Are you interested in a natural therapy that looks at the body as a whole? Kinesiology could be just what you’re looking for.
Kinesiology combines the principles of Chinese medicine with a system of muscle testing to find areas of imbalance in the body. The basic principle behind kinesiology is that the human body has the ability to heal itself, and it assists the body to do this by identifying, and then releasing, blockages in the body’s energy systems.
Blockages in the energy flow can affect not just the muscles but every tissue in the body. The feedback received from muscle testing gives an insight into whether the flow of energy to particular areas is being interrupted.
When a muscle is tested, a slight force is applied to the muscle, which the patient must try to resist. It could involve the patient holding up an arm or a leg, which the practitioner will then try to gently push down.
The test doesn’t measure the strength of the muscle but rather how the nervous system is controlling the muscle’s function. Sometimes the patient will be unable to resist the practitioner’s gentle pressure, indicating not only a weakness in the muscle but possible problems with other tissues and organs on the same energy meridian.
Chiropractors will sometimes use muscle testing to help them determine what areas of a patient’s body they need to adjust. In fact, kinesiology was originally developed by a chiropractor.
Once the muscle testing has been used to determine where energy balancing is required in the body, the practitioner will use a range of techniques to treat the patient.
Kinesiologist Katie Steven, of KT Kinesiology, believes that there is usually an emotional component to most physical problems and employs some counselling in her treatments to try to determine why imbalances have occurred in the first place. She also uses gentle muscle manipulation, as well as working on the acupoints, and will sometimes use different colours or sounds to stimulate these points.
Among other treatments employed by Katie and other kinesiologists are the stimulation of specific acupoints on the body to increase blood and lymph flow, herbal remedies, nutritional changes, aromatherapy, and flower essences.
Katie likens the acupoints along the energy meridians to bends in a river. Debris can build up in these areas, interrupting the energy flow. By clearing the debris, the way is clear for the energy to flow freely again, allowing the body to heal itself.
Kinesiology is used to relieve such things as pain, fatigue, stress, depression, digestive disorders, allergies, learning difficulties, and sports injuries, as well as aiding general wellbeing.
Since kinesiology was first developed in the 1960s, many practitioners have added their own variations to the original technique and, today, over 130 different forms of kinesiology have been developed. Some specialise in treating particular problems, such as sports injuries, emotional and spiritual problems, educational problems (such as learning difficulties, and concentration and memory problems) and women’s health.
So whether you’re looking for an improvement in your general health or have a more specific problem, there could well be a form of kinesiology that can help you.