Applied Kinesiology is also known as Muscle Response Testing.

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Muscle response testing is a non-invasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs in real time.

How is it done?

The practitioner touches a specific point on the client’s body, while the other hand gently pushes down on the extended arm to see if it is stronger or weaker than without touching the point.

If this point irritated the nervous system, it will cause a temporary interruption in the electrical system, causing the muscle to go weak, which indicated that this point is weakened.

There are around 365 points on the body that correlate to a vitamin, mineral, organ or system in the body.

The body is capable of responding either strong or weak, revealing very valuable information.

How does it work and why?

When we stimulate an energy point in our body with excess energy, we are creating thousands of instant reactions in the nervous system which in turn reacts by creating visible changes.

These changes can manifest in different ways such as:

  • increase of heart rate
  • alteration of the breathing rate
  • changes of the pulse
  • skin changes
  • muscles may get stronger or weaker

It is this muscle reaction that we pay special attention to as an indicator for assessment of the body. It can be used to provide information on energy blockages, the functioning of the organs, deficiencies and sensitivities. It can also be used to test the body’s responses to other substances such as a reaction to herbs, remedies and other supplements.

Albert Einstein proved everything in the world vibrates at unique frequencies, specifically balanced to hold the particular atoms together. The human body is composed of different kinds of vibrating energy and frequencies. Throughout the body exists energy channels or pathways that send and receive electromagnetic signals. These pathways are sometimes called Meridians. When there is weakness or blockages on any point of these pathways, the body expends a lot more energy to get signals through if possible.

All along the pathways are reflex points that have a connection to nerves, glands, organs and bodily needs. If any of these reflex points are unbalanced, lacking the correct and unique vibration, it creates an irritating reflex of the central nervous system which in turn produces a weakness of the muscle when touched.


Muscle response testing was introduced in 1964 by a chiropractor, Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr.

Dr. Goodheart developed this technique as a diagnostic system called Applied Kinesiology, which allows the muscle to be tested to determine the needs of the body.

Every organ dysfunction and nutritional need is accompanied by a specific muscle weakness related to a specific point on the body.

Applied Kinesiology, commonly known as muscle response testing, is based on the concept of internal energy, fundamental to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Used by many:

  • acupuncturists
  • chiropractors
  • osteopaths
  • naturopaths
  • holistic medical professionals
  • veterinarians
  • massage therapist
  • other practitioners