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What is Kinesiology?

What is Kinesiology

Traditionally kinesiology refers to the study of muscles and movement in the body and is widely used in this context by physiotherapists. However, within the natural health field the term kinesiology is used in a wider context. Here muscle testing is used to detect imbalances within the body. This may relate to any number of physical, mental and emotional problems

Kinesiology draws on principles of traditional Chinese medicine. According to kinesiologists, muscles, organs and glands are connected by a network of pathways that include the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems as well as the meridians used by acupuncturists.

Practitioners use gentle touch and massage techniques to restore balance so that the body’s natural healing processes can be implemented. Many are also practitioners of other therapies, such as homeopathy and nutritional therapy, and will make use of these approaches too.

There are about 50 forms of kinesiology, but all use the basic muscle testing principle. Applied kinesiology, practised by osteopaths, chiropractors, nutritionists, dentists and some doctors, was developed by Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor in the 1960’s.