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Muscle Testing – answer to injury prevention and better performance?

16-Jan-2014

I have been working as a chiropractor for 10 years now, and since I started I have been looking for a way to find out the CAUSE of a person’s injury. Not merely treat the symptoms.

About 3 years ago, my quest led me to the amazing field of muscle testing. I am sure that I have unlocked one the most powerful and efficient way to diagnose my patient’s CAUSE behind their injury.

As you probably know from experience, the most stubborn injuries are not the ones that begin because of trauma (bump, fall or twist). Instead, they seem to come from nowhere. They start off as a little niggle and progress until running is dysfunctional, painful, or maybe even impossible.

Ice, massage, ultrasound and electric stimulation will usually ease the symptoms but often, as soon as you begin to train again – ouch!

In this case, a different approach is required.

 

Let’s take a step back. What causes these injuries to come out of nowhere? The simple answer is “focal stress”. In other words, there is a part of the body that has a concentration of extra force (stress) placed on it. This is due to the body compensating for another area not functioning properly. Aside from major asymmetries, like a scoliosis or leg length discrepancy, these compensations are usually due to a functional issue.

By muscle testing, I can quickly discover how well your nervous system is controlling your muscles. In other words, we can identify which muscles are inhibited or “switched off”. Once this discovery has been made, we get a much deeper understanding of where the compensation is coming from. The treatment (usually a chiropractic adjustment or soft tissue release, like ART) is directed to “switching on” the inhibited muscles.

When all your muscles are “switched on”, you move more efficiently and there is little or no focal stress.

One of the main benefits of this approach is that the effectiveness of the treatment can be immediately assessed. In other words, “Is the previously inhibited muscle now working?” If the answer is “No”, then I have to keep searching. If the answer is “Yes”, then the patient will stand up and almost always feel the difference.

Muscle testing is one of the tools I use to help me discover unique dysfunctions which create pain or poor performance. I use it not only to help me direct personalised treatments, but also to continually measure progress.