The kinesiology is a very effective natural therapy for both prevention and treatment of problems related to the system skeletal neuromuscular . Thus, he applies a series of healing methods that seek to restore normal movements.
Kinesiology is today one of the alternative methods that is most applied in the field of interaction called body-mind.
What is kinesiology?
It is defined as such a natural therapy whose main basis is that the body and the mind keep a correlation . Therefore, it is based on the theory that taking care of one of both aspects represents an important benefit for the other. It is therefore a therapy that we can include in the field of body-mind interaction.
Faced with a stress situation , the most common reaction that the body’s muscles and joints take is to tense up, which in the medium and long term causes them to weaken. Well, kinesiology seeks to restore balance to those muscles , looking for the factor that has triggered the stress situation.
For this, what is known as muscle testing is used , which allows to determine exactly what is the cause that gives rise to this stress situation, be it physical, chemical, emotional, or mental . Thus, a relationship between therapist and patient is established. Your system at both energetic and physical level reacts to the questions asked by the therapist to find the cause of the blockage.
Once the cause that has generated the state of stress has been located, it is worked with from three perspectives: how you see it, how you feel it, and how you act in the face of this factor. For this, a large selection of exercises are carried out on a mental and emotional level: brain gym, exercises for the integration of the two hemispheres, activation of acupuncture points … These are exercises that allow determining the cause and releasing it.
The origin of kinesiology dates back to the 1960s. It was then that Dr. George Goodheat discovered the reaction of the muscles and organs of the human body with the energy meridians of Chinese medicine. And it is that, treating the muscles and those key points in acupuncture in the proper way, it is possible to balance the organs and muscles, thus sending a positive message to the central nervous system . In this way, all the functions of the organism are improved: blood circulation, respiratory system, intestinal transit …
Types of kinesiology
Kinesiology is divided into two large groups. On the one hand, preventive therapy; As its name suggests, it helps the patient to avoid a certain disease and, if it occurs, the symptoms are as mild as possible. And, on the other hand, curative therapy; one that reduces the symptoms of an ailment.
This is the most common classification. However, kinesiology is also divided into several aspects.
- Holistic: it is one that works the whole body in an integral way, treating the body as a whole.
- Specific: this therapy focuses on taking care of specific areas of the body, such as a muscle that is sore.
- Applied: this is the most widespread aspect today; it works by applying different muscle tests.
Two types of kinesiology applications can also be distinguished.
- Active: it is that natural therapy in which the patient takes an active role in the session; thus, it is responsible for moving the different muscle groups of the body. The therapist usually makes use of different machines to promote the movement of these muscles.
- Passive: as its name indicates, it is the therapist himself who is in charge of performing the movements to the patient’s muscles.
Benefits of kinesiology
Kinesiology is a therapy with a wide selection of benefits both physically and mentally. He explains them, we will see below.
- It allows a very precise study of the state in which the muscles of the whole body are , evaluating possible anomalies that give rise to imbalances.
- Helps to release physical pain related to the muscular system .
- This therapy allows to detect allergies in a very precise way.
- On a mental level, it considerably reduces states of stress and anxiety in all areas of life: personal, professional, family, sentimental …
- People of all ages can obtain greater mental performance thanks to kinesiology, which is especially important in young people who are studying for example a university career.
- It is of great help in the process of both development and personal growth , which is a very important point on the path of life towards the proposed goals and objectives.
- In relation to physical health, it notably improves motor skills, coordination and body posture, thus minimizing the risk of back or hip problems, for example.
Who is it for?
Kinesiology is aimed at everyone. However, there are a number of population groups for whom this therapy is especially recommended.
- Learning problems: in the sessions the therapist works with the patient to treat their learning difficulties, which in many cases arise as a result of lack of concentration and memory.
- States of stress and anxiety: one of the main benefits offered by this therapy is to lower levels of nervousness. Therefore, kinesiology is aimed at those people who suffer from stress in any area of their life.
- Muscle problems: working with movement, this therapy notably improves muscle tone and promotes coordination and oxygenation. In this way, it provides a great feeling of well-being both physically and mentally since the muscular system is essential for good health.
- Recovery from sports training: more and more athletes are opting for kinesiology as it considerably helps the recovery of muscles after high intensity training. It is also a very interesting therapy to accelerate the healing process after a muscle injury.
- Psychosomatic disorders: as we have pointed out, the basis of this therapy is the correlation that exists between the body and the mind. Thus, it seeks to treat ailments that the patient feels in the body, but whose cause is found in an imbalance or mental blockage.
- Interpersonal relationships: kinesiology helps to determine which are the blocks that prevent the patient’s interpersonal relationships. Thus, once identified, he looks for a way to improve the patient’s behavior with the people around him, as well as with himself.
- Tiredness: people with high levels of fatigue both physically and mentally can also find in kinesiology an answer to all their problems.
What does a kinesiology session consist of?
To begin a kinesiology session, the patient is subjected to a muscle test to take into account their health status in relation to the status of their muscular system. To do this, it performs a series of muscle tests that analyze and check the state in which the muscles are, and what is their response capacity.
In this way the therapist can relate those emotional, mental and energetic aspects of the patient to focus the session in the correct way.
Based on the results of the muscle test, the therapist determines the best techniques to perform during the session; You can combine kinesiology tools with therapies such as acupuncture, ultrasound, or electrostimulation.
In general, each kinesiology session lasts approximately one hour .
Techniques applied by the therapist
It is important to note that each kinesiology session is unique and different, depending on the specific needs of each patient. In this way, even if two patients have the same ailment, the session of each of them will be completely different.
Below we indicate which are some of the most common techniques that the therapist carries out in the sessions of this natural therapy.
Acupuncture is a natural therapy that includes a series of procedures that seek to stimulate certain points of the anatomy. The therapist inserts a series of fine needles into the skin , at strategic points on the body to alleviate a wide selection of ailments: headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, contractures …
Ultrasound therapy consists of the application of high-frequency mechanical waves that propagate and transmit energy thanks to the vibration produced by these waves. Thus, with vibration there is a cellular movement that has multiple benefits, such as healing, improving blood circulation or reducing joint stiffness.
Electrostimulation is one of the most used techniques today. It consists of the use of a series of devices that, through electrical impulses, cause the muscles to contract . Thus, it allows to increase muscle tone and notably improve the flaccidity of the muscles, increasing their strength, volume, and resistance.
Contraindications of kinesiology
Kinesiology is a very safe natural therapy , as long as it is performed by a professional with training and experience in the field. Therefore, the most important thing in this regard is to put yourself in the hands of a qualified expert.
There are a number of audiences that should avoid this therapy; patients with acute infections and / or decompensated heart disease, cancer patients, and pregnant women.
The kinesiology is a widespread natural therapy widely today. Its benefits are many, as well as its applications. And it is that, beyond preventing and treating ailments related to the muscular system, it seeks the general well-being of the individual, relating body, mind and spirit.
In certain countries such as the United States, New Zealand or Australia, kinesiology is already considered a profession with a great weight in society and its application goes much further than a simple diagnostic or therapeutic complement.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.