So what exactly is Applied Kinesiology? Applied Kinesiology is both a diagnostic system for evaluating where the body and the mind can be suffering from dysfunction. But in addition to being a diagnostic system, it is also a treatment system for treating that dysfunction and that distress. Applied Kinesiology is looking at the tripod representing the 3 pillars of health: the structural, the chemical, and the emotional components. And since it is looking at all 3 of these components, Applied Kinesiology is considered a holistic approach to looking at a person’s overall health.
Looking at all Three Pillars of Health
Applied Kinesiology first looks at all of the structural elements of a person’s health. It looks at the range of motion of joints, at posture, and at weak muscle patterns.
It also looks at the chemical or biochemical influences that are affecting health. This is often reflected in a hormonal imbalance. The body is regulated by a delicate balance of hormones. An imbalance in these hormones can cause swelling, fat accumulation, blood sugar irregularities, or hundreds of other manifestations of disease.
Finally, Applied Kinesiology looks at the emotional imbalances that can be affecting health. Unreleased anger, sadness, or depressive thoughts can have a significant burden on health and need to be resolved in order to maximize health.
Each of these pillars – structural, chemical, and emotional- influence each other and multiply their negative effect by exerting this influence. Pain caused by structural problems can produce negative emotions. Negative emotions can influence pain in structural components. Everything operates together and each component must be considered when the goal is true health and well-being.
Where can Applied Kinesiology be Used?
Applied Kinesiology has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It has been used to find nutritional deficiencies, food or chemical sensitivities, joint pain, muscle weakness, posture issues, and a wide variety of conditions that have structural, chemical or emotional root causes. The primary technique used in Applied Kinesiology is muscle testing. When done by a properly trained practitioner, this can reveal a great deal about the nature of the health issue.
What is Muscle Testing?
Muscle testing is looking for muscles that are “strong” or “weak.” When a muscle is tested, the practitioner is not really looking at the actual muscle strength. This could be significantly different for a body builder versus for an elderly patient. Finding absolute muscle strength is not the goal. Instead muscle testing is used to determine if the nervous system is reacting in a favorable manner or not. Practitioners are looking for the response of the nervous system and not the actual strength of the muscle.
If the “circuit” is not behaving properly, the muscle will not “lock” when the practitioner applies resistance. Then it is considered weak. Therefore, an elderly person could have a muscle that is reacting well and “holding” while a body builder could have a muscle that is not “holding” and is therefore considered weak using the terms of Applied Kinesiology.
How can Muscle Testing Identify Issues Throughout the Body?
This muscle testing is often used to identify allergies or food sensitivities. This can be done in a few different ways. One approach is to place food under the tongue or even have the patient hold the food in his/her hand as the muscle is tested. As the food is held, muscle testing is giving an indication of whether that food is “strengthening” or “weakening” the patient.
The founder of Applied Kinesiology, Dr. George Goodheart, observed a direct relationship between poor posture and weak muscle patterns. He found that posture improved when the underlying muscle weaknesses were treated. By treating the underlying cause of the poor posture, he was able to correct posture issues that were responsible for pain throughout the body.
What Does an Applied Kinesiology Session Look Like?
A trained practitioner will start by observing the patient and these observations would include looking at the patient’s posture, range of motion, and gait when walking. This observation will be combined with a thorough medical history. A muscle testing session would follow where muscle strength is observed and muscles are identified that either stand up to pressure or that give way to pressure. Based on this combination of medical history, physical observations, and muscle testing, a protocol will be developed for the specific patient.
Is Applied Kinesiology Right for You?
If you have issues that have not been resolved by following standard techniques, you should definitely consider Applied Kinesiology. This could be persistent pain, difficulty with weight loss, or any condition that has not responded well to standard therapy.
It is extremely important to find a well-trained and experienced practitioner. Applied Kinesiology is both a science and an art. You want to work with someone that has worked with many patients and that has a broad range of training in treating all of the possible manifestations of illness – structural, chemical, and emotional. Ask your physician about their experience. If you are local, we would love to discuss this approach with you in person.