What is kinesiology?
Kinesiology is a therapy where a practitioner will assess a patient's health by testing their muscles. The idea is that any imbalance of physique, chemistry, nutrition or emotion can be detected by the variation of stress resistance in various muscle groups. The practitioner can then treat what he or she finds by employing methods of acupressure on certain points of the anatomy and this readjusts the nervous system.
What are the benefits of kinesiology?
Advocates of the therapy believe that it is preferable to treat the body as a whole and not as a series of separate components. It's said that energy flow is increased and that by correcting the imbalances that the kinesiologist finds, the body is brought back to a state of health.
A weak muscle, for example, may displace others in your body, which then causes others to weaken or overwork themselves into a state of spasm. This leads to joint pain and a general feeling of malaise as the bones are not being correctly supported by the weakened muscles. Kinesiology may help to address this.
But what does it actually do?
- Relieves existing gripes and pain
- Strengthens the immune system to help protect against illnesses and infection
- Spots areas of malnutrition and food allergies and/or intolerances
Many adherents of the therapy advocate the powerful effect that the treatment has on the emotional state of the patient. Administered through the muscles, significant improvement can be seen in the mind.
And how exactly is this done?
There are various different methods that are employed by a kinesiologist to treat a patient:
- Chemical testing
A substance suspected of upsetting your balance is tested on your tongue or stomach while your arm muscle is tested. The kinesiologist can then rule this substance out or confirm it as a problem.
- Meridian tracing
Meridians are energy paths within the body that lead to key organs such as the liver. The energy flow within these are stimulated by massage or brushing.
- Lymphatic points
Stimulated lymphatic points increase their flow to muscles and to nearby organs, thus benefiting the patient.
- Skull points
Points on the skull near blood vessels can be stimulated to increase blood flow to muscles and organs.
All of these may be done by techniques such as acupuncture, joint manipulation and nutritional supplements. They are usually carried out over four to six sessions.
Who invented kinesiology?
The study of kinesiology cannot really be attributed to one specific person. It is thought to date back to Aristotle and his studies of the human muscular system, but many anatomical thinkers and doctors have contributed to its development over the years. It also draws influence from ancient Chinese thinking.