Kinesiology - part 2
Integrating Kinesiology in Practice
in Medicine and Alternative and Complementary Therapies
by Maggie la Tourelle
This is the second of a two part series of articles on Kinesiology. Part 1, Principles of Kinesiology, appeared in the last issue. It describes what Kinesiology is, the principles and main methods used and provides the necessary background information for understanding its application in practice. Many kinesiologists use kinesiology as a therapy in its own right. This article describes the application of kinesiology as an adjunct therapy in medicine, alternative and complementary therapies and demonstrates the difference it makes. To save you from having to refer back to Part 1 a review of some of the key points follows.
Who should be interested in Kinesiology?
Kinesiology can be applied in any therapy and in any field so it is potentially of interest to everyone. It spans the full spectrum of health and healing from its application in the more physical therapies such as chiropractic and nutrition, to the emotional therapies and the more subtle domain of healing and energy work. It is practised world wide by doctors, dentists, chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths, physiotherapists, nutritionists, counsellors, educators, healers and is applied in almost every branch of alternative and complementary medicine. It can be used with clients of any age and with any condition. It can also be used for health and performance enhancement in any area e.g. by athletes, performers, business people etc.
What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is a holistic system of natural health care which uses muscle testing as an assessment tool. It can be used for biofeedback to find the client's response to any stimulus and it incorporates the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, TCM, which provides a means of evaluating body function. Kinesiology uses a range of standard corrections and treatments and also draws on other healing modalities.
What can Kinesiology offer a complementary therapist?
What ever your therapy, adding kinesiology will enable you to enhance what you already do. It offers holistic assessment and treatment, a means of establishing connections and prioritising these and instant feedback. A practitioner can; :
These are just a few of the things a practitioner can do using kinesiology so you might consider which of these would enhance your work.
Before reading the case histories it might be useful to be reminded of how different kinds of stimuli are tested.
A location in or on the body. If the type of stimulus is activating a point or an area of dysfunction in the body e.g. a painful shoulder, a vertebrae, a skin lesion, an acupuncture point etc. the client, or in some cases the practitioner, touches that area or point while the practitioner tests an indicator muscle (IM).
Food, substances or supplements. The food, substance or nutritional supplement, e.g. milk, cigarette, vitamin supplement, herbal remedy etc. is placed in the client's mouth or in another location while the practitioner tests an IM or other specific muscle(s).
A remedy. If the remedy is in a bottle, e.g. essential oil, flower essence, homeopathic remedy etc, the bottle containing the remedy may be held under the the client's nose, placed on his / her parotid gland (on the cheek) or in some other location while the practitioner tests an IM.
A statement. The client makes a statement for example, "I want to be well", and the practitioner tests an IM.
A movement. The client performs a specific movement or series of movements e.g. looks in a particular direction or does cross crawl, a test for right / left brain integration, and the practitioner tests and IM.
A location in the aura. The practitioner holds or moves his or her hand in a particular location and / or direction in the client's energy field while testing an IM.
Integrating Kinesiology in Practice
The scope of kinesiology in orthodox, alternative and complementary medicine is unlimited and the following contributions from a number of practitioners in different fields demonstrates this. Although the descriptions show particular aspects of kinesiology in these different fields, all kinesiology training is based on a holistic model and this will be reflected in the practitioners work as a whole.
Kinesiology is not an exact science as results cannot always be replicated. This can pose a problem for those trained in the field of orthodox medicine with its dependence on scientific medical research. However all the methods taught by the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) are tested in the field for two years before being accepted. Fortunately some medical doctors have realised the benefits of using kinesiology assessment to assist their diagnosis, backing this up with medical tests and the use of kinesiology treatments which are non invasive.
Dr Rodney Adeniyi - Jones is a medical doctor who uses applied kinesiology in his practice. He says, "Applied kinesiology helps me in two ways; firstly in complex, confusing or difficult cases where symptoms have not been resolved through other means it points me very quickly in the right direction. Secondly it gives me the tools to alleviate a wide variety of symptoms quickly." The following case shows how kinesiology can enable a physician to identify and treat effectively a number of symptoms when both orthodox medicine and homeopathy have failed."
