What is Applied Kinesiology


Applied kinesiology is an energy healing modality that falls under the realm of energy psychology. The basic premise of applied kinesiology is that it is possible to use the strength levels of muscles in relation to the body’s energy force (Qi) to determine the source of an allergy. Some people call it muscle testing. Some call it NAET. And some call it completely bogus.

This article is not meant to prove that applied kinesiology works. Nor is it conversely meant to show that applied kinesiology is bogus and that practitioners are scam artists. The goal of this article is to explain the background, the techniques used, and the theory behind applied kinesiology so that you can make an informed decision on whether it is right for you.

Applied Kinesiology – Fact or Fiction

In order to fully understand and appreciate the concepts found in applied kinesiology, you must have an understanding and acceptance of the basis of ancient eastern medicine, developed mostly in China, but also found in Japan, India, and other southeast Asian countries. The primary basis of eastern medicine is that there exists a universal life force that is found in all things.

For us Star Wars fans, this concept is very similar to “The Force” that is an integral part of the famous movie series. The Force, call Qi in eastern medicine, flows through and around everything. It is a binding energy that connects everything together. In the famous words of Obi-Wan Kenobi:

“It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”

Unlike in the movies, though, in eastern medicine practice you do not need to be a Jedi Master or Sith Lord to use The Force, or Qi. But you do need to have an understanding of it and a belief that it does exist in order to effectively use it for healing. This is where the naysayers come into play.

Believing that there exists an encompassing energy force throughout the universe if a very hard concept to acknowledge. Even in the Star Wars movies it takes a long time for most of the characters to accept the fact that The Force is real. Han Solo, for example, puts it pretty bluntly:

“Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. ‘Cause no mystical energy field controls my destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”

Advocates of western medicine pretty much take the side of Han Solo. They don’t accept the concept of a life force energy that surrounds us all and that can be used for healing. They see it all as “simple tricks and nonsense” and a way for applied kinesiology practitioners to take money from those gullible to believe them.

In terms of acceptance into western medicine, probably the biggest hang up is that the practices of eastern medicine, especially those in the realm of energy psychology, including applied kinesiology, is the lack of scientific evidence and documentation of actually healing taking place. And they are correct. There is very little, if any, clinical research done on eastern medicine practices.

Western modern medicine, however, is highly researched and documented, and backed by science, not theory. But, it is not perfect either. There is a lot, a whole lot, of money behind western medicine and there are many potential issues and side effect with the use of chemicals to treat disease and disorders. Western medicine has its own set of issues, which we won’t go into here.

Eastern medicine, and the concept of a life force energy, takes a little bit of a leap of faith. You don’t have to fully believe in it from the start, you just need to be accepting of the concept. As you learn more about it and become more aware of it, you will start to see signs of its existence. Phenomena that you have experienced before, like getting a phone call from a friend you were thinking about, or that feeling that you might get before something bad, or good, happens, will be seen in a whole new light.

Depending on your belief system, you might chalk these occurrences up to divine intervention, or just little miracles. Act of God, you might say. But what is God? One could argue that God is an omnipresent being that “surrounds us and penetrates us”. It binds us all together.

So, yes, applied kinesiology is not backed by empirical data and scientific evidence. It is more of a belief system that you must accept, on some level, in order to appreciate its existence as a medicinal practice. It is really up to you to determine if it is the right thing for you or not. Let’s explore how it is put into practice.

Applied Kinesiology – The Practice

In applied kinesiology, and all energy medicine for that matter, the life force energy found in the body is called Qi. The body has various energy centers where Qi flows. These areas are called meridians and applied kinesiology tracks the effects of blocked or malfunctioning meridians in the presence of allergens.

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Applied Kinesiology – Muscle Testing

A test is performed to determine if a substance produces an allergic relation. This test is done by having you hold a sample of the substance while a therapist performs various muscle related strength tests.

The relative strength of muscles in the arm or leg can be used to determine if the person has an allergy, and how the allergy is affecting the energy structure of the body. When you are holding a sample of an allergen, there is a disruption in your meridians that causes a weaker muscle strength.

The practitioner will have you hold your arm up and instruct  you to keep it there. They will then push down on your arm to test its strength. This test is performed twice. Once when you are not holding the sample and once when you are holding the sample. If you are allergic to the sample, you will not be able to hold your arm up.

The Effects of Allergens on Your Body

When the body reacts to an allergy, it is essentially triggering a panic response to a chemical that is not really harmful to the physiology of the human body. This response is related to triggers in the nervous system, a network of tightly connected sensors that run though the body to regulate various biological processes.

Normally, this network functions without disturbance. When the body and subconscious mind sense an attack, even if the attack is not life threatening, they react and the body is altered to enter “defense mode”. It is this defense mode that causes the allergic reaction symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, bumps, swelling and other manifestations.

In eastern medicine, the allergen disrupts the meridian flow of your Qi, causing blockages. When there are blockages in your meridians, disorder and dis-ease manifest. Since allergens are typically mild, what manifests is typically pretty mild, uncomfortable, tiring, and frustrating, but mild.

Applied kinesiology muscle testing deals with the root of the problem: by testing the effects of a toxin on the ability of the body to exhibit muscle strength. Muscle strength is a good indicator of the presence of a toxin because a reaction causes the energy of the body to be diverted to other more crucial pathways than the firing of muscle tissue.

A weakened muscle can be detected by a practitioner and traced to find the spinal and nerve pathway related to the allergy. Then, though a treatment process of various pressures exerted on the body, the energy pathways can be reprogrammed to not go into an altered state of panic when exposed to the allergen. The body is literally re-programmed like a computer through the interface of the spinal column and associated nerves.

Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing

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Muscle Testing

In an applied kinesiology session you will be muscle tested while holding various compounds. The therapist will be looking for a weak or a strong response when your body is exposed to potential allergens. A strong response indicates that no allergy is present and a weak response indicates an altered energy profile in the body due to physiological changes relating to the allergen.

The procedure involves holding a vial of the allergen in one hand while holding the other arm out to be examined. Discernment from a practitioner determines if the test was positive or negative and the result is recorded for further analysis. Usually a treatment can be offered in the same visit.

Is Treatment Safe?

Treatments vary from case to case but usually involve some form of pressure or acupuncture being applied to various sites on the body. This procedure will be custom created to balance the specific allergy problems indicated. A seasoned expert will be able to explain exactly how the procedure is designed to heal the condition.

Applied kinesiology muscle testing is drug-less and had been shown to be safe in conjunction will all other forms of treatment. It is non-invasive and does not involve inserting allergens into the body such as in the more common skin-prick test.

What do experts Say?

In 2003 applied kinesiology was the 10th most frequently used chiropractic technique in the United States. This means it has been a pretty popular choice for dealing with the energy malfunctions of the body. This does not attest to actual results, but it does indicate there is sufficient trust and belief in the practice of applied kinesiology.

People suffering with advanced symptoms of allergies are generally willing to try anything to get rid of these lifelong, frustrating symptoms. Many times, allergies disappear all together with applied kinesiology, despite the western scientist’s views of the procedure. It seems that there is more to human life than meets the eye and those issues of faith, belief, and overall attitude can and do affect the flow of energy in the body and subsequently affect the results obtained from applied kinesiology.

This means that your own attitude about applied kinesiology could determine weather or not your body will let down its guard for healthier reprogramming. In this case, you must be the expert. It is a new and evolving area of medicine that just might help you defeat a lifelong allergy problem.


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