At least 5-8 times a year, I’ll get a patient in that tells me that they have seen a chiropractor for their upper neck pain (or another part of their spine) but it never resolved.

I smile and do the usual orthopedic and neurological testing along with muscle testing neck muscles like the cervical erector, the SCM & the Scalene Anticus.

And then I go and test muscles bilaterally such as the Psoas muscle a major muscle of locomotion or the Gluteus Maximus; both of these muscle being strong postural muscles

And sure enough one of these muscles will test weak bilaterally. I then ask the patient to place two fingers (or therapy localize) on two different segments (vertebrae) bilaterally and then re-test.

If the muscle being tested is strengthened, then I know that the problem is not a subluxation where one or two vertebrae are misaligned and fixed in that position but a fixation where two or three vertebrae are fixed on each other.

Adjusting each vertebrae individually does nothing until you adjust both vertebrae at the same time in order to break up the fixation.

Your local certified Applied Kinesiologist who is either a chiropractor or an osteopath has trained in this technique and can help you greatly.

Author's Bio: 

I integrate manual muscle testing with standard methods of diagnosis. Through spinal, extremity, skull and jawbone adjustments, acupressure, muscle balancing, stress reduction, lymphatic & vascular organ reflexes and nutrition, we work together to bring you to a higher level of health and help you to actualize your potential.

Many of my patients:

Suffers from a condition where a medical pathology has been ruled out but the other doctors cannot find the cause.

Has a treatable condition and wants to utilize non-pharmacological means of getting relief.

Knows that health is a question of balancing the structural, chemical and mental components of healing.

Wants to spend time with their doctor to develop the old-fashioned doctor-patient relationship based on trust and respect.

Please check out the Patient Testimonials on the “Our Practice” page at my website