Manual Muscle Testing Explained: Could I Benefit From It?

Manual muscle testing explained

Here at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness, we use manual muscle testing as an evaluative tool to measure impairments or deficiencies in your muscles’ ability to perform. The series of manual manipulations that use resistance and gravity assess your muscles’ power, strength, and endurance.

Dr. Klein and Dr. Bobrowsky are experts in performing this evaluative test so they can determine the best interventions for your therapy. Manual muscle testing is inexpensive, noninvasive, and highly effective in identifying the source of your pain or discomfort.

What’s involved in manual muscle testing

During manual muscle testing, you lie or sit on a treatment table and Dr. Klein or Dr. Bobrowsky apply the techniques. Your position depends on the muscles being tested. They usually begin with your noninjured side and have you breathe naturally as they gently manipulate your muscles.

You may be asked to lift your arm or leg and work against gravity or subtle pressure applied by the doctor. Your joints may be moved through their full range of motion. Muscle testing isn’t usually painful, unless you have an injury.

Candidates for manual muscle testing

Manual muscle testing helps identify reasons for pain and dysfunction that are neuromuscular in nature. The doctors can find areas of weakness in a muscle or muscle group that can usually be traced back to a single origin deep inside your body. You may have built-up toxins or other waste products that require release so you can function normally again. This helps the doctors determine what chiropractic manipulations, massage, and physical therapy is best for you.

Anyone who comes in for a chiropractic evaluation can benefit from manual muscle testing. This helps the doctors at our clinic pinpoint the source of seemingly widespread symptoms. The doctors can then direct treatment to educate your muscles to function properly. Plus, muscle testing can reveal if you need any additional support for specific muscles – such as splints or braces.

The doctors may also use manual muscle testing to measure your progress throughout your treatment. Depending on the results of progressive tests, your treatment plan might change to optimize your healing results.

Safety of muscle testing

The muscle testing provided at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness is completely safe. The doctors are well-trained in the technique, and it’s gentle enough to not aggravate or worsen an injury. Manual muscle testing has no notable side effects either.

Manual muscle testing is part of a thorough evaluation

At our office, you undergo a thorough physical examination and manual muscle testing is just a part of it. You may also have a gait analysis, neurological evaluation, hands-on feeling of your muscles and soft tissue, as well as a movement review. Together with manual muscle testing, Dr. Klein and Dr. Bobrowsky can get an idea of your body’s functionality and possible causes of your imbalances, pain, and dysfunction.

To experience manual muscle testing and receive a customized treatment plan to help you heal and relieve pain, residents of the New York City area can call Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness or book an appointment using this website.

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