Explicitly ask if it is okay to touch the
client before making any physical contact. Be empathic and respectful if the client feels
uncomfortable about being touched in any way and do no more than you have clear permission
Be sure that the limb being tested is not
injured or compromised in any way that might be further hurt by the test.
Clearly establish that if the client says
"Stop" or another agreed upon signal, the practitioner will stop instantly. Also
be clear that the client should tell you to stop if any pain is being experienced.
Be alert for signs that a discussion is
needed regarding how to proceed.
After showing the client the position to
be held and the direction you will be exerting pressure, ask the client to hold, giving
notice that you are about to begin, and apply even, gradual pressure. A beginners
error in energy testing is to "jump the gun."
Press for only 1 to 2 seconds. Do not
force the muscle; this is an energy test, not a test of muscle strength.
Stop if there is any pain.
By starting with minimal pressure and
only gradually increasing the pressure, you should be able to sense within 2 seconds that
the muscle is staying locked or giving way with only a light touch. It is never necessary
to use more than 2 pounds of pressure and 2 ounces will often do. There should, however,
be enough pressure that both you and your client feel the muscle response.
If the limb moves 2 inches or so and
bounces back, the energy is moving through the muscle. Again, do not use force.