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eTip-026   Examining Muscle Functions using the Explore feature in eTouch 3

Dr. John Thie, during his 35+ year career as a chiropractor and energy kinesiologist, made many observations about specific muscles and their functions and behavior. He provided many details about how the presence of stressors, trauma and overuse affected individual muscles and their functions. Dr. Thie incorporated many of these observations into Touch for Health and we have also included these in eTouch in the Explore feature.
The Explore feature helps you to gain a more in depth understanding of Touch for Health. There are three primary ways that the Explore feature can be used:

  • Use Explore to enhance your understanding of movement and which muscles the body uses to accomplish these different movements
  • When someone reports to you that they are experiencing difficulty or pain when performing a specific movement, the Explore function can help identify the muscles that should be tested and balanced. Note: eTouch can create sessions using any subset of muscles that you identify.
  • An effective method of balancing is to perform a 14-muscle balance so that you get the benefits of balancing all the Meridians and then adding a subset of muscles to address a specific issue. Explore is very useful in identifying the muscles to be added.

In this eTip, we will use the Explore feature to identify muscles that are used in performing a specific function. For example, if someone indicates that it is difficult for them to 'flex their lower leg', you can use Explore to help determine which muscles are involved in this movement.

Importantly, we are not diagnosing or treating any condition when using this technique but when performing energetic balances, the Explore feature is extremely powerful in highlighting muscles that should be tested with the muscle test.


  • On Main Menu of eTouch,
    Click the Explore button.

Explore Button








You will be taken to the
Explore Menu.

eTouch Main Menu

Explore Button: Fourth button in right column. Icon for Explore is a Question Mark "?" and may be used alone in some menus.

Explore Menu

Explore Menu

In this eTip, we will use Functions from the Explore Menu to see which muscles are used for specific functions.

  • Click the second yellow button in the list, the Functions button

When you select a category, you will be taken to a Menu for that category.

The Functions Menu will be displayed as shown below.

The Explore Menu has eight categories for exploring Touch for Health. These can be used singly or in combination to gain a better perspective in identifying and resolving general issues.

Explore Options




Functions Menu

  • Click on Knee (Third column, top button)

    Functions Menu

Knee related Functions will be displayed as shown below. (Lists are scrollable.)
Circle by Function selected will become highlighted. See below.

Functions are listed that are associated with the knee. When you select a specific function, a list of muscles associated with that function of the knee will be listed. 

    • Click on Flexes lower leg.
      (Second in list.)

Knee Functions


The muscles associated with the knee and are used in flexing the lower leg will be displayed.

Flexes the Knee

    Here you have two options:
  • Display All displays a list of the muscles that may be associated with the knee and flexing the leg.
    (Example below.)


  • Click on a specific muscle to go to that Muscle's Summary

We will select all of the associated muscles.

  • Click on Display All

List of Muscles

Here you have two options:

  • You can examine these muscles in the Muscle Summary by clicking on the muscle name in the list


  • You can create a session using with these muscles by clicking on the green
    Create New Session from Selection
    button in top right hand corner of muscle list.

New Session

Now we are going to the Muscle Summary page for the Popliteus.

  • Click on Popliteus in the list
  The Muscle Summary for the Popliteus will be displayed.

Popliteus Summary

On the Muscle Summary page, there is a wealth of information. Here you can find details about the muscle's function, possible indications, causes as well as possible beneficial foods. Muscle tests and balancing techniques are one click away.

Note: Please remember that these possible associations are to be used
as a reference and not to diagnose or treat disease.