What’s a kinesiology test?

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Kinesiology testing assesses the body’s efficiency, accuracy, and overall performance, providing valuable information about movement dysfunction and internal functions of the body. Manual muscle testing is used to analyze movement and power, allowing medical professionals to detect movement difficulties and begin a treatment regimen.

The body methodically coordinates all of its different systems to function and move properly. The movement process is actually very technical in nature, and is tested and studied through a scientific field called kinesiology. When an assessment is provided to test the body’s efficiency, accuracy, and overall performance, it is referred to as kinesiology testing.

Similar to a bad battery connection causing a tool to malfunction, when the body is experiencing health problems, a major clue to the problem is movement disturbances or difficulties. Using a kinesiology test, medical professionals can get a better overall picture of how injury, illness, or disease affects the body. Since medical theories suggest that every system in the body works in unison with the rest, an internal health problem can cause weakness or movement problems in muscles directly related to the affected area; the results of a kinesiology test can provide valuable information. This assessment can provide useful information not only about movement dysfunction, but also about internal functions of the body, such as chemical, structural or neurological problems that affect the way the body reacts and moves.

Because even small changes in the way an individual moves can impact other parts of the body, it’s important to discover these changes and attempt to correct them. Consider an ankle injury that causes pain. In turn, this pain causes the body to compensate by limping. Lameness can nullify general movement by changing the way the leg, hip, and even torso react. Left unmanaged, compensation techniques can lead to more dysfunction. While not used as a means to diagnose a medical condition, by administering a kinesiology test, affected areas can be assessed and a treatment protocol put in place to help correct the problem and limit compensation techniques.

A kinesiology test is typically administered to an area of ​​dysfunction. The main technique used is called manual muscle testing. This is a simple test to analyze the way your body moves and how much power is behind each movement. The affected body part is moved through its full range of motion, using resistance, and the results are graded. Generally, if there is no interruption in motion, the muscle under test will be able to perform its full range of motion against significant resistance without problems. If there is no muscle movement or contraction, a grade of “zero” is assigned. If the muscle contracts but the limb cannot move, the grade is “trace”. This classification system allows medical professionals to detect movement difficulties and begin a treatment regimen to reduce the chances of permanent mobility problems.

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