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What is Kinesiology
Kinesiology uses muscle testing to find problems areas and uses ways to correct imbalances.
Kinesiology was developed by Robert Lovett, an American physician, during the 1930s. He used his methods to trace the root of the spinal nerve damage in his patients with disabilities.
In 1940s, Heny and Florence Kendall, both physiotherapists, using Lovett's methods and ideas, published a book called "Muscle Testing and Function" which detailed over 100 manual muscle tests.
In 1964, George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, developed kinesiology further by proposing that not only can kinesiology be used diagnostically but also therapeutically. He combined the ideas of kinesiology with the traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy of the meridian channels (energy channels in the body) and called it "Applied Kinesiology". His system also involves the correctional techniques, nutritional advice and massage.
How does Kinesiology work?
Kinesiology uses gentle muscle testing in order to evaluate many of the body's functions: chemical, neurological, biochemical and structural. It doesn't assess the strength of the muscle response but rather the integrity of the muscle, which means what the muscle is supposed to do, given a particular test.
By assessing the body using the muscle testing, the analysis can detect minor functional imbalances. If these imbalances are not corrected, the life energy cannot flow smoothly and can cause blockages which can lead to an inefficiently functioning body.
The imblances found during the assessment can be corrected by a number of ways, including touch, massage, nutrition and counselling.
What does Kinesiology treatment involve?
The first appointment usually lasts about 90 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually are about an hour, depending on the specific treatment needed in the programme.
After taking medical details and general information about lifestyle, the client will lie down on a couch or a seated position.
Muscle testing will then be carried out, sometimes involving the client in thinking about words or phrases at the same time.
The feedback and responses will enable the kinesiologist to determine the correct course of treatment for the client, for example, massage or acupressure techniques and maybe the use of essential oils or flower essences. Nutritional and lifestyle advice plus exercise information may also be given.
What can Kinesiology help?
Voice and speech problems, allergies and intolerances, whiplash injuries, dental problems, digestive problems, depression, stress, anxiety, phobias, sleep disorders, bereavement, relationship issues, immune systems problems, hayfever, hormone imbalances, menstrual problems, pregnancy, chronic fatigue, jet lag, candida, life changes and challenges.