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What is kinesiology?

posted on 13 January 2005 | posted in Health Articles


What is kinesiology? What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is a means of assessing imbalances in the body and of finding the best therapy to resolve that problem. Muscle response is tested in order to obtain this information from the body itself - much the same as accessing information from computer memory banks. Kinesiology, used as an assessment tool, takes out the guesswork that can be involved in choosing remedies or employing other healing methods.

Kinesiologists are taught the principles and rules of how to assess the person's health problems and how to apply techniques for correcting and balancing the body's systems. These techniques are pulled from many therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic (excluding manual bone adjustments), nutritional therapy, herbology and flower and gem essence therapy - to name a few. Kinesiology can be adopted by an existing health-care practitioner as an invaluable adjunct to use with their existing therapy.

What is Classical Kinesiology?
Classical kinesiology has its roots in Applied Kinesiology. In the 1960’s, chiropractor George Goodheart DC demonstrated the links between muscle response and energy circuits in the body. He determined that each muscle has its own communication or wiring with a circuit in the body. He found that anything out of balance in that circuit would affect a muscle that shared the same ‘wiring system’. He would get an accurate reading from muscle testing as to where imbalances in the body were occurring and then evaluate what the best kind of treatment would be to rectify these imbalances. This meant that everyone who came into his clinic would receive tailor-made treatments. He used many kinds of therapies to address their health problems. He might have massaged reflex points on the body, held acupuncture points, made a spinal adjustment, given a nutrient or carried out an emotional diffusion technique. He called this Applied Kinesiology because he was applying the information gathered by studying muscle response (kinesiology means 'study of movement'). He became famous for being able to solve health problems that no one else could and taught these techniques to chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors and dentists.

Since those early days much research, including clinical trials, has been done to verify the repeatability and effectiveness of Applied Kinesiology techniques. This investigative therapy now includes new techniques that are being discovered all the time. Kinesiology is renowned for being able to uncover underlying health problems that are difficult to find by any other means. All other kinesiology systems have their roots in Goodheart’s work.

Kinesiology is an effective diagnostic tool, enhancing the body's own powers of healing and pointing the way to the most appropriate treatment for a whole raft of health problems including:

Asthma and allergies, depression, stress, fatigue digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, hormonal imbalances, menopausal symptoms, joint and muscular pain, poor immunity to colds and 'flu, sinus problems, migrains and headaches. As every case is different, treatment is always a unique process, geared to finding the right solution for the individual.

Classical Kinesiology provides fully trained practitioners. These practitioners are very skilled in muscle testing. Applied Kinesiology, although using the same kind of techniques is taught as an adjunct for existing therapists such as doctors, chiropractors or dentists.

What can I expect on a first visit?
When you make an appointment, you are usually asked to complet a questionnaire to help the practitioner assess your current health and lifestyle. The first session involves an in-depth consultation followed by muscle testing and evaluation.

Patients are usually fully clothed (unless visiting an osteopath or chiropracter who uses kinesiology). Using gentle pressure, the practitioner tests the resistance of one or more muscles often in an arm or leg, to pinpoint internal imbalances.

Where an imbalance is located the practitioner will focus on the most effective treatment in the restoration of harmony to the body.

How many visits will I need?
The number of sessions required to resolve your health issues will depend on the nature of the problem and the length of time you have suffered from it.

If it is a structural problem involving, for instance, joint, back or shoulder pain, treatment will problably be required on a weekly basis until there is notable improvement.
Where nutritional supplements are advised, the body is being treated every day they are being taken and visits may only be necessary every four weeks.
As symptoms improve, the gap between visits widens.

Can kinesiology improve my general wellbeing?
Kinesiology can be used as a pick-me-up and preventative measure, to ensure health problems are not given a chance to develop.
A regular rebalancing session, together with healthcare and lifestyle advice, can be just the tonic you need to renew energy and zest for life.

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