Kinesiology is a method of communicating with another person's nervous system by testing the tension in the muscles. The kinesiologist uses the muscle tests to find the imbalances, tensions and blockages in the body, then makes corrections and a re-balancing of the nervous system, to finally test the muscles again to verify that a change has taken place.

Applied Kinesiology is a system of natural health care which combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Chinese medicine to asses energy and body function, applying a range of gentle yet powerful healing techniques to improve health, well being and vitality. This science can be likened to a diagnostic tool that uses the neuromuscular system and other measurable parameters to aid in evaluating what is wrong and what to do for a client.

An applied kinesiology examination depends upon knowledge of functional neurology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and biochemistry and is combined with standard physical examination procedures, laboratory findings, x-rays and history taking.

The methodology is concerned primarily with neuromuscular function as it relates to the structural, chemical and mental physiologic regulatory mechanisms. Applied Kinesiology, which originated within the chiropractic profession, is an approach to clinical practice, with multidisciplinary applications.

Kinesiology is used in the Natural Health Field as an effective and versatile tool to identify and correct stress and imbalance in the body, using muscle testing bio-feedback. Health, Well-being and Balance are re-established by diffusing the causes of these problems. Kinesiology is one of the the fastest growing, and most comprehensive holistic therapies in the world today.

What exactly is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology can be divided into two distinct parts. The first as an aid to diagnosis. Muscle testing is used to help diagnose what is functioning abnormally. There can be a problem with the nervous system, the lymphatic drainage, the vascular supply to a muscle or organ, a nutritional excess or deficiency, a problem with the cranial-sacral - TMJ mechanism, an imbalance in the meridian system or a host of other problems. The second is testing individual muscles in an accurate manner and determining what effects the relative strength of the muscle where the knowledge of the basic mechanics and physiological functioning of the body helps to more accurately diagnose what is going wrong.

Exploding Some Myths about Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology is not:

›A simple yes/no, radionics or pendulum type of testing system.
›Testing using mental telepathy.
›Using crystals or magnets as treatment modalities.
›Touch for health or any of the other forms of evaluation using muscle testing as a simple yes-no answer system.
›A simplistic, cookie cutter approach to treatment.

Is Applied Kinesiology muscle testing?

A professional using Applied Kinesiology tests muscles therefore utilizing muscle testing as a tool to confirm his/her normal examination findings. Muscle testing has been misused as a tool and oversimplified by many.


Does Applied Kinesiology replace standard examinations?

NO. Applied Kinesiology is used as an additional tool to help define what is going wrong or what imbalances are present.

All Specialized and Applied Kinesiologists are using Manual Muscle Testing as a fundamental tool in their work. Manual muscle testing was originally developed by Dr. Robert Lovett and the American physiotherapists Henry and Florence Kendall. In 1949, Kendall & Kendall published a classical reference work on the subject that has become the foundation of all muscle testing. Kendall used around 100 manual muscle tests in his work. Now Applied and Specialized Kinesiologists are furthering the use of manual muscle testing. In Specialized Kinesiology, many methods use muscle testing to access the client's conscious and subconscious mind, asking verbal questions during the muscle tests.

The manual muscle tests are done by the Kinesiologist applying pressure to a person's leg or arm, asking the person to maintain the original position where the specific muscle is contracted (as short as possible). If the person cannot maintain the test position, the muscle is regarded as inhibited or "weak" (there are confusing signals in the nervous system). To correctly perform a manual muscle test is as much technique as a work of art.

The reasons for weaknesses and hypertension in the muscles are many:

Structural imbalances;

›Blockages in the blood and lymphatic flow,
›Nervous tension,
›Restricted range of motion in the muscles,
›Reduced function in the associated internal organ or gland,
›Blockages in the acupuncture meridians,
›Mental and emotional stress,
›Nutritional deficiencies, etc.

When the Kinesiologist with the help of the different muscle tests has located the problem and the possible cause of the imbalance, he will again use the muscle tests to find out the best correction and re-balancing method.

The treatments, corrections and re-balancing techniques used in Applied and Specialized Kinesiology are endless. Literally hundreds of different methods are used. Some of them are borrowed from other therapies, both traditional and new techniques from the West and East, and yet many of them are new unique ways of corrections, developed within the big kinesiology family.