• 1. If a patient presents with low back pain, the doctor will test individual back, pelvic and leg muscles in order to determine which are functioning properly and which are not. Therapy is then aimed at restoring balance between muscles in order to provide proper support to the low back.

  • 2.  Muscle testing can be used to locate a specific area of dysfunction in a patient's body. For example, a patient may touch an active reflex point on the body which may then cause a weak muscle to strengthen or a strong muscle to weaken. This would indicate that that reflex point needs to be treated.

  • 3.  A single muscle may be tested repeatedly as a way of monitoring a patient’s physical, chemical or emotional reactions to stimuli:

physical: a strong muscle may become weak when the doctor provokes a vertebra or cranial bone in a certain direction. This tells the doctor in which direction that bone needs to be manipulated.

chemical: a doctor may place a vitamin or food on the patient's tongue and check for a change in strength. This will determine whether a food or vitamin is harmful or helpful for a patient.

: a patient may be asked to visualize a situation or to verbalize certain phrases. This method helps to uncover problems that lie dormant in a patient's unconscious mind.

  • 4.  Muscle testing can also be used to verify the efficacy of treatment. For example, after treating a meridian point, the muscle that was related to that point may not be strong, indicating that that point needs further stimulation. Once the point has been properly stimulated, that muscle will no longer demonstrate weakness.