Kinesiology is a complementary holistic therapy which uses muscle testing techniques to understand how our body is functioning and identify any areas of imbalance.
How does it work?
Kinesiology was developed by the chiropractor George Goodheart in 1964. He discovered that when a particular muscle is isolated and gently tested, it can reveal information about your overall health and wellbeing.
The therapy focuses on muscle testing techniques. The belief is our muscles are linked to particular organs, glands and energy lines. When a muscle shows weakness, it can signal a distant internal problem such as nerve damage, internal pain, a chemical imbalance or an emotional blockage.
What are the benefits?
Kinesiology is a relatively new and evolving practice, and its uses are wide-ranging. Practitioners may choose to specialise in a particular branch of kinesiology which includes creative, educational, health and progressive kinesiology. This means each branch will have its own health benefits depending on your desired outcome and the practitioners specialty.
Kinesiology practitioners are often chiropractors, but may also be osteopaths, dentists, nutritionists or general physicians. Depending on the speciality of your practitioner, you may receive other treatments in combination with your kinesiology session.
In general, many people report feeling more energized, focused and motivated after a kinesiology session. People suffering from stress, burnout, chronic pain or digestive problems may choose a kinesiology treatment to help them feel more balanced in their daily lives and cope with heavy schedules or family pressure.
As with all complementary therapies, it should not replace a visit to your doctor. If you have a particular concern or injury, it is important to consult a medical professional first.
What happens in a typical session?
Your session typically begins with a detailed medical history exploring diet, emotional stresses, sleep patterns and your physical alignments. Practitioners may also observe your blood pressure and ask you to do a series of sitting and standing exercises to check your posture, gait and range of motion.
Once these are complete, the muscle monitoring and testing can begin. Typically, your practitioner will apply light pressure and ask you to ‘match’ that pressure. Depending on the test and isolated muscle, you will either match the pressure implying a strong or ‘locked’ muscle or will not match the pressure implying a weak or ‘unlocked’ muscle. These tests will ascertain any imbalances to the practitioner.
The remainder of the session will focus on treatments that focus on the body holistically. This may include structural treatments (massage, acupressure, structural realignment or meridian balancing), chemical treatments (nutritional, herbal, homeopathic or flower remedies) or emotional treatments (stress release, relationship or lifestyle suggestions).
How do I find a practitioner?
The tools that a Kinesiologist uses to make the corrections can vary greatly depending on their therapeutic and clinical skills. Kinesiologists with a background in Osteopathy, Chiropractor, sports massage may favour more structural corrections. Whilst other Kinesiologists work with balancing energy and may implement treatments from disciplines such as Reiki, Acupuncture, and Sound Therapy. Before booking an appointment, it’s worth checking if the practitioner specialises in the area you want to specifically work on.
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