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Definition of Kinesiology

Updated on January 7, 2018

What is kinesiology?

Kinesiology (pronounced Kin-easy-ology) is a holistic system of natural health care which uses muscle testing to communicate directly with the body.

Drawing on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology uses simple and quick muscle tests to detect and pinpoint imbalances throughout the body, imbalances which, if left uncorrected, may manifest themselves and cause pain and disease.

The underlying philosophy is that health involves physical, emotional and mental well-being, and a problem in any one area can have effects throughout the whole person. Good health means having an energy balance in all three areas. But, we live in a high-stress culture, with additives in food and can develop antipathies, notably to wheat and dairy products (these are most likely to be affected by fertilisers and additives). By examining the structural and chemical imbalances which cause a problem, we can go a long way to correcting it.

What can kinesiology do?

Kinesiology truly is a holistic therapy, treating as it does the person as a whole. Kinesiologists believe that by improving the condition of one of the physical, mental or emotional states, the other two will also improve. Kinesiology can help a huge range of health issues as well as improving attitudes, behaviour, reading, writing, co-ordination, sports performance and creative skills. It can help detect food intolerances, nutritional needs, allergies and addictions.

Kinesiology is not a 'cure for all' but it does offer a very precise way of assessing and correcting imbalances.

Where did kinesiology come from?

Kinesiology originated in the early sixties with American Chiropractor George Goodhart, who used muscle testing to evaluate muscle performance, posture and general structural imbalances. As Goodhart began to use muscle testing more, he started to link previously developed modalities to the information he had been gathering. In the late sixties Goodhart collected information on the relationship between the meridian energy flow, muscles and organs. He brought together parts of these developed systems and, calling it Applied Kinesiology, shared it with other Chiropractors and Health Professionals.

John Thie D.C., one of the early graduates of A.K., wanted to share this information with the wider population, and so, the simplified method, Touch for Health was born.

Further Kinesiology systems have been developed since these early days and are being utilised by doctors, dentists, teachers, sports coaches, chiropractors, osteopaths, nutritionists and other natural health care practitioners in their work.


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      Jack Hazen 5 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      You know, I can pronounce that word better now.

      My daughter, a freshman in college, is taking a Kinesiology course this semester. She wants to be a physical therapist. One of those ones with a 7-year degree that makes $85,000 a year.