Health Kinesiology (HK) is form of preventative medicine that combines the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern muscle motor response techniques.
Applied Kinesiology was developed by the chiropractor George Goodheart in the 1960’s who discovered that muscle testing could assess the motor response of the central nervous system to a sensory challenge.
He used this technique to highlight imbalances contributing to a person’s Triad of Health – structural (physical), chemical (nutritional) and mental (emotional) wellbeing.
Touch for Health Kinesiology was later developed for practitioners without a medical, osteopath or chiropractic background and in 1988 a simplified version called Systematic Kinesiology was developed.
What are the benefits of Kinesiology?
The benefit of Kinesiology is that you receive a completely individual health evaluation that uncovers what is right for you and your body. Kinesiology helps determining how your physical body, movement and posture is affecting all aspects of your health.
Biofeedback from your muscles test provides insight into areas of stress and imbalance in all areas of your body – spanning muscles, meridians, chakras, organs, hormone status, digestion, brain function, biochemical processes, physiological functions, nutrient status and food, chemical and environmental allergies.
Once imbalances have been identified, the exact corrections you receive depends on the biofeedback your body gives regarding what it requires to return to health. This includes Structural corrections (massage, acupressure, structural realignment, meridian balancing), chemical corrections (nutritional, herbal, homeopathic, flower remedies) or emotional corrections (stress release, relationship and lifestyle suggestions).
Releasing stress and tension from muscles and correcting structural issues in turn re-calibrates the way energy, nutrients, and blood flow around the body.
What does a typical kinesiology session look like?
During your appointment, your Kinesiologist will take a quick health history before asking you to get on a treatment couch. You will be asked to raise an arm or leg and place it in a specific position.
The Kinesiologist will apply light pressure and ask you to ‘match’ that pressure. Sometimes you will be able to match the pressure (strong muscle test) and other times you will not be able to (weak muscle test).
During the session, your Kinesiologist will run a sequence of muscle tests to ascertain any imbalances needing to be corrected. Correction techniques are applied and any natural remedies (and their doses) are identified using further muscle testing.
How do I find a Kinesiologist that suits me?
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.
Kinesiology is also popular with nutritionists since muscle testing provides detailed information about hormones, enzymes, brain chemicals and all body systems, and helps quickly determine the ‘best-fit’ supplements and natural remedies.