Muscle Testing Techniques Featured on the Dr. Oz Show

For nearly a decade, Dr. Mehmet Oz has been the host of The Dr. Oz Show, a daily TV program that focuses on an array of various medical issues and personal health topics. A renowned Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Oz is also the vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University. Along with being a published author and promoter of natural healing, Dr. Oz is also a big proponent of alternative medicine. As such, his episode featuring muscle testing techniques brought a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the mainstream media. In case you missed the episode, here’s a rundown of what muscle testing is, how it works, and how you can do muscle testing at home.

What is Muscle Testing?

With roots that can be traced back to the early 20th century, muscle testing, also known as applied kinesiology, is a holistic technique that can be used to access and release emotional or physical energies that inhibit the body. Because our bodies are constantly pulsing with powerful energies, negative emotions, memories, and experiences can often cause an imbalance in energy.

Muscle testing uses innovative methods to monitor any response to stimuli in the muscles. Through a variety of questions and observations, practitioners can implement muscle testing to gather a wealth of information from our subconscious mind and use this information to promote health and balance in the conscious.

How Muscle Testing Works

Though beneficial in results, the muscle testing process can often release deep, intense emotions and feelings due to pain, disease, and other experiences from the past. In order to understand the techniques used in muscle testing, it’s important to understand the difference between strong (positive) and weak (negative) muscle responses.

Muscle testing is a means of accessing your subconscious through various ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions. Every time you ask a question to which the answer is ‘yes,’ your muscles will respond by remaining strong. On the contrary, every time you ask a question in which the answer is ‘no,’ your muscles will become weak.

How to Perform Muscle Testing Techniques

As discussed in depth in The Emotion Code and described on The Dr. Oz Show, there are different methods that can be used for muscle testing. Below are three of the most common.

1. The Body Stress-Test
How to: Stand straight and still with your arms by your side and eyes closed. After several relaxation-focused breaths, present your first yes or no question. Depending on the person being tested, these questions might fall along the lines of, “Am I allergic to apples?” or “Do I have a trapped emotion about my divorce?” A sway forward indicates a strong ‘yes’ response, while a sway backward indicates a ‘no’.

2. The Ring-in-Ring Method
Make a chain-like link with the index fingers and thumbs of your hands. Ask a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question while gently pulling your linked fingers against each other – like you’re trying to break the link. A connection that’s easily broken indicates a negative response and a strong connection represents a positive response.

3. EMT Test
As demonstrated on The Dr. Oz Show, the EMT test is used solely to test for food allergies, environmental allergies, insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Stand face-to-face with your subject at arm’s length. Have the subject close their eyes and extend their non-dominant arm out to the side, so it’s parallel to the ground. Gently rest two or three fingers from your corresponding arm atop your patient’s extended arm. Using the forefinger from your other hand, touch following test areas on your subject – asking yes and no questions as you go:

  • Food allergy: Under right eye
  • Environmental allergy: Under left eye
  • Anxiety: Middle fingertip of right hand
  • Stress: Palm center on right hand
  • Insomnia: Inside right wrist.

At each pressure point, make careful note of the strength and weakness in your patient’s extended arm. Be sure to slightly increase pressure as you go along but don’t push too hard on the arm. Before testing any areas, be you get a solid yes and no baseline test.

If you’re interested in learning more about muscle testing and how you can perform a muscle test to access your subconscious, check out Dr. Brad’s The Emotion Code, today.