Let’s imagine you go to the Doctor and the Doctor shines a light into your eyes. The eye should respond to the input or challenge of a bright light hitting the retina, the nervous system would respond and inform muscles to act to close down the pupil and to restrict the light to a more appropriate level.
If the eye muscles would respond appropriately then adrenal sufficiency would be expected. If the eye muscles caused the pupil to modulate oscillating then questions would be asked about
a) The muscles b) Communication to the muscles c) Adrenal sufficiency allowing a response to the stressor etc.
This is manual muscle testing analysis
So from an expected natural response to a stimulus we can observe appropriate muscle function and derive a prognosis.
There are muscle tests that are used frequently, for example, testing blood pressure or pulse measurement i.e. an expected response to a stimulus that challenges the body management system.
Obviously if the expected performance is not observed then further analysis of components and function by further appropriate testing would take place- a natural investigative progression.
Through this process and repetition, a library of expected outcome can be amassed for techniques that have been proven successful in creating an expected outcome.
If we want to know what is being affected by a particular challenge, e g .a particular movement that hurts or a food that causes undesirable effect or mood state, we could test muscles that could be representative of or expected to be represented by those conditions against an expected performance and observe the difference
When appropriate remedial approach is followed we should return to expectation and therefore be sure of eventual return to natural response.
The accuracy of any technique depends a great deal on the skill and understanding of the practitioner and therefore it is important that the level of knowledge and practice of those demonstrating these techniques is high.
The true purpose of the work is in empowering the client through information and education in relation to the causes of problems, and the maintenance of good healthy practises.