indicator muscle testing

Chiropractic energy balancing

and applied electrobiology


Indicator muscle testing is a way of using normal neuromuscular function in the context of the body's electrical system to locate injury and inflammation; causal factors in disease; and nutritional, metabolic and other imbalances; all identified as a positive current of injury.

We know that muscles should be able to contract, and maintain contraction, as it does to resist a force against it. Less obvious is neuro- muscular inhibition - the inhibition of contraction under specific, appropriate conditions. For example, the "simple" act of walking requires that certain muscles are inhibited from contracting in concert with muscles that are contracting, thus permitting locomotion. The withdrawal reflex, as when the hand and arm are pulled away from a painful stimulus, would not be possible without muscular inhibition.

The careful orchestration of muscular contraction and inhibition that enables our walking across the room is conducted by our nervous system. Muscle contraction and muscle inhibition are functions of the nervous system. 

Because a muscle only either contracts or is inhibited from contracting, we can say that it has binary digital function. Its digital function, moreover, is based on the digital function of nerve cells, called  "neurons": neurons only de-polarize and re-polarize.

Neuron de-polarization is the excited, energy-expending state, while re-polarization returns the neuron to its resting, high-energy state.

A relatively positive current in a normally negative field causes inhibition of an indicator muscle. There are positive poles in the bodymind which, when attended to, should cause neuro-muscular inhibition of an indicator muscle. Doing so is proper function. Attention to any other area of the bodymind which, when testing an indicator muscle causes weakening, is the locus of injury.

​Dr. William Conder

Dr. William Conder