Updated: Feb 22
What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is the science of movement. Applied Kinesiology is based on the philosophy of interconnectivity, interrelationships and body wisdom.
Applied Kinesiology uses manual muscle testing as a way to uncover and reveal you own body wisdom about imbalances that when left unaddressed can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms such as poor posture, digestive issues, re-occurring injuries, pain, headaches, hormone issues, fatigue, insomnia, stress and immune issues.
Why would you go to a kinesiologist?
There are a variety of reason to see a kinesiologist. It is common for people to be referred to Kinesiology via a friend after going down the medical route and yet still requiring help; or some people just happen on it.
The Kinesiology approach is based on a self-responsibility model, where the Practitioner will guide and inform you and then it is up to you to take action to create changes required to maintain and improve your health. You are given a variety of tools and techniques to help you do this.
What happens during a Kinesiology session?
In a session you remain fully clothed and lie down on a couch. Everyone completes a case history form and if you are interested in food intolerances it is recommended you bring some food with you. We then use muscle testing to identify imbalances.
Muscle testing is where pressure is applied to a body part to test the muscle response. Your role is to meet the pressure with ease, it is not a test of strength of the muscle, simply the ability of the muscle to respond and maintain a response. When the muscle responds and activates, (think of a light switch going on) the pressure is held by the Kinesiologist to see if the muscle stays activated ('locked'), or if it unlocks - whether the signalling is disrupted (e.g. the light goes off). This is the body informing us that there is an imbalance. From there, we continue to test a series of muscles to gain a picture of where the imbalances are around the body. Different muscles link with different meridians and organs. Once imbalances are found there are a variety of techniques that can be used to re-balance the body.
What is an indicator muscle?
An indicator muscle is a muscle that is used to indicate or reveal information about where there are imbalances in the body that need addressing in the session. The indicator muscle will either 'lock' or 'unlock' with ease. A practitioner will test that the indicator muscle can lock and unlock with ease before beginning to investigate and uncover what you need to know to support and maintain your own health.
How long does kinesiology take to work?
Changes in the body are noticeable in the moment and following the guidelines and homework provided to you by your Kinesiologist, will enable the changes in your body to embed and hold longer. The connective tissue system integrity is restored enabling 'body talk' or 'body-wide-signalling', so that Qi flows, organs, muscles and systems can operate cohesively.
Kinesiology is a very individual approach. It looks at all aspects of you, whether that is biochemical, electrical, emotional and structural, as well as your current life situation. At the end of a session recommendations are made and homework given.
What can a Kinesiology diagnose?
Kinesiology does not diagnose. If you require a diagnosis please consult a medical professional.
What is the difference between Kinesiology v chiropractic v physiotherapy?
All of the above approaches look at the body and a physiotherapist and chiropractor are able to diagnose musculoskeletal issues. However;
A physiotherapist will look at the area of symptoms and recommend exercises to support your recovery.
A chiropractor will use techniques to realign the bones and joints to bring about changes.
The difference with Kinesiology, it that is looks at all aspects of you and it is your body that holds the information. Whilst you are clearly participating in the session, it is your body knowledge that is being revealed by the practitioner.
Are there different types of Kinesiology?
Yes, there are a number of different types of kinesiology, I am trained in Functional Kinesiology, this a new approach based around the triangle of health or 6 pillars of health - blood sugars, stress, hormones, digestion, immune system and emotions. There are about 14 different types of Kinesiology, for more information you can visit https://kinesiologyfederation.co.uk
Why choose Kinesiology?
If you are ready to create change and be back in the driving seat of your health, and wish to understand more about the triggers that can cause imbalance and how to help yourself this is a method to help you.
No matter what the symptoms or issues everyone starts the journey by ensuring that the fundamental building blocks - the triangle of health (blood sugars, stress and hormones) - are in place and supported. There is no quick fix. The imbalances do not just occur overnight, signs and symptoms occur over time to give you clues and ask you to pay attention. Depending on how far down the journey you have gone, will indicate how far back to 'normal' you need to go. Take a look at our "pathway to chronic pain" diagram, health is a similar journey.