Systematic Kinesiology has its roots deep in the practice and approach endorsed by the International College of Applied Kinesiology based in the United States. Practitioners use muscle testing to evaluate the underlying causes of symptoms. All evaluation and correction techniques used are subject to stringent research and evaluation procedures. A.S.K. graduates undergo a two-year training course. Kinesiology works to identify the main cause of disturbance in the presenting symptoms whether structural, emotional or nutritional in origin. Once having identified the main cause of a problem the use of the appropriate technique or combination of the three elements is employed to bring about a resolution of symptoms.
“Applied Kinesiology” (pronounced kin-easy-ology) is the science of muscle testing in relation to all body functions. It was developed from a system of structural muscle testing used by the orthodox medical professions for many years. Practitioners use muscle testing as a bio-feedback system to access hidden information via the receptors of the body/mind.
The practitioner always acts only on the clear information received from the client’s own body, and treats the person in the manner, and in the priority order indicated by testing. So kinesiotherapy is clearly a “receptor” or client response driven modality or therapy.
Kinesiologists do not diagnose disease. They can locate unrealised functional imbalances using muscle tests. Muscle testing can locate sub-clinical imbalances long before any pathological condition develops.
When muscles are gently tested, the response depends on whether all the factors involved that enable that muscle to contract are “balanced”. These are:
- Nerve impulses.
- Blood supply.
- Essential Nutrition.
- Lymphatic feeding and cleaning.
- Acupuncture energy flows.
- Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (C.S.F.) [the body-wide intelligence agency]
- The Emotions. (Whether there is anything emotional inhibiting the normal muscle function).
If all factors function well, the muscle “locks” with little effort on the part of the one being tested, If the muscle tests ” spongy ” or is difficult to hold, then one or more of these factors needs to be balanced with massage, touch, nutrition, and the resolution of emotional stress.
Kinesiology taps into the vital spark or “LifeForce” that runs the body. A motor car has a “loom” of miles of cabling through which impulses flow that control all the electrical operations in the car.
Our own bodies have an infinitely more complex “loom” of energy paths called Meridians, which carry all the information needed to “run” our every function.
When we test individual muscles, we are tapping into specific portions of this “loom”, and the body “talks back to“ in “receptor” language.
This method tells the practitioner exactly which of the imbalances need correcting first, then what next needs attention. So the body is always offered treatment in its own “priority” order as indictated by each of the muscle test responses.
The result is many of the compensations disappear without being treated, and most conditions clear up much faster than they would, if the body were treated in random order guessed at by the practitioner. Usually, anything a kinesiologist is able to discover by muscle testing, they can rectify immediately, or at the very least, begin to alleviate the situation.
This enables the skilled practitioner to use Advanced Kinesiology in preventive mode. Finding all the imbalances and the compensations, and by correcting them, restores the natural balance of the body and enhances its own ability to use it own protective forces. Natural healing is facilitated and speeded up. The person returns to robust health.
Origins of Applied Kinesiological Muscle Testing
In 1965 Dr. George J. Goodheart D.C. a chiropractor in the United States discovered that when a muscle was tested, the result could reveal vital information about the individual being tested, which was quite impossible to determine by any other method of investigation. Many new additional aspects of the health and physiological function of the individual being tested, may now be assessed in seconds. In the last twenty years, the body of knowledge now known as “Applied Kinesiology” (A.K.) has developed rapidly, and much clinical research has validated the many new discoveries.
During the last ten years, Applied Kinesiology has gained widespread acceptance worldwide. Many orthodox doctors and complementary practitioners are finding muscle testing of great value. It is an almost ‘magical’ way to glean a great deal of information from the body’s biocomputers. It is simple, quick, non-intrusive, and fits in well with other disciplines.
Some who first learned basic A.K., have developed other systems using muscle tests. Many of these use subjective or “intuitive” forms of testing, which can be effective, but are often largely based on different types of “belief systems” which do not necessarily stand up to objective scrutiny. Great care needs to be exercised if involved in such practices.