Mrs I.A. aged 61 lived abroad and was visiting London for six weeks. Her presenting symptoms which she had had for a number of years were; hypertension, tachycardia, headaches, fatigue and anxiety. These conditions had been investigated medically and the medication she had been given had not resolved her symptoms and had at times made them worse. She had also been treated by a classical homeopath without much success.
The possible causes of her problems were manifold. The first kinesiology assessment indicated amalgam toxicity. I arranged for three lab tests; a mercury excretion test which revealed abnormal levels of mercury (four times the normal level), lymphocyte sensitivity tests to mercury and nickel the results of which were also abnormal, and a post menopausal hormone test which was normal. I treated her with homeopahic drainage, and nutrients to promote mercury elimination; DSMA and a heavy metal chelation agent.
By the time she was due to return home she was transformed. She no longer had palpitations, her level of anxiety was greatly reduced and she had much more energy. Her family noticed the difference and said she had returned to her previously healthy and vital self.
Dr Rodney Adeniyi - Jones is registered with the General Medical Council and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, is an associate faculty member of the London Royal Homeopathic Hospital, and is a member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).
Applied kinesiology has its roots in chiropractic and Dr Richard Cook is a chiropractor who has been combining the two for many years. He says, "Basically, kinesiology helps me do what I do better, more efficiently and provides an interactive patient feedback, as well as being able to prioritise the treatment protocol. This eliminates guesswork and can be used to ascertain whether or not the treatment has been effective". The following case shows the diagnostic precision which kinesiology offers, combined with the value of being able to prioritise, which allows the patient's body to dictate its preferred order of treatment for effective healing.
Miss. G.F. age 18 years presented with the main complaint of headaches and neck stiffness. This was the result of a head on collision in a car which she was driving. A further complication was that due to a manufacturing fault, her air-bag failed to operate normally. This caused a fracture of the right zygomatic (cheek) bone as well as a severe cervical acceleration-deceleration injury, whiplash and a chest compression with broken ribs. All this occurred about 10 months prior to consultation. She had been hospitalised and X-rays of the neck revealed no abnormalities.
The head pains were described as dull and continuous and were exacerbated by stress, working on a computer and turning the head particularly to the left. Over the previous nine months she had received a variety of treatment regimes, physiotherapy made the neck pains worse, acupuncture had no benefit and even faith healing had not helped.
Following a comprehensive chiropractic examination certain factors became evident. The posture revealed a head tilt, indicative of some neck problem and a degree of dural torque (twisting of the membranes covering the central nervous system). Palpation showed tenderness at C3/4 and a left rotated vertebra at this level. There was also a disturbed jaw function particularly upon opening and a slight cross bite. So there were at least three potential problems; a neck vertebral lesion, a cranial fault and tempero-mandibular joint dysfunction. The question was, which does one correct first?
This is where applied kinesiology can be invaluable. Various suspected areas of the body were checked using muscle testing and muscle biofeedback to locate the trouble. The right TMJ, C3 on the left initially did not exhibit a positive response. However, once the primary problems, a restricted cranial sutural problem and the dural torque, were cleared then the neck was ready to be adjusted followed by the jaw, including the internal perygoid muscles. Also some Bach Rescue Remedy was administer after the jaw release to assist with the stressful nature of the injuries. Immediately after treatment there was a distinct improvement and after two further visits the patient was pain free. There is still the matter of lengthy legal proceedings regarding the other driver and the vehicle manufacturing fault - but that is someone else's headache!
Dr Richard Cook is a member of the British Chiropractic Association and the ICAK.
Julie Langton Smith is a sports physiotherapist who integrates kinesiology in her work. She has found having kinesiology skills has enabled her to help clients in ways she could not have done with physiotherapy alone
This case history shows that although, like the previous case the presenting symptoms were mainly structural, a holistic kinesiology assessment and treatment which included energy and emotional work made a difference and restored her client to his previous healthy life.
