If you’ve heard the name but are still asking “What is Kinesiology?” or are perhaps confused by terms such as Applied Kinesiology, Specialized Kinesiology and the like, here is a short primer.
Congressman Dan Burton, on December 6th 2006, in an important speech in the House of Representatives about ‘Combating Autism’ and referring to the need for more funded research into the issue of the use of mercury containing preservatives (such as thimerosal) used in vaccine shots, noted that:
“…interventions, such as restricted diet, applied kinesiology and/or chelation therapy – which many families have found to be the best treatments for their children with autism…”
Kinesiology as a term has a split personality. It is taught as a University discipline and this form of kinesiology refers to the study of body movement and relates to ergonomics and such. But the form of kinesiology that Dan Burton refers to — applied kinesiology versions of which are also called specialized kinesiology, or energy kinesiology, or kinesiologic medicine — is a form of alternative therapy developed and launched initially by Dr. George J. Goodheart, a chiropractor, in 1964. He was inspired by the muscle testing theories proposed by R.W.Lovett back in the 1930’s and by subsequent contributions to the theory by Henry and Florence Kendall in the late 1940’s. Goodheart formulated the kinesiologic approach to identifying and treating, through manual manipulation, weakened muscles that had been creating stresses that led to chronically painful conditions, amongst many other things.
He achieved impressive results with his patients by testing and treating particular muscles, leading to release of stress and tension often followed by the rapid cessation of pain that, for some, had been a long-term problem and apparently untreatable by typical modern Western medicinal methods.
Further important developments in applied kinesiology have been contributed over the following decades by other therapists. These include the noted osteopath, Frank Chapman, who identified the important role of Lymph flow and Terence Bennett, another chiropractor, who achieved improved results by encouraging better blood flow. Such work allowed Goodheart to make further additional improvements to his muscle testing and illness alleviating treatments.
Kinesiology is a hands on approach to dealing with pain or blockages and stresses of some kind. It has also been recognized (as implied by the initial quote from Dan Burton) as potentially efficacious in alleviating the symptoms of Autism in youngsters stricken by this challenging condition.
But the potential efficacy of applied kinesiology is far more wide ranging. Besides the simple concept of releasing and relieving physical stresses that reduce or eradicate chronic pain, it has also been shown to improve skin conditions, stop diarrhoea, relieve acid reflux, alleviate blood pressure problems, counter the symptoms of yeast infections, and have many other diverse benefits. Naturally the wide ranging potential impact of kinesiologic therapy has led to criticisms from those of a conventional persuasion. Whilst the nature of the treatment makes it almost impossible to conduct clinical or blind trials, there is now a weight of anecdotal evidence from so many people who have benefited from the application kinesiology that it seems beyond dispute that the therapy can prove tremendously effective.
Many of those who ‘stumbled upon’ kinesiology in their search for relief from their symptoms, have been inspired so much by their own recovery that they have gone on to study and pursue active careers as kinesiologists themselves. There are now well-regarded organizations that open a gateway to those who wish to experience and/or learn applied kinesiology by offering primers and courses increasing in complexity to practitioner level.
Specialized Kinesiology, and Energy Kinesiology are forms that have taken particular heed of the additional work contributed to kinesiologic theory by Alan Beardsall. He proposed the model of the brain as a kind of complex biological computer, or ‘Bio-Computer’. He suggests that in kinesiology the testing of muscles is, in fact, a way of allowing the ‘Bio-Computer’ to provide necessary feedback to allow healing actions to be taken. Specialized Kinesiology involves the greater use of intuition and emotional input and allows for the development of courses of action that are specific, and appropriate for each patient.
Provider of Specialized Kinesiology therapies, Synergistic Kinesiology run by Stephanie Relfe, has recently introduced a unique home based training program that allows you to work through the spectrum of kinesiologic knowledge such that you could not only treat your own problems, but also begin to help others by applying your knowledge. Synergistic Kinesiology also provides the opportunity to study for, and achieve, an online certification in their methods. For some it has already opened the door to a new and personally satisfying career opportunity as a practitioner able to answer the question “What is Kinesiology?” through the application of their valued skills.
Amelia Treadgold writes for the on-line alternative health resource GoNaturalandOrganic.com and through her specialism in studying natural Candida and yeast infection treatments has grown a fascination for Specialized Kinesiology which has been shown to alleviate the problems suffered by victims of Candidiasis amongst its many other benefits. More information about the 12-part Kinesiology Course from Synergistic Kinesiology can be found at the Perfect Health System website.