A.S.K. practitioners utilise only those techniques approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology.
Development of the Science of Kinesiology
Dr. Goodheart first discovered the immediate effect of firm massage pressure on origins and insertions of weak muscles. Then he connected the research made by Chapman, an osteopath, who charted the ‘Lymphatic Reflexes” on the body which enhance lymph flow, with the different muscle groups.
Next, he investigated the skin reflexes located on the skull researched by Bennet, another osteopath, which were found to improve blood circulation simply by the lightest touch. Most muscles in the body have a common link with the nerve pathways which control the organs, anything which benefits the musculature, also balances the organ function.
When he made the link between Western technology and ancient Chinese principles of natural energy flow in the body, and how it may be assessed and monitored by the use of simple muscle tests, the power of applied kinesiological testing made a quantum leap in power and effectiveness.
Body Energies – Our Vital Life Force
For thousands of years, the ancient wisdom of the orient has recognised that each of the primary functions of the body, the lungs, heart, liver, stomach etc., have energy pathways called meridians devoted specifically to them. Pure energy is invisible, except when it affects some material object. Light is not seen unless it strikes a solid object, and is reflected back to our eyes. Heat is invisible, until it affects some chemical like coal and causes it to burn. Electric light bulbs shine with the visible proof that a powerful current is flowing through them, although we cannot see the electricity.
We know that our bodies run with the aid of electrical impulses, read now by special machines in hospital wards every day. The electrical patterns which are associated with the heart’s function, and brain waves are similarly measured. Space research confirms to scientists, that the laws of physics apply equally to our bodies, as to other material substances.
When an electric current is flowing in a wire, it sets up an associated electromagnetic field. It follows then, that since electrical impulses flow through our bodies, there must be an associated energy field. This field that surrounds us all can be recorded by Kirlian photography. Analysis of the results provides scientific confirmation that the theories of energy pathways, or meridians known to the Chinese, are founded on fact. Western scientists are now beginning to look at anatomy, physiology and bio-chemistry in a new light.
The many energy circuits of the body control all the different functions of the body. They also control the mental processes and especially is this true in the emotional field. This force is directed by the person’s innate intelligence behind the scenes, which makes millions of complex bio-chemical decisions that determine the running of our whole wonderful organism.
Stress Causes Disease
In perfect health, all the systems of the body receive an unimpeded flow of this energy. Our bodies are designed to withstand a certain degree of stress and strain, but when this becomes excessive, something has to give way. Certain parts are shut down when under stress, much in the same way as a fuse blows when we overload the wiring in our houses.
The science of Applied Kinesiology enables practitioners to monitor the energy field of the body. Using a simple series of muscle tests which take only a few minutes to do, it is possible to find where the imbalances are in the body. These muscular imbalances can then be assessed to determine whether the fault is structural, chemical, or is in the area of mental and emotional activity, or maybe an energy blockage.
In this way Applied Kinesioiogy can be used preventively to locate any possible sources of trouble, even before symptoms become evident. If the circuit weakened by stress is not corrected, this throws additional strain on other parts. The energy field will be adversely affected. An excess of energy can produce pain, a lack may eventually give rise to disease.
Many medical authorities are coming to the conclusion that perhaps 80-90% of all disease may be psychosomatic. This does not mean that the illness is not real, nor is it due to imagination. It is simply a fact that our minds can cause adverse changes in the way our bodies function, and produce ulcers, migraine, rheumatism, and a host of other very real problems, frequently relieved with Kinesiology techniques.
We can be stressed in five ways, and each affects the other. Physical stresses affect our mental, chemical, and energy balance. Chemicals can poison us, causing physical and mental disturbances. Mental problems do cause real sickness and pains which are not just all in the mind. Our energies are stressed by electromagnetic waves. Thermal stress is the fifth. The relationship between these factors is crucial to the proper understanding of disease. It is quite useless to treat any sector, if we do not consider the effect upon the others.
