Please note that the information given refers to Applied Kinesiology as developed by the American chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart, in 1964, and not Kinesiology, the study of the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.
Pronounced kin-easy-ology, there are many different branches but they all utilise the same basic tool…………muscle testing. Muscle testing is a painless procedure that involves the practitioner applying gentle pressure to specific parts of the body, testing the response of the underlying muscle. The particular part of the body being tested is specifically positioned, in order to isolate the muscle (as far as possible) being tested. The muscle will either give way, at least slightly, or it will easily be able to resist the pressure from the practitioner. The resulting responses are used by the Kinesiologist as a means of diagnosis, to gain information and to decide what course of action what is required.
Kinesiology can help deal with a broad spectrum of complaints including emotional problems, educational problems, structural problems (posture), etc.
During a course off treatment, the practitioner will take a case history, then they will advise you how to position the particular muscle or muscles they want to test, also advising how much effort is necessary in resisting the pressure that is applied to the particular muscle. The practitioner may rub, tap or hold points on the body. They may use magnets, homeopathic remedies, or flower remedies and, occasionally use tuning forks, colour, or sound. The choice of treatment is totally determined by the muscle testing and no two treatments are alike as that treatment is for the person and not the condition………. Two people may have the same condition but they, themselves, are different so the course of treatment will be different.
Verbal muscle testing (not used by all Kinesiologists) is when the muscle testing response is sought by verbally asking questions: with a locked response of the arm indicating yes and an unlocked/spongy response indicating no. The practitioner will then systematically question, while muscle testing, in order to establish what treatment course is required. Verbal questioning can also be used alongside muscle testing.
Many other therapists have incorporated Kinesiology techniques into their diagnosis/treatment plans. These include, Chiropractors, Bowen therapists, Homeopaths and Aromatherapists.
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