Mr M.G. was admitted to Crawley Hospital in 1998 suffering with numerous injuries following a road traffic accident while carrying out his work as a motorway service man. He suffered with broken ribs, broken scapula, broken collar bone and punctured lung to the left side of his body. His left eye had also received an injury to the optic nerve. He was rushed to intensive care and thereafter received physiotherapy for three months. After this time the hospital discharged him and he was left to get back to normal. Prior to the accident he had lead a very active life, weight training and going to the gym three times a week, none of which he had been able to do since.
When he arrived at the clinic it was obvious that he was in pain and had little use of the muscles on his left side. I started the session with a holistic kinesiology assessment and evaluation. The first priority was a Tibetan figure of eight energy imbalance over his head and upper torso which I corrected by working in his energy field over these areas in a figure of eight pattern. I tested and corrected auricular and visual imbalances. He had a bilateral teres major muscle imbalance, which connects with the governing vessel (meridian), and this responded to neuro lymphatic reflex treatment. I then applied ultrasound treatment to his shoulder, followed by manual therapy to these areas going into the left side of the ribs.
He responded well to this treatment and received three further sessions each of them slightly different to the first. The second session still showed a bilateral imbalance in the teres major muscles but the priority changed to the latissimus dorsi muscle. These all responded to neuro lymphatic reflex stimulation. Nutritional evaluation showed a need for adrenal support, a weak immune system and Vitamin. A, B and C deficiency. By the fourth visit most of his imbalances had cleared and he was feeling much stronger.
During each session standard physiotherapy was carried out, such as ultrasound, faradic treatments plus manual therapy and mobilisation techniques. These combined extremely well with kinesiology. At each session I did the kinesiology emotional stress release treatment. We also did injury recall, a kinesiology stress release method for clearing the memory of the trauma held in the tissues. He has made a very good recovery and is now starting to weight train again.
Julie Langton Smith has a ITEC dip, Sports Physio Therapy Certificate and is an affiliated professional member of the Kinesiology Federation.
As already stated kinesiology has adopted some of the principles of acupuncture and kinesiologists use these effectively but without a depth of knowledge and understanding of acupuncturists . For this reason acupuncturists might be excused for having dismissing kinesiology. However, Marek Urbanowicz who has been combining the two for twenty years says, "acupuncture offers kinesiologists a straight forward practical way of applying some of its knowledge and using and adapting its powerful tools. Kinesiology offers acupuncturists additional assessment possibilities and treatments that can be of real value to their patients."
"A.K will appeal to those acupuncturists trained in a 5 element or Japanese style since no mention is made to syndromes as in the current TCM model and the emphasis is on palpation. Applied Kinesiology enables a practitioner to be truly holistic rather than paying lip service to the idea and ultimately benefits our patients.
Meridian therapy was incorporated into A.K. by Goodheart in 1966. A natural extension of the muscle / organ / gland relationship, it added an energetic dimension and the philosophy of the Life Force fitted in well with chiropractic beliefs. The primary contribution of A.K. in this field has been in diagnosis, firstly in understanding why an imbalance occurs and secondly in the nature of electromagnetic energy, e.g. chi, rather than in new theories and techniques.
The benefit to the non-acupuncturist / shiatsu therapist etc. is that A.K. introduces the Oriental medical paradigm in a pragmatic and testable way without needing to train for years. Obviously one should not insert a needle unless qualified to do so, but there are a large number of safe techniques which can be used such as tapping points, using magnets, lasers or colour filters, stroking meridians etc. From a structural point of view a persistent vertebral subluxation might be due to a meridian imbalance i.e. T3 might be misaligned due to an imbalance in the lung pathway and will not rectify until the meridian imbalance is addressed.
The benefit of A.K. to acupuncturists is that it cuts though a lot of the esoteric theories and validates many of the fundamental ones in a demonstrable manner. For instance, a hypotonic muscle, such as the deltoid, can be strengthened by tapping the tonification point of the lung meridian since they are connected. Where there is a choice of which acupuncture point is most appropriate, muscle testing can clarify which is the best to treat. Scars can often cut across meridians and it is possible, using muscle testing, to determine whether or not is is causing a blockage and if it is, correct it.
