Applied Kinesiology: An alternative solution path to health

Applied Kinesiology: An alternative solution path to health
Kinesiology is also known as the practice of biomechanics and focuses on the study of body movement. Applied kinesiology branches off this foundation and emphasises the importance of muscle strength monitoring where diagnosis and treatment is based on the theory that muscles have important links to other body parts, such as organs and tissues.

Therefore, the practice of applied kinesiology purports that muscle weakness indicates internal problems such as stunted blood supply, nerve damage or chemical imbalances. By correcting muscle weakness, applied kinesiologists aim to heal associated internal problems.

George Goodheart Junior developed applied kinesiology in the 1960s. Applied kinesiologists often practice across medical disciplines and many are also chiropractors, dentists, or physicians. 

Applied kinesiologists make use of a method known as manual muscle testing (MMT) along with other conventional medical methods. MMT investigates chemical, structural and mental aspects of one’s health in order to find viscerosomatic relationships in the body. Viscerosomatic relationships are formed between a dysfunctional organ and a corresponding area of weak muscle. 

Applied kinesiologists treat weakened muscles through joint mobilisation and manipulation, dietary guidance, and therapies that focus on the meridians of the body. Applied kinesiology has been used to treat serious ailments like cancer, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and more. A visit to an applied kinesiologist begins with taking a thorough medical history. Thereafter, certain tests are conducted to measure one’s reflexes, balances, strength, and skin sensitivity, amongst others. Applied kinesiologists also analyse a patient’s range of motion, their posture and manner of carrying themselves and their walking gait. 

Food is another important aspect of applied kinesiology practice. Practitioners analyse whether certain foods or other substances strengthen or weaken a patient by placing the food under the tongue of the patient while testing their muscles.  Some applied kinesiologists also analyse emotional wellbeing by asking the patient to visualise and mentally experience a psychologically stressful situation whilst testing a muscle.