Kinesiology is an Alternative therapy, which is both diagnostic as well as therapeutic. It holds that various muscles are associated with specific organs and glands, and that a weakness in a muscle can signal a problem elsewhere in the body (for example, a weak deltoid muscle may signify a problem in the lungs or a nutritional deficiency affecting the respiratory system). Likewise, correcting a muscular problem can relieve a disorder in associated organs (for example, strengthening the leg muscles can correct the function of the adrenal gland). However, Allopathic physicians dismiss this therapy completely and say that it has no role in scientific health care.
Most Kinesiologists analyze the posture, gait and range of joint movement. A muscle is that stays fixed is considered to be strong or locked and muscle that gives way immediately is considered weak or unlocked. A practitioner may ask the patient to touch various areas of the body when he repeats the muscle testing. This is believed to help isolate the source of trouble within the body. While evaluating nutritional deficiencies, the therapists may assess the muscle strength while touching various points along the Acupuncture meridians. Some practitioners also test nutrients by placing them on the tongue for 10 to 20 seconds at a time. If a taste of a substance strengthens a muscle, it means that the patient has a particular deficiency.
Treatment varies according to the diagnosis, but may include deep massage, joint manipulation and realignment, cranial therapy, meridian therapy, nutritional therapy and diet management.
The aims of therapy:
- To make a non-equipment assessment of a patient’s health status.
- To restore the faulty gait and posture and to improve the range motion
- To restore normal neuromuscular function.
- To achieve a normal endocrine, immune, digestive and other internal functions.
- To permit early intervention in degenerative disease.
Kinesiology has come for a lot of criticism because improper muscle test results can occur when there is nerve dysfunction, nutritional inadequacy, toxic chemicals, meridian imbalance or poor blood or lymph circulation. Kinesiology should only be used as an adjunct to conventional treatments.