By Yoshito Mukaino
Trade paperback book
213 pages, 7.00 x 10.00″
The meridian test (or “M-test”) is a powerful assessment, treatment, and self-care system that can be used to improve athletic performance and physical fitness. It simplifies the assessment of strain and injury so that even nonacupuncturists and athletes can learn to apply massage and stretching more effectively. It uses the meridian system to analyze the movements of multiple joints and muscles in a holistic way. The most suitable meridians for treatment are identified by evaluating a sequence of movements. Flexibility and ease of movement in relation to the meridians are assessed to identify the areas and muscles that need treatment.
Based on this assessment, the synergistic action of the joints and muscles involved in the movements can be facilitated with acupuncture, massage, or stretching. This system is compatible with the traditional understanding of the meridians, but takes it a step further to clarify the relationship between the meridians and movement. It helps practitioners select treatment and identify the most effective points for dealing with pain and restricted movement.
The M-Test can be used to evaluate the results of treatment or the stretching regimen so that a better strategy can be formulated if the results are unsatisfactory. In addition, athletes can learn stretching M-Test techniques and movements before or even during competition to identify and correct abnormalities to improve their performance and prevent injuries.