THE MUSCLE TEST
The basic tool in kinesiology is the muscle test, the ability to hold a muscle against light pressure. This is not a test of strength, but an evaluation of the muscle’s ability to fire and respond to a challenge.
This test can tell us not only whether the muscle itself is weakened or stressed, but can provide information about other things in the body, such as organ systems or toxicity and nutrition. In this way, you can build up a detailed picture of your health and plan a specific protocol to well-being and vitality.
Kinesiology brings together various techniques from western medicine, physical therapies and Chinese medicine. These including stimulating neuro-vascular points to improve blood supply, and neuro-lymphatic points which affect lymph flow. These points have been found to affect muscles and organs, so can be used to help with a variety of health issues.
Kinesiology also uses many points from Chinese medicine and acupuncture, although in kinesiology only light touch is needed.
It is now widely accepted that mind and body are interlinked and that stress has a detrimental effect on our health. Kinesiology has a variety of techniques to identify whether mental/emotional causes are influencing a problem and to reduce stress. This can often be done without the need for lengthy and difficult processes.
DIGESTION, NUTRITION & SENSITIVITIES
Muscles are controlled by electrical impulses and the nervous system. When you are exposed to a factor that affects your health, this will be registered by your nervous system and will show in a muscle test. Using carefully structured protocols, kinesiology can reveal many factors about your health, which might otherwise be difficult to identify.
In this way, we can find a trigger for an issue, or nutrition, which may be relevant to a specific condition. For instance, certain grains can trigger inflammation in the bowels and contribute to IBS. Conversely, a deficiency in omega oils can contribute to skin conditions, such as psoriasis.
TREATING MUSCLES / JOINT PAIN
Muscle testing can identify issues in the muscular system itself.
As muscles work in conjunction with others, weakness or over-tension in one muscle can cause others to over-compensate or become stressed, giving rise to joint pain or structural issues.
Kinesiology can be very accurate in finding the specific problem muscle and can treat this directly, providing a quick and effective solution to joint issues and increasing performance.
Muscle testing was first recognised in the 1930s and kinesiology was established as a therapy by Dr. George Goodheart, an American chiropractor in the 1960′s. He used the model of muscle testing to evaluate what he was doing in his chiropractic treatment.
Dr Goodheart brought together a group of physicians to research and develop kinesiology, and formed the International College of Applied Kinesiology. ICAK ensures that any techniques are replicable and based on clinical evidence.
Kinesiology is now being incorporated into a variety of healing professions and is quickly becoming more popular as a standalone therapy in itself.
There are various different schools of thought within kinesiology and you will hear of various methods. I chose systematic kinesiology as it only uses methods which are replicable and clinically proven by the ICAK.