muscles to support the muscle being tested. The hips, shoulders and feet are the most common ones but always be on the look out for the client recruiting other muscles. They may only need to raise their hip or shoulder just a tiny bit for it to affect a muscle test.

6 Positions of legs and feet

When testing a client in the standing position, they may move one foot ahead to get more leverage. Or they may open their legs out sideways and inadvertently place themselves into a pause lock. They may turn their foot in or out to get better support. While they are on the table they may cross their legs, flex their toes, or extend their knees.

7 Tongue position

If the client had an occiput that needed correction then moving the tongue in different directions would affect the result of a muscle test. If the client had a cranial fault then placing their tongue on the roof of the mouth can affect the result of a muscle test. If they put their tongue down, they could recruit the hyoid muscles. Pushing the tongue onto roof of mouth will strengthen the whole body but this may show up as tensing in the client's face.

8 Teeth

If the client is chewing gum, that can affect the results. If the client's tongue touches a neurological tooth, that can affect the results.

9 Sphincter Synergy

It was noticed that when people attempt a physical feat, as in lifting something heavy, people go into different facial grimaces to do it. They get strength from that.

So squeezing sphincters in the body can affect the results of a muscle test. Facial grimaces like squeezing the eye or mouth can affect the result of a test. Also squeezing the rectum can affect the result of a test. This can happen if the client is trying to suppress passing wind or just trying to test as strong.

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