What is Kinesiology?
Applied Kinesiology, Energy Kinesiology or Clinical Kinesiology is the blanket term that is used to describe the various ways that muscle checking or monitoring is used as a feedback tool to provide us with information as to what is happening with the body and its energies. The information can be used to identify causative factors in health imbalances and use the information to balance the energies. The end goal is to ‘promote, restore & maintain health’.
This is often confused with movement kinesiology also known as human kinetics.
What is Muscle Checking?
Muscle checking is the process of testing the integrity of the neuromuscular unit of a specific muscle.
Each of the muscles in the muscular system has links to other systems such as organs and energy systems as can be found in Chinese Acupuncture Meridians.
The muscle checking and how the muscle responds therefore gives information about these systems and through this a treatment plan can be produced.
The same technique is often then used to test what is required to correct the imbalances or disturbances in the integrity.
Different Schools of Thought
Kinesiology was developed by twelve chiropractors that became prevalent in the field. Each of the chiropractors developed a somewhat different approach to assessing and treating. Some went the more alternative route and others remained true to the basic core principles.
A few of the Various Kinesiology Approaches
– Touch for Health – Basic Kinesiology Principles
– Neuro-Training – A set protocol that explores the concept of individual potential and to understand the recuperation process.
– Neural Organisation Technique – Deals with our basic survival systems of fight/flight, feeding/immune and reproduction.
– Emotional Kinesiology (KCN) – A South African developed set of protocols that deal specifically with emotion and how it influences our daily lives.
– Professional Kinesiology Practitioner – An Australian based system that combines several different Kinesiology approaches.
– Psych-K – A belief system based approach to human behaviour and potential.
Corrections or Adjustments:
– Correcting what is found during the muscle checking is done by stimulating certain points on the body or adjusting specific joints or through several other balancing techniques such as nutritional supplementation or specific activities.
– The points that are often used are:
- Neuro-Vascular Points – Specific points on the head and torso that are related to the blood flow to specific organs and areas of the body.
- Neuro-Lymphatic Points – Specific points on the torso and thighs that are related to lymphatic flow to and from specific organs and areas of the body.
- Spinal Reflexes – Each level of the spine corresponds to different areas or organs of the body generally associated with the nerve supply to that organ
- Meridian Points – Energy points that were found to have an influence on the functioning of various pathways within the body.
- & Many More….
Conventional Medicine vs. Applied Kinesiology
Allopathic or Conventional medicine is generally focused on treating the symptoms that are associated with a condition through administration of medication or surgery, while applied kinesiology focuses on giving the body its own mechanisms to deal with the source of the condition. Kinesiology also takes the person as a whole in to consideration and understands that each person is a multifaceted being. Allopathic medicine has also been described as ‘The system of medical practice which treats disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the disease under treatment.’
Studying Energy Kinesiology
– In South Africa, there are two recognised routes to study energy Kinesiology.
– The first is the Professional Kinesiology Practitioner (PKP), which is a part-time three year diploma course.
– The second is through studying the various modules of Neuro-Training, Neural Organisational Technique, Emotional Kinesiology, etc.
– To register with the Association of Specialised Kinesiologists South Africa (ASKSA), hours of lecture time need to be clocked in order to achieve a specific status as a kinesiologist.
– With up to 500 hours, a practitioner can register as an Active Kinesiologist. Up to 1000 hours, a practitioner can register as a Specialised Kinesiologist and over 1000 hours as a Professional Specialised Kinesiologist.
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