What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology means ‘the study of movement’. The term is also used by complementary and alternative medicine practitioners to describe a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at what may be causing ‘imbalances’ in the body and attempts to relieve these imbalances. The kinesiology approach examines ‘unresolved stress reactions’ in a person and provides techniques intended to assist the body’s natural healing process.
Kinesiologists may be able to help treat a wide range of health problems, including:
How Kinesiology Works
The human nervous system is designed to self-regulate and adapt to change. But when we cannot adapt efficiently, the muscles will reflect the stress in the central nervous system. This stress creates specific muscle patterns that kinesiologists can assess using muscle monitoring techniques.
The easiest way to understand this process is to think of the signals between the brain and the body as feedback loops. As the brain adapts to the changes in the muscle systems, the muscles send signals to alert the brain that the changes have taken place. Muscle monitoring may indicate a wide variety of possible causes of imbalances in a person’s overall wellbeing.
Kinesiology therapy aims to stimulate the body’s energy using a multilevel approach to treatment so that untapped potential can be released. Practitioners look for the subtle but numerous imbalances that may lie behind physical, mental and emotional problems.
How Kinesiology Developed
Kinesiology stems from chiropractics and applied kinesiology. It is also based on the ancient Chinese acupuncture theory of chi energy. Unlike applied kinesiology, where muscles are tested for strength, the more recently developed forms of kinesiology use muscle monitoring as a form of biofeedback to the subject.