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Medicine Center

320 Robinson Ave Newburgh, NY 12550

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Dr. Richard A. Huntoon

Newburgh Chiropractor


What Is Manual Muscle Testing?

What if there was a way that you could know, with greater than reasonable certainty, what your body is attempting to tell you through your symptoms? Do you want to know what your body is telling you?


Of course you do, which is why you are seeking help for your symptoms. And by having such information available to you, you could then make the best decision possible regarding what is your ideal course of action to satisfy your body's asking. Would you be interested in knowing that information? Would you want to know what this method is? If you could read about it in any of several different books by several different authors, would that interest you? I ask the questions because there is such a tool and there are several different authors (Dr. David R. Hawkins Power vs. Force, Donna Eden Energy Medicine and the bible and originator Dr. George J. Goodheart Jr. as written by David S. Walther for practitioners, Applied Kinesiology, all of which are available through who have written about the tool of Manual Muscle Testing. And there are several thousands of practitioners all over the world who use the tool in their office on a regular basis with great success. In fact, it is the primary tool I use in my office for the past 23 years and the tool in which I will be using to assist you in understanding what your body has been saying to you if you allow me the opportunity. If so, I will evaluate your body and then help you to translate the language of your "signs and symptoms." Then you can know with great certainty what your body is asking for in an effort to regain balance and regain your health.

The tool I use is called Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) and requires some basic understanding in an effort to explain how it works, and more importantly, why it is the most effective tool in which to access your body's hidden language; the language of your signs and symptoms.

I am sure you are aware that your body is full of energy. And you may be wishing you had more than you currently do, and yet the field of energy our body generates can be measured. There is a special photographic technique called Kirlian Photography where the field of energy can be seen on film. The field of energy I am discussing here, you may already be thinking yourself, is called the Aura, or your Auric Field. Some people are even gifted enough to be able to see the Auric Field. I am not one of them yet ;-)

To give you some basic understanding of this field that can be measured and certainly photographed; the field of energy we all emanate from our body flows in a circle, that flows up in back and down in front. And each side of the field has a specific polarity or charge associated with it. The back half of the body gives off a negative charge or energy. This is why you feel negative when someone you care about turns their back on you. You literally are being given negative energy. The front half of the body is just the opposite. It gives off a positive charge or energy. After all, this is how we face the world and engage in our environment.

Also appreciate that every item outside of us also gives off energy and has a field of energy associated with it. Consider the fact that if you break down all physical matter to its smallest part, you get the basic atom. You may remember from the Periodic Table of Elements from Chemistry Class that each element is separated from all the others based upon the number of electrons it carries. For example, a Helium atom contains one electron, while a Hydrogen atom contains two; an Oxygen atom contains four and a Carbon atom contains eight electrons. And when you combine more than one atom together, you get a molecule. For instance, if you combine one Oxygen atom with two Hydrogen atoms, you get a completely new result called a molecule, in this case a molecule of water. And when you combine molecules together, you then get physical matter. Therefore, appreciate that all physical matter, including you, are made up of energy comprised of many different electrons which become the sum total of energy in physical form. Therefore, we and everything around us is energy, and we exist in a sea of energy.

Consider this: Have you ever met someone for the first time and known in your heart of hearts that you were not going to get along with that person? Not because they were a bad person, simply because you felt something about them was disagreeable to you. Similarly, have you ever met someone for the first time and you felt like you already knew them? Like a long lost relative, even though they are a stranger to you? Both are examples of how energy comes together. It will either be Antagonistic (doesn't feel good) or Synergistic (feels really good). One feels off and the other feels balanced. Know that your body and its 5 main senses are designed to interpret the difference between balanced and unbalanced. And the interpretation is never wrong. Thinking back, when you've had a gut instinct that something was wrong, were you always correct?

All of this information is processed and interpreted through your Nervous System into your brain while being gathered through your 5 main senses: Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste and Smell. And for the past several hundred thousand years or more, we have been conditioned to rely on our 5 main senses for survival purposes. And it is through these 5 main senses we are able to negotiate life. Therefore, if I wanted to access your Nervous System and brain, which can be thought of as your main computer system, I could do it through your 5 main senses.

