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Kinesiology is a complementary holistic therapy that uses muscle testing techniques to identify physical, emotional and chemical imbalances


An Introduction to Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a therapy focusing 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.


How did Kinesiology originate?

The discipline 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.

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 speciality.

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.

How you can benefit from Kinesiology

How can it benefit you?

In general, many people report feeling more energized, focused and motivated after a session. People suffering from various problems may choose a Kinesiology treatment to help them feel more balanced in their daily lives and cope with heavy schedules or family pressure.

People who have been treated with Kinesiology find the benefits to be wide-ranging including:

  • Balance Hormones
  • Improving gut health
  • Improve mental wellbeing
  • Manage stress
  • Find balance & harmony
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Find empowerment & motivation
  • Personal development & goals

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Further Reading / Studies

More and more studies are being conducted into the health benefits of Kinesiology, and the Kinesiology federation showcases results from case studies done on various issues and patients.


Neck and Shoulder pain

According to the Kinesiology Federation UK, a case study was undertaken on a patient with a  painful neck and shoulders. The patient said she had felt ‘fuzzy’ and was unable to concentrate for longer periods of time. She could not relate the problem to any past injury or particular emotional trauma – it had developed over time as though out of the blue. After a few treatments, she reported back that all her neck and shoulder pain had disappeared completely and her head felt clear for the first time in months.



According to the Kinesiology Federation UK, a case study was undertaken on a patient with headaches and IBS symptoms over a period of 6 months using Kinesiology treatment. Working on reducing stress in FW’s digestion and using techniques for rebalancing the intestinal system. The patient reported that the headaches had reduced significantly and 6 months on she said the treatment had changed her life.

What are the modalities / branches of Kinesiology

What are the modalities/branches of Kinesiology?


Creative Kinesiology 

Creative Kinesiology works with the whole person. All levels are addressed, body-mind – emotions – nutrition – energy systems – spirit – soul. The practitioner and client work together to discover the triggers for healing that are most appropriate for the client, creating the conditions for the body to find its own way of healing. At the heart of this approach is the knowledge that we are made up of our stories – that our life experiences contribute to who we are today.


Educational Kinesiology

Educational Kinesiology, also called Brain Gym, was developed by Paul Dennison PhD, an educationalist. It has applications in education, business, physical and performance skills and self-development.


Functional Kinesiology College

At its core, it uses “The Triangle Of Health”, a concept that simplifies the complex interplay between hormone systems that, when imbalanced, are often the root cause behind the major disorders currently affecting society. The practice combines techniques and methodologies from a variety of sources, combined with nutritional science and emotional techniques ensuring that the root cause of conditions is treated biochemically, electrically, emotionally and structurally.


Health Kinesiology

In a Health Kinesiology session, the practitioner uses a locked/unlocked response of an isolated muscle to conduct a dialogue with your energy system.


Holistic Kinesiology

Holistic Kinesiology is solidly grounded in applied kinesiology techniques and further enriched by learning gained from other models, providing explorations of the hidden depths and outer reaches of our human experience.


Neuro Energetic Kinesiology

Neuro Energetic Kinesiology looks at energetic structures and different chakra imbalances and what psychological states come from those imbalances.


Optimum Health Balance 

Optimum Health Balance (OHB) is a system of kinesiology which uses vibrational icons monitored by muscle response to access information from deep levels within the body.  It deals with imbalances on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, electromagnetic as well as one’s spiritual being.


Progressive Kinesiology

Progressive Kinesiology is a system that works on setting goals and helping our brain to accept changes we wish or need to make, our energy body including the chakra system, our chemical needs such as nutrition, diet and intolerances and deficiencies, our structural body, from our skeletal system, jaw issues to the health and wellbeing of the organs of our body, including the digestive system.


Touch for Health

Touch for Health Kinesiology is the most widely known system of kinesiology in the world. It is a system of balancing postures, attitude and life energy.

What happens in a typical Kinesiology session?

What happens in a typical Kinesiology 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, 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 for the practitioner.

The remainder of the session will focus on treatments and on the body holistically. This may include structural treatments (massage, acupressure, structural realignment or meridian balancing), chemical treatments (nutritional, herbal, homoeopathic or flower remedies) or emotional treatments (stress release, relationship or lifestyle suggestions).


How do I find a Kinesiology 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, Chiropractic or 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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Medical concerns

Holistic disciplines can assist you in your wellbeing, though they are not a substitute for medical care. This information should be used as a guide only to help you explore which holistic disciplines may assist you. We recommend researching the discipline and speaking with a practitioner before choosing to book any service.

This information is not, nor is it intended to be used as a medical diagnosis. Any information provided must be considered as guidance only, and not a substitute for obtaining a diagnosis from a medical professional. Please see the full terms and conditions of use. Always consult your doctor for any medical concerns.