The Effect of Muscle Imbalance
The minor imbalances in the tone of muscles revealed by Kinesiological tests can have far reaching results upon our health. If not rectified they can have undesirable effects upon the related bones to which muscles are attached. They can also reflect a problem into other parts of the structure, affecting posture, perhaps the organ to which it is related, as well as the blood supply to vital nerve pathways, and lymphatic flow which feeds and cleans by draining toxins from tissues. The mental balance may also be disturbed due to pain, lack of energy or generally feeling unwell.
We may not feel any symptoms when an imbalance first occurs, but the weak muscle will cause others which oppose it to tighten. This can lead to muscle spasm, which can then pull other bones that are associated with it out of alignment. This leads to further muscles being affected, and the compensations mount up. It now becomes clearer, how sudden unexpected pain in the back, or neck may well be the result of a long standing problems in musculature. It indicates the need for regular maintenance check-ups to discover any potential problems, before they can cause real damage.
Restoring Balance by Correcting Imbalances
Applied Kinesiology offers many techniques which give the body impetus to begin to correct the imbalances. Once it is determined where the problems lie, in many cases, the gentle application of fingertip pressure quickly encourages the body to adjust its own energy patterns. The innate intelligence that controls and determines the way a cut is to heal, or a broken bone is to knit, begins to rectify whatever is needed to initiate, continue, and complete the natural healing process.
Sometimes a type of fairly firm massage is needed which can be quite uncomfortable for a few seconds, but most of the treatment is painless, relaxing and pleasant to experience for the client. In the case of some vertebral lesions, or even where there is some disc or nerve involvement, and great pain is experienced, these methods can often relieve the pain in minutes. In some cases, the bones once again resume their correct position, making forceful adjustment unnecessary.
In our daily lives, emotional upsets, mental anguish, business and family worry can, and do divert the normal distribution of body energies. Often this energy displacement remains static, sometimes for years, even after the original cause is long forgotten. Untreated energy imbalances can cause the type of nervous ailments that lead to an apparent need for pep pills, tranquilizers, and other kinds of drugs which affect the central nervous system. This type of stress often may be greatly relieved by supplements and this method of treatment.
The Client’s Part & Treatment Spacing
In practice, although considerable relief may be gained from just one treatment, the effect may or may not last long. It depends on the severity and duration of the problem, and whether the cause still persists. Experience shows that the body often slips back into symptom producing energy patterns. When properly spaced treatments are given, the person heals more quickly, and are most cost effective in the long term. Our clients are urged to consider regular monthly preventive care visits after treatment is completed.
Your therapist will offer suggestions to you which might have a great bearing on preventing a repetition of your particular problem, or causing it to get worse. Your co-operation can speed recovery, and could save you pain, inconvenience, lost work hours, financial loss, and all that makes matters worse. It would be wise to consider advice carefully, and at least put it to the test to see if it helps. Take care of your health!
Avoid undue sudden structural strains of jerking, lifting and twisting the torso and the spine and limbs. Use your body with care. Look after you health and well-being with regular gentle exercise. Walking and swimming are excellent.
In. the realm of foods, take some real thought about what you eat. Ensure your diet provides you with balanced meals of healthful, unprocessed, natural nourishing foods. Why do we carefully put unleaded petrol in the car, and two star junk food in our stomachs? In the mental sphere, do all you can to avoid the stress of harmful emotions. Anger, disappointment, worry, and inter-personal conflicts, all diminish the power of the body to maintain good health. Take steps to reduce your stress factors, while travelling, at work, and at home. All A.S.K. practitioners of Applied Kinesiology are dedicated to prevention, as well as to the alleviation of symptoms. And therapists are able to help clients much more effectively if each person makes a commitment to helping themselves.
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