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Muscles and the immune system

Updated: Apr 22

What does the immune system have to do with the muscles and vice versa?

Everyone experiences muscles imbalances due to overuse, misuse or disuse and other medical reasons. But did you also know that there is a link between your digestion, organs, immune system and your muscles?

Our bodies are in constant communication with our internal world sending information via feedback loops and messengers known as hormones. Information in the form of electrical impulses are carried through our nerves.

Intervertebral foramina are the openings or spaces in the vertebra where the nerves pass through and some nerves link to muscles and organs.

Did you know that your neck muscles are connected to your stomach and your pectoral's major sternal is connected to the liver by the nervous system?

The Central Nervous System is comprised of the sympathetic nervous system that mobilizes energy and resources during times of stress and arousal, and the parasympathetic nervous system which conserves energy and resources during relaxed states, including sleep. The autonomic nervous system is made of neurons connecting the CNS with internal organs.

How do we know this?

In the late 1960s, American Chiropractor George Goodheart and his inquisitive mind developed and evolved kinesiology. Using muscle testing as a diagnostic tool to find weak muscles and applying a "Why is this" mindset, he began to discover and utilise a variety of methods and techniques. With his muscle testing methods as a basis, he drew on knowledge from biomedicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, dentistry, nutrition, biochemistry and other methods to increase the health and wellbeing of patients.

John Thie, Californian chiropractor and a member of the pioneering team of applied kinesiology, created the 'Touch for Health' manual based on traditional Chinese medicine, the principals of acupressure, nutrition, Tibetan energy and muscles testing to assess stress responses from the structural, chemical and emotional area.

Functional Kinesiology sessions use the triangles of health and a unique four phase approach to empower you to know and understand what your body requires. When there is imbalance and an under energy the muscle will unlock, an over energy imbalance muscle stays locked when unlocking techniques are applied. Ideally a functioning muscle balance will lock when tested and unlock when techniques are applied.

What about your immune system?

Your immune system is made up of a network of cells and proteins that protect and defend the body against infection from the internal and external sources. The immune system remembers every germ or microbe that has been a threat, this enables the immune system to recognise and destroy it quicker if it enters the bodies network system again. The organs of the spleen, thymus and stomach are connected to the immune system.

FACTS: The gut wall is home to 70% of the bacteria cells that make up your immune system. The spleen contains white blood cells that fight infection and it filters the blood of any old or damaged red blood cells. The thymus is your body's surveillance and protection monitor constantly on the watch for potential threats.

The latissimus dorsi, neck, pectoralis major clavicular and infraspinatus muscles are associated with these organs. When we see an imbalance in these areas - whether an over or under energy - we can balance them but the key is to discover "Why is it that the immune system or the muscles checked are imbalanced?"

During the pandemic where our systems can become strained and overloaded, a Functional Kinesiology treatment can help to relieve a stressed nervous system and give our natural immunity a much needed boost.

Check out the interview with kinesiologist Laura Knowles - "Unlocking Immune Power for Better Posture & Movement" where we take an in-depth look at our immune system, diet, hormones & its impact on our posture and movement.

Book an appointment with Zoisa

If you want to find out more about your own body through Kinesiology, you can book an appointment with Zoisa at the Wells or Somerton Studio. If it is your first session you will need to book the 90 min assessment.

Not sure if Kinesiology is for you? Why not try our Mini 'taster' 30 min session or contact Zoisa to find out more.


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