A growing number of elite sportspeople now use kinesiology as a way to ward off injury and boost their performance. But what exactly is it, what does it treat and how can we all use it to improve our day-to-day health? Chiropractor and kinesiologist Dr Kate Wood explains
First up, what exactly is kinesiology?
Kinesiology is an advanced and holistic therapy that is based on the science of energy balancing. It uses muscle monitoring (known as biofeedback) to identify imbalances in the body that may be causing health concerns. It looks at health as a whole, addressing not just the symptoms in the physical body, but the biochemical and emotional environment of each individual. There are lots of different styles of kinesiology including holistic kinesiology, neuro-emotional technique (NET), TBM (total body modification) and applied kinesiology (AK).
How does kinesiology work?
Trained kinesiologists are able to assess how your body is functioning and can locate imbalances by using a process of gentle muscle monitoring techniques to gain an insight into muscle patterns. The process flags whether stress is directly related to the muscle or is linked to a particular organ, gland or energy pathway. Various different methods may be employed during treatment including tapping, emotional release, massage, magnets, oils, crystals, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, nutritional advice and/or affirmations depending on the practitioner and the style of kinesiology you’re experiencing.
How can kinesiology help me?
Because kinesiology reveals the body’s overall state of structural, biochemical and emotional balance, it may be able to help the body heal a wide range of health issues, which might include:
- Physical problems such as headaches, migraines and injuries to ligament, muscle, bone, nerve, or joint pain or strain.
- Biochemical imbalances such as food allergies, sensitivities or malabsorption; hormonal imbalances and conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS or infertility; heavy metal issues; nutritional toxicity or deficiency.
- Emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and recovery from emotional overload (i.e. verbal abuse, death of someone close to you, severe accident or chronic illness).
Can kinesiology help me boost my sporting performance?
Absolutely! It has some very useful benefits when it comes to sports performance, which include enhancing visualisation skills, improving your ability to deal with nerves before an event, helping to identify the cause of an injury and best method of treatment to use, increasing energy for performance, weight management, working out ideal foods for your genetics and digestion, injury prevention and balancing muscle coordination for optimal performance.