Other benefits would be the ability to determine food intolerances or problems with the lleo-caecal valve, which could hinder the efficacy of treatment. Correcting TMJ misalignment will profoundly affect the meridians running through the neck and jaw. The linking of specific acupuncture points with neurotransmitters and amino acids is innovatory, as is Goodheart's concept of pulses for the Conception and Governing Vessels."
Marek Urbanowicz MAc. M.B.Ac.C ICAK is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the ICAK and is on the faculty of the Association of Systematic Kinesiology.
I am providing more information on this particular subject because it is the one that is most in the public awareness and is the most controversial. Kinesiology when applied in the field of nutrition by practitioners with the appropriate knowledge and skills is probably more effective than any other therapy. However when the necessary skills and knowledge are lacking results can be poor and all too often this is what gets reported in the press.
Kinesiology can identify allergies and sensitivities and individual nutritional needs. Assessment can be both simple and complex and finding the cause rather than the symptom is done in the context of a holistic assessment. Treatments are determined by the skills and training of the practitioner. e.g. nutritional, herbal and homeopathic remedies, manipulation, rebalancing the meridian system, emotional balancing etc.
Richard Holding is an osteopath and kinesiologist who specialises in nutrition. He says, " I wouldn't use nutrition without applied kinesiology (AK). AK enables me to measure the body's response to nutrition and herbs and find out if what is being considered is beneficial, has no effect or is harmful. I use twenty two different tests to test one supplement or substance. By following the metabolic pathways I can test to find precisely at what stage in the process there is a problem. Metabolic pathways can be blocked by toxins such as viruses or poisons, or there may be an acquired or genetic predisposition which prevents the body from producing a particular enzyme. When these are identified they can be treated and cleared.
For example on one of the hormonal pathways the body converts pregnenolone, to progesterone, and progesterone to 17 hydroxyprogesterone in two steps. Each step is governed by a specific enzyme and these enzymes are controlled by vitamin and mineral co factors. Therefore using kinesiology we can identify which hormone is out of balance, which enzyme is involved and the nutritional co-factor(s) for that enzyme. When the patient takes the required nutrition the problem is usually resolved."
Mrs A.S. aged 30 came to me with an infertility problem having been unable to conceive for nine years. I discovered she had hyperprolactinaemia, a hormone which causes infertility. I found the co-factors to metabolise the prolactin and she has now conceived. This is just one of many cases.
Richard Holding is an osteopath registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the ICAK.
Herbal and Nutritional Medicine
Daphne Benjamin says, "Using kinesiology I can test for the most effective herbs and combination of herbs and prioritise my treatment. I also use kinesiology techniques for identifying allergens, bacteria, fungi and parasites and for desensitising my clients to allergic substances."
Mrs J. M. was aged 68 and had been diagnosed as having IBS which she had had for 20 years. Kinesiology testing confirmed this and showed chemical and emotional factors were involved. Further testing revealed a deficiencies in vitamins B complex, A and D and zinc and an allergy to salicylates and some other substances. The particular brand and dose of the nutritional supplements was also determined by kinesiology testing. Taking care to select herbs without salicylates I tested various herbs which resulted in a herbal tincture which would treat the endocrine system, the liver and the intestinal mucous membranes. I used a Kinesiology correction for her ileocaecal valve and instructed her how to do this herself. I also used kinesiology techniques to desensitise her to the substances to which she was showing allergic responses.
Six days later Mrs J.M. phoned to say it "was is miracle, if only I had known about herbal medicine and kinesiology 20 years ago." In the following session testing showed she no longer had a salicylate allergy and her system was much more balanced.
Daphne Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medical Herbalist.
Mariette King says "I use kinesiology in all my aromatherapy treatments as an assessment tool to find out what the body is requiring at that time, as a method of refining my choice of essential oils, and as a therapy in its own right. Kinesiology identifies the underlying imbalance which is frequently different from the presenting symptoms and by treating this with the appropriate essential oils the symptoms disappear."
