Kinesiology uses the principles of mechanics and anatomy with respect to human body movement in the relation to the actions of individual muscles or muscle groups carrying out specific movements.
Our nervous system is designed to adapt to change and self-regulate. If we cannot change efficiently, the muscles will manifest the stress in our central nervous system. This stress causes specific muscle patterns to occur. Kinesiologists analyse and assess these patterns using ‘muscle monitoring’ techniques.
How to understand this is to think of the communication between the brain and the body as feedback loops. As the brain adapts to the changes in the muscle systems, the muscles – in turn – indicates to the brain that the changes have occurred.
This ‘muscle monitoring’ may reveal a wide range of possible causes for imbalances in the person’s overall health and feeling.
Typically, the client's health history is compiled (confidentially).
Sessions can vary with amount of tests or challenges carried out at various times depending on the problem:
• Chemical challenge – determining the patient’s reaction to certain foods or allergens by introducing small quantities of a suspect item put on the body. The practitioner interprets the reaction by determining the energy relationship between the muscle and its ‘corresponding organ.
• Mental challenge – the patient thinks about something or focuses on their emotions, while the practitioner does a specific muscle test which could reveal an imbalance of energy or stress that needs some attention.
• Physical challenge – determine neuromuscular integrity (biofeedback) by getting person to place an arm or leg in a certain way, and then to keep that configuration while the practitioner applies some gentle pressure against the limb.