This technique was developed by a leading US chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart, during the sixties and seventies. A healthy body is seen as a balanced triad. The three systems contributing to this triad are the physical structure of the body, the biochemical activity of the body and a person’s mental state which are all connected through energy pathways similar to the idea of the Chinese meridians. An imbalance or problem in one system can be detected by an imbalance in one of the other areas. Kinesiology, in particular, uses the structural health of the body to diagnose problems. An illness will cause a disruption in the energy pathways of the muscles – a weak muscle indicates a problem. Therefore by noting how muscles respond to certain stimuli, underlying problems can be detected. When visiting a practitioner you will first be asked about your medical history, lifestyle and diet. Then you will be challenged according to whether a physical, biochemical or mental problem is suspected. In each type of challenge however, the practitioner notes how responsive a muscle is (normally the biceps) when you are being challenged. For example you may be asked to raise your arm when certain food types are placed on your tongue or skin. If you cannot raise your arm during a test then it is suggested you may be allergic to that particular food.
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- Detecting food intolerances and allergies.