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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology, Muscle Testing

Introduction

Applied Kinesiology is the study of muscles and the movements of the body, which employs muscle testing, and energy balancing through therapeutic touch to diagnose and treat many symptoms and underlying causes. Applied Kinesiology was developed by an American Chiropractor, George Goodheart DC in the mid 1960's. It is truly a holistic approach to health care because of its focus on three main aspects of health: chemical, structural and mental (referred to as the "Triad of Health").

Muscle Testing

In Applied Kinesiology, muscle testing is the principal method used for assessing the patient's health issue. It is based on the fact that problems in the body often show up as a weakness in related muscles or muscle groups. The reasons behind this fact was found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, Chi (life force or life energy) flows through the body along pathways called meridians. An imbalance (blockage) of a meridian and/or its associated organs, sometimes results in a weakness of its associated muscles. Once the energy imbalance is removed and the muscle is strengthened, the healing process can begin. The practitioner identifies muscles to begin with based on the patients symptoms. A muscle to be tested, for instance the thigh muscle, is positioned by the kinesiologist. The kinesiologist will ask the patient to resist the pressure he/she will exert on the muscle and in a specific direction. If the resistance to the kinesiologist's pressure is weak, a blockage might be identified. Different muscles may be used to isolate the blockage.

Energy Balance and Treatment

The energy blockage is treated by massaging specific acupuncture point along the meridian to restore the flow of Chi. It may also require follow up treatments, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and dietary and life style changes to prevent future blockages. Applied Kinesiology may be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including, addictions, allergies, backache, constipation, depression, eye problems, headaches, joint pain, muscle aches and pains, and neuralgia to name a few.

References and Recommended Reading List

  • Thorsons Introductory Guide to Kinesiology, 1992, Maggie La Tourelle with Anthea Courtenay

 

Chi Reaction

When you are recovering from a disease or an injury, it is common to experience a so-called "Healing Crisis". It seems like you are getting worse, then suddenly you get better. This can also happen when practicing Qigong. As the energy begins to flow again to the place of disease, injury or weakness, it may feel more painful or you may have more intense symptoms. This is called a "Chi Reaction". This is a good thing, this is a "Healing Crisis", but it is temporary. It is during these times that it is important to keep practicing as much as you can. You must have faith in your body's ability to heal. And you must have faith in your teachers and your practice.

When a student begins to practice Balance Standing (Inner Dan Arts Qigong) or other standing meditations for the first time, often times their legs begin to shake within a minute or two. This is because of the body's resistance to chi flow. In other words, there is a blockage or reduced chi flow in the energy channels of the legs. The legs may also feel heavy. They may feel like they are burning. This is a chi reaction. With practice, these sensations will go away as the energy channels open and the chi flows smoother. Eventually, the legs will feel stronger and steady. It happened with me and it happens with almost everyone when beginning Qigong practice.

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I also experienced this when practicing an exercise called “Spinal Bone Marrow Practice” (Wisdom Healing Qigong). It is known for helping issues with the spine and lower back and more. When I had a low back issue, I had to start slow. It was tight and painful. I did very short practices in the beginning and gradually built up over time. I got over the pain and my low back pain when away. It takes consistent practice and patience when you experience a chi reaction.

Qigong can restore chi and blood flow in the body with practice. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Qigong, it is known that disease occurs in the body when chi flow is disturbed (reduced, blocked or deficient). Through Qigong exercises and meditations, you can improve your health and enhance the quality of your life.

To learn more about Qigong, and how to improve your health, email us at Admin@InnerVitalityQigong.com or call us at (440) 678-8244 for the latest class information.

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Best Chi Wishes,
Inner Vitality Qigong

Qigong Benefits

If you are wonder what the benefits are for practicing Qigong, then you have come to the right place. Did you know that there are studies that suggest that between 70-90% of doctor's visits are stress related [1]. If that is true, then stress is an epidemic. Stress causes many issues in the body, including suppressing the immune system and digestion, hypertension, and many others. Also, U.S. Health care cost are about 17% of GDP or $2.7 trillion [2]. It's staggering. This means that it costs about $8,508 per year per capita [2]. Of course if you have any major issues that requires hospitalization, it could be much, much more. Now here's the good news. Qigong classes are low-cost and effective at reducing stress and improving your health, which will inevitably reduce medical costs.

Qigong Benefits InfoGraphic

So how does it work? Qigong practice relaxes the body and the mind. It opens the energy channels in the body, which improves the energy circulation to the organs and the entire body. Through practicing Qigong, you can build more energy in the body. And overtime, Qigong practice will improve your physical body condition.

For more information about Qigong Benefits, check out our article, “The Benefits of Practicing Qigong”.

References
[1] http://www.stress.org/americas-1-health-problem/
[2] http://pgpf.org/Chart-Archive/0006_health-care-oecd

Truth in Health Care

Medicine and Stethoscope

It is interesting to watch all the debate around so-called “health care” these days. It is more about health care insurance than it is about health care. I see nothing wrong with expanding access to health care insurance. However, I see nothing that indicates that it will reduce the costs of health care. Furthermore, I believe that our country is discussing the wrong topic. I believe that we should focus on true health care. We should ask the following questions. What can we do to increase the quality of life for everyone? How can we improve the health of everyone?

