Applied Kinesiology was developed in the 1960s by George J. Goodheart Jr. who discovered that particular organs have an effect on specific muscles within the body.
Essentially, certain muscles become weaker when an organ is not working correctly or there is a chemical imbalance.
Applied Kinesiology tests the strength of particular muscles which then gives the osteopath an indication of the health of the organ being tested.
For example, a test on the deltoid muscle (in the shoulders) is used as an indicator of the health of the lungs. If the deltoid muscle is found to be weak, an Applied Kinesiologist or osteopath would likely use techniques to stimulate blood flow, nerve function, lymphatic drainage and acupuncture energy to improve the strength and condition of both the muscle and the lungs themselves.
What Conditions can be Treated using Applied Kinesiology?
Applied kinesiology can be used to identify a number of conditions including organ dysfunction (as explained above), mechanical structural imbalances, food allergies and environmental sensitivities.
Food allergies or sensitivities can be identified using Applied Kinesiology because foods that cause negative reactions in the body can, in turn, cause reversible muscle weakness. An Applied Kinesiologist may place samples of foods into the mouth one at a time while performing muscle tests (this would not be used for severe allergies such as those that cause anaphylactic shock).
However, often, the food sample or test vial would be placed on the navel which is considered as the ‘Shrine of God’ in acupunctural medicine – where energy enters and leaves the body throughout our lives.
Applied Kinesiology can also be used to identify the vitamins and supplements needed to resolve health conditions. Using the example of the deltoid muscle, if the muscle is weak due to a lung infection, the Applied Kinesiologist will test several herbs and vitamins by placing them on the tongue (or other testing focus) and retesting the muscle. The supplement that improves the deltoid muscle function the greatest is the chosen supplement.
How can Applied Kinesiology help you?
At Active Healthcare Clinic, we will spend time trying to understand your problem and putting together a treatment plan for you which may involve massage techniques. We may also provide you with advice on exercises that you can do at home to strengthen a particular muscle (where appropriate).
We will also help you to understand which foods to avoid if you have a food sensitivity and which supplements can best aid recovery from your health condition.
Contact Sheffield’s Active Healthcare Clinic
If you are suffering from regular discomfort in any area of the body, or if you want to explore your food sensitivities in more detail, please don’t hesitate to get in contact for an initial consultation.