What is involved in a Kinesiology Session?
Firstly, Kinesiology does not claim to cure anything. We believe that
only the person's body can cure itself. We are the conduit or the
facilitator of change to take place in the person's body. Although
science requires evidence based proof of efficacy to prove the theory
and techniques, absence of this evidence in research does not disprove
the safety and efficacy of kinesiology treatments. Dr George Goodheart
DC, (dec'd May 2008) the father of Kinesiology said “The body is simply
intricate and intricately simple. If you supply the right measure you
will get the right response.”
Kinesiology is a therapy involving a client and a practitioner. It is a
sacred contract between two people with both working together to
achieve a positive outcome. Some practitioners work from offices,
clinics and some will operate from their residence in a clinical setting
in their home set aside for clinical work. The session can last from
30 minutes to one and a half hours, depending on the client's presenting
problems. Follow up visits may be in one, two or three weeks. A few
visits are required for more lasting results but it is not necessary to
have a long extended treatment program for the same problem. If this
happens then the client needs other therapies with or instead of what
they are receiving. The fees charged may vary from $60 to over $200,
again depending on all factors. Health Funds may rebate a set amount if
the client is in the appropriate level of cover for extra therapies.
The practitioner will use muscle testing / checking / monitoring
to evaluate stress levels in the person's nervous and energy systems.
With over 100 different training courses from most countries around the
world a wide and diverse array of techniques may be employed by a
Kinesiology Practitioner. Most Kinesiology Practitioners will be a
Member of a Peak Kinesiology Industry Association. With recent changes
to teaching, now mainly through Registered Training Organizations there
will be a more “standardised approach” to the clinical practice of
Kinesiology. As Kinesiology has its background in Chiropractic /
Osteopathic and Acupuncture philosophies there is a definite aspect of
“hands on therapy”.
Booking an appointment
When the client / patient arrives at the clinic after an
appointment has been made, prior information may have been provided in
brief e.g. a general description of methods to be used, fees to be paid,
length of consultation, clothes to be worn, supplements, herbs, therapy
oils, equipment that may be useful and will be an extra charge etc.
Kinesiology Practitioners usually charge for a complete session, as
different to the medical item where a charge is made for each aspect of
the treatment with an item number. The client will be advised that no
drugs, chiropractic adjustments, x-rays or surgery will be employed.
Also, the practitioner may advise that referrals to other professionals
may be necessary e.g. Dentists, chiropractors, doctors for blood tests
etc., depending on the person's current problems.
On arrival, before any therapy is started a thorough history of the
person will be taken. The current reason for the appointment is
important as this obviously is the reason the person came, however as
Kinesiologists we are more interested in the cause of the effect the
person is experiencing. All injuries, diseases, visits to hospitals,
surgeries, major visits to the doctor, visits to other practitioners,
emotional stresses in relation to the issues, relationships at work and
at home with family, any abuse that they have suffered, hereditary
matters such as disease and health problems of parents, and their
general state of wellbeing during the last few months / years of their
lives. Other questions may relate to blood tests, x-rays, scans,
supplements that they are taking, and drugs that are prescribed and any
substances that they may be using such as illicit drugs. These factors
all relate to their present symptoms - which are not as important as the
causes, if they genuinely wish to achieve a state of wellness.
The Therapy Session
Most practitioners will use a massage table for most of their
therapy, for many reasons. Some therapy will be conducted with the
person standing for a short while. At no time will the person be
completely naked, however it may be required for the person to remove
some of their clothing to to perform certain aspects of the therapy.
Although Kinesiology is not massage there are some massage principles
used by some kinesiologists, again depending on their training as
The arms or legs are usually used to perform the muscle testing and
muscle response testing. A muscle test is performed to check for the
integrity of an individual muscle. Once this has been performed and is
treated to bring it into “balance”, it is known as an intact,
neurologically integrated muscle. This muscle can now be used to test
for problems and imbalances in other muscles and the nervous system.
This may involve checking for cranial bone blockages, emotional stress
on various issues from the past, the present or the future. It can
identify factors unknown to the person's conscious thinking, injuries
not remembered, allergies to foods and various substances in the
environment, phobias etc. Also pain in the body may manifest as a real
pain when in fact the cause may be an emotional issue, unresolved. Many
injuries such as head injuries have healed but the memory in the
nervous system is long forgotten consciously but is still in the
computer circuits. Only with muscle testing and muscle response testing
will this be revealed where it can be reprogrammed into the nervous
system. Along with unresolved head injuries there may be whiplash
memory which again can only be tested after the head injury is
corrected. When having the session a muscle test is performed then the
practitioner will make slight correction to the body or use an
affirmation to change the response of the muscle test.
Specific Learning Difficulties
Over the last 25 years many researchers in Kinesiology have noted
great improvements in ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, reading, writing and
spelling with children of all ages. This is a particular area of
interest and most Kinesiologists treat children suffering from these
problems. As education is so important, all efforts to clear blockages
to learning should be explored by parents and school teachers. If a
child is not performing at their optimal level at school Kinesiology may
be just what you are looking for. These symptoms have many causes,
however unresolved head injuries and emotional issues may be the
underlying factors that are not addressed by the authorities who are
unaware of these factors. If you don't test you will not know.
Nutrition has now been shown to also contribute. Allergy testing can
pinpoint the wrong foods and also the better foods to be eating to
enhance brain, mind/body function. A Kinesiologist is well trained to
support this factor if you are not sure.
After a session of kinesiology a person may be relaxed, still suffering
from inflammation which is felt as residual pain or muscle spasm,
extreme tiredness, nauseous if digestive and toxic factors have been
stirred up or they may feel elated. Many times children with
behavioural problems and learning difficulties may experience dramatic
changes and sometimes nothing at all. After a while gradual changes
will usually be seen. Sometimes a number of treatments may be necessary,
however “the miracle” may occur after only one session. It is
recommended to have everything checked to ensure the best results.
As a modality Kinesiology is a way to find out what is happening
BEFORE it happens in a serious way. A beneficial way to view the
benefit of Kinesiology is to have a 6 monthly visit each year to check
out all these stress that occur and are accumulative. It is usually
recommended that a good diet regime with a few supplements, depending on
a person's lifestyle will assist the person to a state of wellness, and
not just freedom from a named disease.
sessions do differ a little from most other Kinesiology sessions as Dr
Carl Ferreri DC developed specific protocols to follow and all tests and
corrections are performed "IN RELATION TO THE CAUSE OF EACH ISSUE"
which is unique to N.O.T. Most N.O.T. practitioners will follow the
same system in the clinical treatment of the client. Most initial
visits are for 1 hour with follow up visits 1/2 hour. If a client comes
back for other issues months down the track expect to have a 1 hour
visit then with follow up sessions for those issues.
Find an N.O.T. practitioner and get to know them. They are there to
assist you in your life where you cannot get help from anyone else.