Afferent Input Muscle Testing
Every patient who comes to my clinic is given a series of sophisticated tests to identify any weakness in their muscles and the exact source of that weakness. This is extremely important no matter what signs and symptoms they may present with.
All the joints of the body are stabilised by muscles and therefore weakness in a muscle or muscles can lead to injury to the joint that is relying on being stabilised.
The weakness could be anywhere in their body e.g. their neck or back as well as a knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow etc. In addition, weakness in the gluteal muscles can effect the stabilisation of the spine itself and lead to back pain or disc problems.
In most cases if a person has even one weak muscle then every time that muscle is used it is likely that all the other muscles in their body will be weakened to some extent.
As you can imagine this is not good news for anybody let alone an athlete.
Identifying the primary source of weakness
I use Afferent Input muscle testing to identify the primary source of weakness.
This primary cause is often a vertebra or a cranial problem but may, in some cases, have another source such as dehydration, an individual’s need for certain nutritional support or a reaction to a piece of metal jewellery (especially piercings).
My aim is to rid the person of all muscle weakness and thus make them more robust as well as identifying the real cause of their injury or pain.
This is not only important with sporting enthusiasts but also with all folk young and old.
Generally speaking, once a person is free of muscle weakness, in my experience they are more likely to heal.