It is said that the strength or weakness of certain muscles relates to its corresponding body system, indicating the patient's physical, biochemical and emotional states, together known as the 'Triad of Health'. Kinesiology is often used by practitioners of chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy and nutritional therapy. Practitioners will aim to restore balance by massaging acupressure points to improve circulation flow. Kinesiology can alleviate problems with the immune system, neck and back pain; it is also said to detect vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, it is regarded as a holistic and often preventative treatment which aims to balance mind, body and spirit to positively affect wellbeing and quality of life.
Developed by an American chiropractor, Applied Kinesiology operates on the principal that the body 'knows' why a patient is ill or in pain due to muscle behaviour. Kinesiology uses muscle testing to determine imbalances in the body systems and also to pinpoint any allergies or food sensitivities. Combining elements of both western and eastern medicine, kinesiology recognises that the body's meridians (conduits of life force according to Traditional Chinese medicine) are connected with the rest of the interconnecting network of energy circuits, including the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
What to Expect
Your practitioner will first take a detailed history of your diet and lifestyle, and will often observe your posture and movement. Depending on your problem, testing is done in a variety of ways: physical testing can involve putting pressure on certain muscles and bones if a structural problem is thought to be the case; a chemical challenge involves holding a glass vial which contains a dilution of foods or chemicals to which you may be allergic; alternatively, you may also be asked to concentrate on certain thoughts as a muscle is tested.
Training & Colleges
Only those with recognised medical qualifications, such as osteopaths, chiropractors, dentists and doctors, are permitted to train in Applied Kinesiology.
For more information, see Kinesiology.net