Applied kinesiology (AK) is a non-invasive therapy which uses subtle muscle testing to assess the body’s emotional and physical health. Imbalances in energy flow are rectified by applying other therapies such as acupuncture or massage. Relaxation techniques and nutritional supplements are also combined to relieve symptoms of stress.
Most evidence supporting AK has come from individual case studies published by clinics or therapists themselves. Reviews of the academic research into AK suggest that the current evidence, both in diagnostic accuracy and effectiveness in treating conditions, is weak and invalid. It is generally very difficult to study as any detected muscle weakness can be a result of many factors which are difficult to decipher and compare.
Initial appointments begin with a case history and discussion about your symptoms and health concerns. The patient will then be asked to remove their shoes and lie or sit on a table, whichever is more comfortable.
The types of tests may vary depending on your problems. Head, arms and legs will be put into particular positions and pressure exerted on limbs to test the muscles. Questions may be asked throughout this muscle testing too, and the changes in muscle will be monitored as answers are given. Some therapists also perform allergy tests.
Together, these will help put together a health report about the imbalances within your body thought to be resulting in the symptoms of stress.
The therapist should discuss the treatment options first and you can select your preferences. These can include acupuncture, massage and burning essential oils. Nutritional supplements or exercises may be prescribed to continue your therapy at home in your own time.
Ensure you contact a registered kinesiologist from a reputable organisation with relevant experience and qualifications and check they are qualified to perform all parts of this complicated therapy. You should feel comfortable and relaxed with the therapist and that they suit your health needs.
Timing of sessions and costs vary depending on the kinesiologist’s experience, training and your requirements. On average, patients have six sessions of kinesiology and return annually for routine treatments. Initial sessions are generally slightly longer at around 90 minutes and any follow-up sessions around 60 minutes, costing around £60 and £40 respectively. Any nutritional supplements that are recommended are not included.