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How Does Kinesiology Work

Updated: Jul 7

How does Kinesiology work?

Kinesiology (Kin-easy-ology) is the most comprehensive of the modern natural therapies. It is, however, very easy to learn some kinesiology techniques to boost your own energy or help you handle day-to-day stress situations.

Kinesiology is a therapy with a difference.  Kinesiologists look at the whole person and think in terms of a triad of health. They place equal emphasis on all sides of the triangle. Some health care systems emphasize nutrition, some concentrate on nutritional, chemical, mental or psychological aspects of ill health. Still others look only at structure or the exercise component. The result is an unbalanced triangle or one-sided view of health or disease.

Each of us is special, unique and different. Inside our head we all have our own personal bio-computer that has been programmed by both our genetic makeup and our life experiences.

Our body is the like VDU (visual display unit) or monitor for our bio-computer and lets us (and everyone else) see how well our bio-computer is coping with life.

People-watching is a favorite game for most of us. Each one of us looks at subtle cues when we meet people. Body posture is a reflection of muscle activity. The way we stand or stoop, the way we walk or amble, the tense, uptight shoulders or the down-turn of the lips speak louder than any words about our life experience. Different healing professions have their own way of working with unequal muscle activity. Usually this expresses itself as pain or a knotted-up muscle.

Chiropractors manipulate the spine, Osteopaths do more subtle spinal adjustments, Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists work more directly on the muscles themselves. All these professions aim to relax the knotted-up muscle. Medical Doctors use pain relieving drugs or anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) to relieve the inflammatory process in the knotted-up muscle. Kinesiologists, acupuncturists and other energy-based body-workers work from the perspective that knotted-up muscles relate to imbalances in body energy.

If the diagrams were of a swing door with two springs attached to the wall, an engineer would note that one spring was knotted-up and the other overstretched. He would replace the weak overstretched spring in figure 2 and the door would hang in the middle of the door frame. Because both springs were pulling equally, the knotting-up from the second spring disappears. Kinesiology works with muscle activity in a similar manner to the engineer and the door. Instead of trying to relax the knotted muscle like other healing professions, kinesiology works on the weakened muscle. When a kinesiologist is faced with pain or a knotted-up muscle they test several muscles for equality of strength on either sides of a joint (or spine). If they test and find a muscle tests weak on one side of the body compared with the same muscle on the other side, they work with body energy reflexes to strengthen the weak muscle. Kinesiologists call this "muscle balancing".

Kinesiologists have found that many things (including mental stress or fears, our diet and daily exercise) affect muscle balance and hence our energy levels, posture and the way we function and feel. When all aspects of our lives are balanced, the best results follow and we function at our vital best.

What is Kinesiology & Muscle Testing?

Kinesiology is a branch of science which was developed by doctors, chiropractors and acupuncturists in the U.S.A. They pooled their knowledge and added it to Chinese medicine to develop a totally new technology which is amazingly efficient at balancing the body so that it can return to excellent health, energy and emotional strength. It stands apart from any other type of health technology largely due to its use of revolutionary muscle testing.

Note: The term “kinesiology” as used here is used to mean that which is connected with either Academic Kinesiology (including Applied Kinesiology) or Specialized Kinesiology and always includes manual muscle testing. It is not to be confused with another definition of ‘kinesiology’ which is that which is taught in some colleges and is defined simply as “the branch of physiology that studies the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement”.

Kinesiology is a truly 'holistic' system, because it looks at the whole person (not just at selected parts). When you step on a cat's tail, it's the other end that screams! Kinesiology as looks at all types of stresses which can cause disease. They include emotional, nutritional, structural and electrical stress.

The basis of Kinesiology is that the body is like an electrical piece of equipment, which is controlled by an incredibly complex computer, namely the brain. The brain is continually in communication with each of the 639 muscles in the body.

If a muscle is electrically in balance, it is possible to measure a constant electrical signal from the brain to that muscle and back again, much the same as two faxes 'talking' to each other.

However, when the body is overstressed (through a chemical, emotional, structural or electrical cause), the electrical signals in one or more muscles go weak. It is like a fuse in your fuse box blowing. The body figures that it is better to blow a fuse than the whole thing.

This is the basis of muscle testing, which is the main tool used in kinesiology. For example, if a person has a particular muscle in their arm 'out of balance' (as we say), then they will not be able to hold their arm in a certain position when the kinesiologist applies pressure to it.

This is particularly significant when you realize that many different parts of the body are in communication with many other parts of the body. That is,

Muscles communicate with muscles

 Muscles communicate with organs

 Organs communicate with muscles

 Organs communicate with organs

In the above example, the muscle itself may have been weakened.  However, if it is the particular muscle that communicates with the stomach, the muscle may be weak because the stomach is out of balance.

