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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology, Muscle Testing


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


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