Mr V.B. came to me suffering from asthma which he had had for a number of years. He used an inhaler several times a day. Aromatherapy treatment alone would have suggested oils to strengthen his lungs. However kinesiology assessment showed his primary imbalance to be a weak immune system and when I tested oils to stimulate this e.g. sandalwood, cubeb seed and cardamom, his whole system balanced. I proceeded to give him an aromatherapy treatment using these oils. The following week he reported that although he still had some breathing problems he had felt much more energetic and was surprised he had not caught his wife's ‘flue. Subsequent aromatherapy treatments based on kinesiology assessment included emotional balancing and after a few sessions his breathing was much easier and he felt much healthier and relaxed.
Mariette King is a Tisserand Institute trained aromatherapist and an affiliated professional member of the Kinesiology Federation.
Reflexology and kinesiology both provide methods for very complete and accurate assessment. Reflexology provides a mainly physical assessment at that point in time and kinesiology provides a physical and energetic assessment giving advanced notice of what will manifest physically in the future, if the pattern of imbalance continues. So a reflexologist who also uses kinesiology assessment has an exceptionally broad picture of the client's state. Reflexology and kinesiology also share treating reflexes, kinesiology reflexes being mainly on the body and the head. What kinesiology can do that reflexology can't do, is establish connections between imbalances, prioritise these, find out the factors that are involved in the imbalance, and provide instant feedback. With this information, a reflexologist can add kinesiology treatments which enhance the treatment as a whole. Kinesiology borrows things that work well and some kinesiologists use foot reflexes to supplement kinesiology treatment.
I (Maggie la Tourelle) trained in Reflex Zone Therapy of the Feet in 1985 and use aspects of this therapy in my kinesiology work.
I (Maggie la Tourelle) frequently use kinesiology as an adjunct to counselling. Kinesiology provides a seemingly physical and non threatening way of starting to work with certain clients, particularly those who may be resistant to the idea of counselling. It offers a holistic framework for assessment and treatment which can support the changes being made e.g. energy balancing, nutritional support for the nervous system, a wonderful way of resolving emotional stress and many simple self-help techniques which empower the client. It also offers a fast and very accurate means of gathering information from the subconscious e.g. age regression and finding out the exact context of a problem.
Ms T.D. aged 19 had been a cocaine addict for six years and was self mutilating. She came to me for help when she was no longer coping adequately with any aspect of her life. She had never had counselling and was very unsure about it.
I started by using kinesiology energy balancing as she like it and felt immediately better for it. It also gave us time to build trust in a non threatening way. Kinesiology gave us the possibility of addressing the physical, energetic and chemical aspects as well as the emotional ones. Her heart muscle / meridian was repeatedly weak as a result of her drug abuse and care was needed to monitor her exercise programme until she was stronger. She took nutritional supplements to support her nervous system. She learned a self-help technique for coping with stress. We identified key issues and set goals. All this supported the counselling / therapy work. I'm pleased to say that from the first day she came to see me her addiction stopped. She is now completely free from any kind of addictive behaviour and is leading a very useful and fulfilled adult life.
I am a member / registered with: The British Association for Counselling (BAC accredited counsellor), The Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ANLP) accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP), The Kinesiology Federation (K.F), and The Association for Systematic Kinesiology (ASK)
Kinesiology bridges the gap between the physical and the metaphysical. It works with the same energy that healers work with when doing laying on of hands, a process in which the client is usually passive. I moved into kinesiology from healing work because I liked the way it actively engages the client and provides sensory feedback about what is happening. When clients can see and feel changes in their muscles, when their auras are being assessed and possible treatments are being tested in their aura, they realise, sometimes for the first time, that they actually extend beyond their physical body. This has a profound effect on their beliefs and consciousness and greatly enhances their healing process.
Mr M.C. aged 25 had Crohns disease which was diagnosed when he was nineteen. He came to see me (Maggie la Tourelle) feeling depressed because he had had a poor prognosis from his specialist and was already on the maximum dose of steroids. He frequently felt exhausted and couldn't enjoy life like other people of his age for example late nights and drinking.
