Applied Kinesiology or Muscle Testing
Kinesiology (Kin-easy-ology) “the study of movement” is a therapy concerned with evaluating the function of the body at all levels through muscle testing.
A short history
The technique was developed in the states in the 1960s when an enlightened chiropractor, Dr. George Goodhart, began combining aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, notably acupuncture points, with a variety of Western therapies that involved touch reflexes and muscle testing.
Dr. Goodhart, through experimentation, established links between meridian flow, the major organs of the body and muscle function. His system, Applied Kinesiology, was sadly only taught to Medical Doctors and Chiropractors. Upon realizing the potential of Kinesiology, Dr. John Thie, one of Dr. Goodharts earliest students, devised a simpler version called Touch for Health for non-medical practitioners. Touch for Health has since become the basis for the many branches of Kinesiology in existence today.
Over the years many practitioners have developed their own form of Kinesiology based on the theories and practices of Applied Kinesiology and Touch for Health. Among them Dr. Jimmy Scott, who founded the branch known as Health Kinesiology in the mid 1970s. Dr. Scott devised a system that has, at its heart, the ability to communicate directly with the body and ask it what it needs to heal through muscle testing.
What can Health Kinesiology do for me?
At this point some of you will be asking the question, “How does the body communicate?” Sensible question; how do we know when we are thirsty or hungry? How do we know when to sleep or even visit the bathroom? What tells us? The body’s inner wisdom or intelligence does.
The body has unique homeostatic mechanisms that are continuously working to regulate our blood sugar levels, regulate our breathing, balance our hormones, produce energy, cleanse our systems and utilize nutrients, among countless other functions that help maintain a balance in the body.
Occasionally the balance that our body works so hard to maintain is disturbed by stresses such as allergens, emotional stress, trauma, even by using a PC or a mobile phone.
Health Kinesiology defines stress as anything that causes a disturbance at the energy level within the body thus affecting the meridians. I often describe the meridian system to patients/clients as a large, complex road map that carries vital energy around the body; a complex of major and minor routes much like the roads in any town.
But sometimes there are accidents on these routes which cause the flow of traffic to stop, slow down or switch to another less suitable side road. We all know what happens to the surrounding roads when the motorway is closed because of an accident, chaos and blockages result around the affected area. This is the effect that any form of stress can have on the energy system.
So, what causes the accidents to happen in my meridians? Living!!! Most people lead busy, stressful lives, have pressurized jobs, rely on ready cooked meals, dwell in polluted environments, surround ourselves with electromagnetic emissions from PCs, mobile phones, televisions and other electrical items, they may have limiting belief systems, worries or fears, to name but some of the potential stressors. Health Kinesiology helps your body to clear away these accidents and get the traffic moving again by tapping into the body’s inner intelligence with the aid of muscle testing.
Muscle testing involves the application of light pressure to a muscle, usually one in the arm. If a muscle gives way on testing this is read as a negative, or no. If the muscle remains strong on testing then this is read as a positive, or yes. By testing the patient/client in the presence of potential stresses, i.e. foods, chemicals and thoughts, among many others, the practitioner is able to determine what weakens and stresses the energy system and, more importantly, what will strengthen it.
In order to help remove the stress from the system, the practitioner will use information gained through testing to select appropriate acupuncture points for the treatment. Depending on the nature of the correction, the practitioner will either hold or tap the points, thus retuning and rebalancing the energy system while supporting the body’s natural healing mechanisms.