What Are You Testing?
Stimulus from exteroreceptors, interoreceptors, and from special receptors such as taste, vision, and hearing could cause the reflex muscle response.
Myotatic or stretch reflex is one of the responses we could assess and use as an indication for different stimulus, it could be hypotonic (inhibited reflex), normal or hypertonic (overfacilitated reflex).
In P-DTR therapy we use MMT not only as a muscle reflex test, but also for visual diagnostic and to find particular dysfunctional receptor areas.
Neurological Manual Muscle Testing is based on the myotatic reflex activity assessment. Any kind of afferent sensory flow from external or internal environment could influence the activity of this reflex as well as other physiological reflexes.
In a normal neurological health the stimulus from external and internal environment should cause a physiological normal response from all systems of the body; proprioception system, vestibular, visual, vegetative, visceral, etc, being dealt with in a proper optimal way and discharged.
Know What You’re Testing
In a dysfunctional state the stimulus could exceed the compensatory capacity of the nervous system and create pathological reflexes within different body systems; sensory, visceral, proprioceptive, endocrine, emotional and even cognitive.
Neurological Manual Muscle Testing was developed by Jose Palomar on the base of a Classical MMT with the neuro physiological details of how exactly CNS creates compensation patterns and uses normal physiological responses for various stimulus.
Many people say that MMT isn’t reliable (and they are correct)
It’s not reliable if we aren’t sure what we test, what stimulus might affect the testing, how the nervous system compensates the underworking muscles, how inhibition patterns work and many more details. In P-DTR we successfully use Neurological MMT and find it a great tool to reveal musculoskeletal normal physiological response and functional pathologies.
This video is especially useful for P-DTR practitioners, for kinesiologists and for any therapists working with classical MMT.