When we focus on these questions, then we must awaken to some fundamental truths about our society. First, the majority of health issues that we face are chronic in nature. They stem from the lifestyle choices that we make. Of course most of these choices are made unconsciously. We are so busy living our lives, trying to be everything to everyone else but ourselves. We take care of everyone but ourselves. So we sacrifice our health by eating fast food, living stressful lives, working jobs to pay the bills, but feeling unfulfilled. We over indulge in things to escape the life we are living. There is a void that we can't fill. And then when we do go see a doctor, for the most part, we get drugs to cover-up the pain or health issues that we are living with. Or the doctors want to cut-out or remove through surgery the diseased part of our body. Why is it that most traditional western doctors don't want to get at the truth of our illnesses? Now I'm not referring to acute issues like those caused by accidents. Of course we want the best emergency care in these cases. The root causes are more clear in these cases. But for chronic issues, we are denied the truth. Oftentimes, the doctor is so busy reaching patient quotas, as dictated by the medical institutions that they are working, that a quick pill is dispensed. Most patients are willing participants and accept it. I have been through this exact thing and in the long run it didn't work and my symptoms got worse.

So what is the truth? I am pleased to see that more medical professionals and researchers are really looking for true causes to our health issues and not just quick fixes. We are seeing more studies linking our eating habits to most of the common diseases that plague our western society like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and many, many more diseases. Yes eating real food, instead of food that is processed and combined with chemicals, does give the nutrients the body needs to heal. Yes the body heals itself when it is given a chance. The nutrient density is more important than calories, because not all calories are beneficial to the body. Yes, eating food that is closest to that found in nature is best. The quality of food matters. Food that is genetically modified and grown with high levels of pesticides is bad for you and the environment. Why can't we be honest with ourselves? Eating organic food is not more costly. Eating food that causes disease is more costly. Don't sacrifice your health for money. It is an illusion.

I fell for the illusion for many years because I didn't know better and no one would tell me the truth. If you eat crap, you will feel like crap. It is inevitable. Period. I didn't know what it meant to eat health until I started studying anatomy, physiology, and natural and alternative healing practices. Not everyone is willing to do this and they shouldn't have to. We should be guided by our health care professionals. So now in an age of information, spurred by the internet, information about healthy eating and living practices is one click away. Of course you must find credible sources backed by science, but they are out there. You can't trust the first article you read, but you can do some research and find out if there is any truth to the claims.

Of course a discussion about truth in health wouldn't be complete without discussing stress. I know you were thinking, what about exercise? Doctor's are more willing to tell you about exercise than stress. Some statistics show that about 70-90% of reasons for visits to doctors are directly linked to stress. If this is true, it is an epidemic. Living as dictated by society can lead to overwhelming stress. I completely changed my diet and was eating more healthy than ever and still I was feeling sick. How many of you have had the same experience? I was lucky to find a holistic health care practitioner that had stress on his radar screen and wasn't afraid to tell me the truth. The first step is to realize that stress is contributing to your health issues. However, I must warn you that it is often more difficult to eliminate stress than to change your diet. It may take a lot of support to understand the root cause of the stress before you can eliminate it, but it will we worth it in the end.

So why are doctor's not honest with their patients? There are many reasons and sometimes they are complex. I want my doctor to tell me that my habits and lifestyle choices are causing my illnesses. If they had told me the truth when I was a child, I most likely would have avoided a lot of the issues that I faced as an adult. I want them to tell me that my food choices are harming me. I want them to tell me that anger can lead to hypertension or inflammation. I want them to tell me that if I don't reduce the amount of stress in my life that my condition may get worse.

Now with that said, I know that more and more doctors are turning their attention to prevention and lifestyle choices in their practices. I commend all doctors that are looking for real answers to health issues and have stopped trying to cover-up the symptoms. I give you a round of applause. As for the patients that have found yourself in similar situations that I faced, take a stance and don't be afraid to ask questions of your doctors. After all you are paying for their services. If you are not getting answers, don't be afraid to seek out other opinions. Don't stop until you get the answers you deserve.

One last thing. You may have asked, why did I write this on a Qigong blog? Because Qigong is a natural solution for reducing stress and improving your health. I can only imagine the kind of shift that would happen if more people around the world began practicing Qigong on a daily basis. Actually, the shift has already begun. There are already millions of people from around the world practicing Qigong. This is the kind of health care solutions we need. This is the truth of ancient wisdom that is already making a difference. This is true health care.

Here's a list of links to doctor's and alternative practitioners that are making a difference and that we can all learn from:

1. Dr. Andrew Weil, MD - http://www.drweil.com
2. Dr. Joel Fuhrman MD - http://www.drfuhrman.com
3. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD - http://drhyman.com
4. Dr. Neal Bernard, MD - http://www.nealbarnard.org
5. Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD - https://www.deepakchopra.com
6. Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD - http://www.doctoroz.com
7. Dr. Micharl Roizen, MD - http://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff_directory/staff_display.aspx?doctorid=6161
8. Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD - http://lissarankin.com
9. Dr. Maoshing Ni - http://health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/bio/maoshing-ni
10. Dr. Daniel Amen, MD - http://www.amenclinics.com/dr-amen/about-dr-amen
11. Dr. Keith Jordan, DC - http://www.drkeithjordan.com
12. Qigong Master Tianyou Hao - http://qi-healing.com
13.Qigong Master Mingtong Gu - http://www.chicenter.com
14. Qigong Master Mantak Chia - http://mantakchia.com
15. Qigong Master Qinyin - http://qinway.org/Qigong-Founder.htm

 

 

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