ENERGY MEDICINE 101: What is Kinesiology and Muscle Testing?

The body heals itself in a sure, sensible, practical,
reasonable, observable, predictable manner. The healer
within can be approached from without.
~ Dr. George Goodheart

The word Kinesiology comes from the Greek word kinesis, meaning motion. In the medical sciences, it is the name given to the study of muscles and the movement of the body. Kinesiology is best pronounced kin -easy – ology. The basis of Applied Kinesiology is that any problem with an organ is accompanied by weakness in a corresponding muscle.

In 1965, Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, discovered that when a muscle was tested, the result could reveal vital ‘hidden’ information, recognised about an individual’s health, illness or malady that was difficult to find by any other means. He gave his system the title of Applied Kinesiology.

Applied kinesiology (AK) is now a recognised technique used to diagnose illness or to assist in choosing a suitable treatment by testing muscles for strength and weakness.

This 10-minute video is a demonstration by Dr. Robert Ciprian of Applied Kinesiology and the mind-body connection filmed during a 2006 lecture at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. It is very revealing and worth a watch if you are considering using it to help you with a health or emotional issue.

John Thie, in early 1973, developed a system of Kinesiology called Touch for Health. His system of muscle testing specifically for non medically trained health professionals so they could better diagnose their clients issues. Since then, it has been experienced by well over 3.5 million people in at least 52 countries.

In the last 30 years, the body of knowledge on Kinesiology has developed rapidly, and much clinical research has validated the many new discoveries. Despite the millions of happy patients, some scientific evidence does not support the claim that applied kinesiology can diagnose or treat cancer or other illness.

What types of conditions does Applied Kinesiology (AK) help?

AK draws on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and can evaluate body function through the muscle/meridian relationship. It is renowned for being able to uncover and help the underlying causes of health problems that are difficult to find by any other means.

It can assess a person’s response to any stimulus. It can also establish connections between imbalances, put them in order of priority and determine the most effective treatment.

When used correctly it can detect imbalances in the body’s systems in four key areas:

  • Chemical nutrition, hormones, pH good health begins in the gut
  • Structural bones, muscles, tissues
  • Emotional fears, phobias, trauma, stress
  • Electrical hydration, energy levels and energetic fields

Can accurate results be obtained every time muscle testing is done?

The answer is “yes”, Testing performed by a skilled practitioner can yield accurate results. However, sloppy procedures yield sloppy results. In my own experience as both the practitioner and patient I would say that it is imperative that a practitioner must be extremely skilled in the phrasing of questions used to elicit the muscle response, and be thorough in determining the answers that are obtained.

There are many different uses for AK and muscle testing, so we have listed a few additional resources you can check out whether this diagnostic therapy is right for you:

Your Body Can Talk: How to Use Simple Muscle Testing to Learn What Your Body Knows and Needs (Paperback)

Clear Intentions’ Breakthrough Muscle Testing App for iPhone

Muscle Testing: Getting Answers From the Subsconscious Mind

What do you think?

Is AK and muscle testing something you have tried? Has it been successful for you? Would you recommend it to others?

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NOTE: This information may not cover all possible claims, uses, actions, precautions, side effects or interactions. It is not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultation with your doctor, who is familiar with your medical situation.

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  1. Wow didn’t realise how powerful muscle testing is… check out this blog about how your body can talk to you through muscle testing & kinesiology

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