A muscle test: is specific to the muscle you’re testing, and its purpose is to determine strength in a given muscle or range of motion.
A CNS test: has nothing to do with the muscle being tested. A muscle is chosen as an ‘indicator muscle’, and then used as a feedback loop while the CNS is exposed to various stimuli. If a stimulus weakens the CNS, the indicator muscle goes weak as a response, and the person is said to have ‘CNS Tested weak’ for that stimulus.
The principle of CNS testing is one of the most important discoveries in the history of human biology. I predict that as health care practitioners learn how to use it properly, it will change the face of modern health care.
The issue with CNS testing is that results differ, sometimes wildly. There is an infamous story about a woman who went to see a rogue CNS Tester who had taken a weekend course by Dr. George Goodheart, the founder of Applied Kinesiology (the medical discipline that uses CNS Testing as its primary diagnostic technique). The rogue tester informed her that one of her fallopian tubes was blocked, that it might be cancer, and that she was incapable of ever bearing children. She then went to another Doctor (not sure whether they were A.K. or not) who correctly informed her that not only did she not have cancer but that she was pregnant.
These are the sorts of problems we need to avoid when CNS testing, so here are some simple rules to ensure you don’t make mistakes in your tests:
Things that can go wrong with a CNS Test
(see also, Things that can go wrong with a Muscle Test)
Mistakes of understanding:
- You can diagnose a medical problem when you don’t have a license to diagnose. Even if you’re right, and sometimes you may be, you can get sued or simply cause harm to the person. Don’t diagnose anything.
- You can prescribe a ‘cure’ once you’ve diagnosed a ‘condition’. Don’t prescribe things
Mistakes of timing:
- In the case of CNS Testing a magnetic field, it will only work when the stimulus is in the body’s own magnetic field. If you hold a substance or object against the stomach, you may get an accurate result. If you take it away and then perform the test, it won’t work. Magnetic fields don’t linger in space, they’re immediate and local.
- In the case of CNS Testing an exercise, you can wait too long. An exercise range of motion will only cause an inhibition of the CNS for 3 to 5 seconds (it depends on the strength of the stimulus). If you get into a conversation about the weather and then perform the test, it will no longer be accurate.
Mistakes of therapy localization:
- If the testing subject’s one hand is inadvertently on an organ or injured area and you’re using the other hand as an indicator to test something else, they may be therapy-localizing an injured or imbalanced area, in which case your test results will be skewed.
- When you’re preforming the test with the indicator muscle, you may grasp an injured area (say, a sprained wrist) in which case you’re firing the pain receptors in their brain and will get a weak response on the indicator muscle no matter what stimulus you’re actually testing
Mistakes of interference:
- An electromagnetic field, such as from a cell phone or ipod, may interfere with the CNS test. It is a simple matter to eliminate these factors by ensuring the indicator muscle is strong before introducing the stimulus in question.
For all other factors, see Things that can go wrong with a Muscle test.
I’m opening this up to the Experiments in Muscle Testing community. If you can think of something that has gone wrong with a CNS test you’ve done, and it isn’t on this list, add it in the comments below. If its not a repetition of one of the points, I’ll add it onto the official list so everyone can benefit from your experience.
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