What is muscle response testing (MRT)?
MRT (also known as kinesiology) is a fast, non-invasive technique, which is used to investigate substances that your body may be reacting to.
How does MRT work?
The MRT technique was founded by Dr George Goodheart, a chiropractor who developed applied kinesiology. Goodheart’s research recognised that muscle weakness can be affected by three types of stressors:
When you’re exposed to a chemical stressor, your body becomes stressed and requires more energy to maintain its normal function. To compensate, energy is pulled from less important parts of the body (like your limbs) to more important vital organs (like your heart). This transfer creates a momentary weakness in the arms or legs, and it’s this muscle weakness that your practitioner looks for during MRT.
How is MRT used to help minimise allergy symptoms?
At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA) we use MRT to help identify the substances that your body may be sensitive to. During testing, you’ll be asked to:
While you’re pressing down, your practitioner will gently resist your pressure, feeling for a ‘lock’ or ‘unlock’ in the muscle. This is because, when you’re exposed to something that has a neutral effect on the body, your muscles remain strong (‘locked’). But when you’re exposed to something you’re sensitive to your muscles will be momentarily weakened (‘unlocked’).
Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address any sensitivities revealed during your MRT using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
Goodheart’s research suggested that muscle testing may reflect the influence of the body’s nervous, lymphatic, vascular and/or meridian systems. Each of these systems are represented in the intervertebral foramina – the natural openings between the vertebrae in the spine through which the nerve roots of the spine exit. And it’s these intervertabral foramina which are stimulated during PAT; positively conditioning your body to respond well (or neutrally) when exposed to the trigger substance (e.g. dust mites).
Why do we use MRT during a PAT consultation instead of a Skin Prick Test (SPT) or a Radioallergosorbent test (RAST) results?
It’s important to remember, however, that MRT does not diagnose allergies. Our naturopaths use MRT to test the body’s reactions to certain food and environmental substances. We do this in conjunction with a full consultation, where we look at individual symptom history and overall health.
Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!
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Call our Head Office on 1300 853 023(Aust) / 09 479 5997(NZ) 9am-5pmEST Monday-Saturday
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This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies. It is intended to decrease your reactions and help you manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
 Food Allergy Research & Education. Skin Prick Tests. https://www.foodallergy.org/diagnosis-and-testing/skin-tests