In another example, a person may have a weak bladder because their bladder is out of balance. However, the bladder communicates with the ankle muscles and therefore a weak bladder may have been caused by weak ankle muscles. (This has been shown in kinesiology when people with incontinence have stopped needing to go to the toilet after their ankle muscles have been rebalanced). It is virtually impossible to completely heal the body without taking the whole picture into account.

Once the weakness is located through muscle testing, the kinesiologist then 'talks' to the body. The body can answer "yes" or "no" with a strong or weak muscle. For example, by use of muscle testing the kinesiologist can ask the body any of the following questions.

What caused this muscle to go out of balance? If it was a chemical he can ask the body what specific food or other substance caused the body to go out of balance. If it was a deficiency, he can find out what food will re-strengthen the body.

Muscle testing shows whether a particular food weakens, is neutral to, or strengthens a particular body. Every body is different at different times. When a body is well balanced, foods which were previously weakening may become neutral, and neutral foods may become strengthening.

If it was an emotion which caused the imbalance, the kinesiologist can ask the body via muscle testing what specific emotion is it? Once the emotion is identified, the kinesiologist can then do an extremely simple technique called emotional stress release.

If the person went out of balance due to an electrical cause (which is quite common), it can be determined whether this is being caused by an electric blanket, microwave oven, computer, pager, car, television or whatever else you think of.

Many people go seriously out of balance by simply using an electric blanket, eating microwaved food or by spending 7 hours with a computer. After the cause is located the person can remove the offending piece of equipment, or ask the kinesiologist to rebalance them to a new strength, so that next time they are around the piece of equipment for an extended period of time they will stay in balance.

The brain is like a computer - This process of rebalancing is like reprogramming a computer.

A little-known fact is that many crystals are just the same as food - they can either weaken, be neutral to, or strengthen the body. A number of people are seriously out-of-balance due to the crystals that they wear in order to 'strengthen' themselves!

This is one reason why kinesiology is such a boon to any type of healer. As people get more and more specific communication back from their body, they usually begin to take responsibility for their own health and have more knowledge of how to do that. When a big, tough guy sees that a puny girl can easily push his arm down when she says "cigarettes" or "sugar", he often begins to think seriously about giving them up. Many people don't feel like giving up harmful habits because someone else has told them that they should - but when their own body starts telling them in no uncertain terms that those habits are weakening it, then that is another matter.

Whether or not the cause of the imbalance is identified, the kinesiologist is able to ask the body which particular areas of the body should be touched in what particular way to correct the imbalance. The brain becomes aware of the problem and finds the electrical pathways which were blocked or forgotten about, and rectifies the situation. Typically people notice an immediate (and hopefully long-lasting) absence of pain in the troubled area - and within a few days afterwards many of any other symptoms go away.


One of the reasons why some types of alternative treatments do not work as well on some people as they do on others, or have lasting effects, is because the right treatment is not being done in the correct order of priorities. There are a few BASIC electrical systems which must be in balance if the body is to recover to full health. Unfortunately, it appears by simple observation that most people do not have all of these basic systems in place.

The most important systems to have in place is the Centering System. This is taught in Applied Kinesiology. The test to see if the Centering System is balance is simple - simply give a light slap on the person's upper arm. Then muscle test. If they then test weak, that means that the simple slap was more stress than their body can handle.

There are three parts to the Centering System. One, two or all three may be out of balance. One of these is called Cloaca's. One is called "Gaits", which is related to walking. The other is the Hyoid bone of the throat.


It is the muscles which hold up the skeleton, not the other way around. Therefore, many structural problems are caused, not because the bones are doing anything, but because some of the muscles holding them up have gone weak - and so the muscles on the other side of the bone have pulled the bone over. Therefore, if we want to make a permanent correction to a bone, we must locate which muscles went out of balance and rebalance them. Again, it would be preferable to find what type of stress caused the muscle to go weak in the first place, to prevent the problem from reoccurring.


Many people's physical problems start with something out of balance in the digestive system, which is hardly surprising when you see what most people consider to be food - Muscle testing shows that many of the foods that we regularly eat have negative effects on the body.

The ileocecal valve is an important part of the digestive system, and the ileocecal valve correction is one of the most important in kinesiology.

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Medical disclaimer:

Information in this article is for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended as medical advice or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed Medical Profession.  Neither the publisher or author directly or indirectly dispenses medical advice, nor do they prescribe remedies or assume responsibility for those who choose to treat themselves.

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