The term Kinesiology has arisen only in the last few decades. However, other modalities using the concepts of electrical alignment in the body such as acupuncture, acupressure or light touch have been used for thousands of years. Still, the first reactions to this phenomenon can be extremely varied, ranging from wide-open acceptance, to questioning hesitation and curiosity, or to complete and adamant disapproval.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines kinesiology as the study of the anatomy, physiology and mechanics of body movement, especially in humans. And the application of the principles of kinesiology to the evaluation and treatment of muscular imbalance or derangement. The On-Line Medical Dictionary uses the following definition for Applied Kinesiology: "The study of muscles and the movement of the human body." In holistic medicine it is the balance of movement and the interaction of a person's energy systems. Applied Kinesiology is the name given by its inventor, Dr. George Goodheart, to the system of applying muscle testing diagnostically and therapeutically to different aspects of health care." (Thorson's Introductory Guide to Kinesiology, 1992, p13).
How It Works
Kinesiology basically involves the measurement of body electricity or energy. There are 45 miles of nerves in the human body. The brain acts as the communication center for almost every action in the body. Although some communication between organs is accomplished by releasing hormones into the bloodstream, most of the processes in the body are completed through impulses via the nervous system. Our five senses are possible only through a properly functioning nervous system carrying messages to the brain. When nerves are pinched, severed, malnourished, under stress, or if the oxygen supply is severely depleted, the electric system is shorted and pain or paralysis can occur. When the conductivity has been shorted or diminished there is a break in energy flow. The body in general is weaker than if the energy flow was not hindered. Applied kinesiology is a tool to locate these electrical blockages or weak areas.