I used an integrated approach combining kinesiology, counselling and healing. Kinesiology played a major part in strengthening the weak parts of his system and balancing his energy generally. I tested for food sensitivities and found an intolerance to dairy products and tested for the nutritional support needed for example N. acetyl d glucosamine (N.A.G.). We also worked on stress management and developing more opportunities for creativity. Muscle biofeedback enabled us both to find out the precise locations of the most stressed areas of his colon and to trace this in his energy field. Initially he was very skeptical about energy fields but he couldn't deny what he was experiencing through muscle testing. I worked both on his body and in his energy field, allowing his energy to balance. Each time I tested him the areas of stress had reduced in size and at the same time his general health and well being was improving. I'm pleased to say when I last saw him he said he felt 100% most of the time even when he was "living it up" and was in the final stage of coming off his steroids (under medical supervision).
I am a member of the Association of Therapeutic Healers (ATH), the KF, and ASK.
Kinesiology as a Therapy
Many practitioners use kinesiology as a therapy on its own and call themselves kinesiologists. Kinesiology as a therapy came about as a result of the accessibility of trainings in Touch for Health and other branches of kinesiology which were and are open to lay people. Some practitioners brought their own specialist skills and created new branches of kinesiology sometimes referred to as the A - Z of kinesiologies. All these branches share the holistic paradigm but each has a particular specialisation, its own methodology and assessment procedures and some treatments that are shared and others that are specific to that branch.
A - Z of Kinesiologies;
The Parent Systems;
Applied kinesiology (AK). AK is the original system developed by chiropractors and used by clinicians with a licence to diagnose.
Touch for Health (TFH). TFH is the original system designed for lay people. It offers a comprehensive system of basic AK designed for self-help health enhancement. Many of the branches draw on TFH.
Some Branches of Kinesiology (world wide);
Advanced Kinesiology. This is an extension of the Touch for Health system which incorporates many AK procedures without manipulation skills or a licence to diagnose.
Professional Kinesiology Practitioner (PKP). PKP is an extension of the Touch for Health system which incorporates many AK and other procedures and uses hand / finger modes in assessment.
Educational Kinesiology (Edu K). Edu K specialises in improving learning and effective functioning through brain / body and right / left hemisphere integration.
Three-in-One Concepts. This branch specialises in stress defusion and management working with the brain and emotions in past and present time.
Health Kinesiology (HK). HK works with psychological, allergy, nutritional and environmental factors using the "ask the body" method of assessment. It uses mainly energy treatments.
Clinical Kinesiology (CK). CK is an extension of AK. It is a complex system which views the body as a human ‘bio-computer' with many different levels and files. It developed the hand / finger mode method of assessment which it uses extensively.
The principles and methods of kinesiology described in Part 1 are used by most kinesiologists and can be applied very effectively in any therapy as anything can be assessed and most treatments can be tested for their effectiveness. The muscle biofeedback tool also encourages practitioners to carry out their own research and be creative. Part 2 gives a glimpse of how some individual practitioners are applying and integrating kinesiology in their work and the excellent results they are achieving in their particular therapies / practices which would not be possible without kinesiology.
If you don't already use kinesiology or use it and would like to explore it further you could attend a two day workshop and get some hands on experience, discover how it works, its scope and find out for yourself just how effective and powerful it is.
© 1999 Maggie la Tourelle
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Maggie la Tourelle with Anthea Courtenay (1997) Thorsons Principles of Kinesiology
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maggie la Tourelle works as a holistic health therapist, teacher, consultant and writer combining Kinesiology, counselling, NLP psychotherapy and energy work. She has been working in the field of complementary medicine since the early eighties and has trained extensively in the different branches of kinesiology and in the healing arts. She is an international consultant in kinesiology training and has been a prime mover in the development of a National Occupational Standard for Kinesiology. She is also co author of Thorsons Principles of Kinesiology. She may be contacted at 70a Caversham Road, London NW5 2DS tel :0171 485 4215
Training: Everyone in the UK who wants to use kinesiology professionally (as an adjunct) and be registered with a professional kinesiology body has to have at least a certificate in Foundation Kinesiology or be accredited by the ICAK.
The Kinesiology Federation (KF) tel: 01438 817 998
The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) (training) tel: 01403 734 321
The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) (practitioners) tel: 01835 823 645
Association for Systematic Kinesiology (ASK) tel: 0181 399 3215
The International Kinesiology College (IKC) Switzerland tel / fax: 00 41 61 361 3390