Another piece of information needed for understanding is how Manual Muscle Testing works to interface with your Nervous System. We do this by asking you to hold a particular muscle strong against the pressure applied by my hand. The muscle most often used, but could be any muscle, is the shoulder muscle known as the deltoid. To do this, we have you hold your arm out at 90 degrees to your side with your elbow locked and your palm facing down. Pressure will be applied by my hand to the back of your wrist towards the ground while you resist the pressure. It doesn't need to be a large amount of pressure, as this is not a test of strength. What we are looking to see is "does the muscle lock when pressure is applied to the wrist." Said differently, does the stimulus of pressure on your wrist send a signal to your brain through the nerves in your arm, get interpreted properly by your brain in the sensory portion of the brain, send a response signal to the motor portion of your brain, then send a signal to your muscle causing your muscle to contract against the pressure, thereby holding the muscle strong? The answer is always "Yes" unless there is a problem in your muscle or in your Nervous System. Since most people who come to the office have not previously been diagnosed with an organic brain or Nervous System disease, using this tool to check the communication to and from your brain is a viable way to check function within the body.

The final piece of the equation needing explanation is the ability to ask the body direct questions. When I say "direct questions," I refer to the ability to touch a certain point, area or section of your body and have the Manual Muscle Test respond with strength or weakness. How this is explained is as follows: When the energy of your body is balanced, all communication is taking place. Next I will use my finger tips of my hand and connect with a body point (area or section) by touching it with my fingers and then testing your arm for strength. A balanced response will result in a strong muscle. An unbalanced response will result in a weak muscle. This is possible because a circuit of energy is created between my fingers touching the point (area or section) which is interpreted by your body through your senses to the brain, the brain checks for a balanced vs. an unbalanced response, then sends a signal to the muscle for the appropriate response, meaning strong if balanced and weak if unbalanced. The circuit created with my body from my finger tips through my nervous system to my other arm testing your muscle allows for the communication to take place within your body as interpreted by your brain and Nervous System. It is a closed circuit of communication. Again, if it is balanced, it will test strong. If it is unbalanced, it will test weak.

At this point, it becomes a matter of asking your body questions using the Manual Muscle Testing and touching the area or areas of symptoms or discomfort. Any area or symptom that results with a weakness indicates a problem, what you may already have known. Then it simply becomes a matter of finding what it will require to return the unbalanced or weakness within the body back to balanced or strength.

Possible causes for weakness within the body stem from any of the six main classifications: Emotional Imbalances, Too Much Toxicity, Nutritional Deficiencies, Allergy Responses, Structural Imbalances and Physiological Imbalances. Each one individually or combined with any of the others (perhaps all 5) can cause weakness in a muscle test as a result of the imbalance(s) within your body. Knowing how to ask and interpret the response your body gives is what makes Manual Muscle Testing such a vital tool. By applying it to all the various classifications, this is what makes it such an important technique for asking your body questions. Please appreciate that the Nervous System has no ability to lie. It simply responds to the stimulus it is receiving. If a balanced response, the muscle will test strong. If an unbalanced response, meaning there is a problem, it will always test weak.

What's important to realize is you may have weaknesses you are not aware of. After all, you have to lose 60 % of normal functioning before you will have a symptom. Therefore, having your evaluation here at the office allows us to find imbalances you may have that are not currently producing symptoms. This is because Manual Muscle Testing can pick up on any area of your body that has lost as little as 2 % function. Compare that to the Medical Profession which waits for 60 % loss before rendering treatment, and you have available to you a valuable tool for helping to prevent problems from occurring and maintain your highest level of functioning.

I will go over all of this information with you step by step to give you the clarity and certainty you need so you can become more confident in the methods of discovering what your body has been trying to tell you though your signs and symptoms. And please feel free to ask whatever questions you may have during the demonstration or any time after. Your certainty is the difference between being sick and becoming well.

If you would like to learn how to develop your own skill in Manual Muscle Testing, please ask Dr. Huntoon to teach you.  Learning from a Master and developing your own skill in muscle testing will help to simplify your life when making choices for your health.

Dr. Huntoon has a single mission:

To support as many people as possible in their quest for health and enable them to improve and maintain their health to the highest level possible, while educating them about the benefits of Chiropractic, Natural Healthcare and Holistic Living, so they in turn can teach others to support us having a healthy community.

Your Choice

Health concerns are a major source of lost happiness and lost joy in all of our lives. Finding a solution that is agreeable and enables you to get back to your life is important. Please appreciate that you always have the more invasive surgery and prescription medication available to you as a last resort. What many Traditional Medical Doctors may not share is, many times, once you begin that journey into medication and/or surgery, it alters your original body from the one that you were born with. Unfortunately, at that time, more conservative and natural treatments may no longer be viable. I encourage you to consider that before making any decisions about treatment for your health. As always I am here to help. 
Your Choice:
  • Continue doing the same thing and nothing changes or it may get worse


  • Try something different and get a different result that makes you happier and healthier.
The Choice is Yours
Please call Dr. Huntoon at 845-561-BACK (2225) to discuss your options or click on our E-Visit to do it via e-mail. 
Thank You for your consideration.

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