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Kinesiology: The Fascinating Study of Muscle Testing and Body Function

By Angela Sciberras
from The Kineziologist

Have you ever heard of the technique that can help discover possible underlying causes of health problems and imbalances in the body by testing the strength of your muscles? That is Kinesiology.

Kinesiology, also known as muscle testing, is a technique that uses the body’s muscle response to determine what is going on internally. It is based on the idea that the body has a subtle energy system that connects every part of it, and that this energy system can be influenced by imbalances or blockages in the body. By using manual muscle testing, a practitioner can assess the body’s energy flow and determine what may be connected to the cause of a particular issue.

One of the unique aspects of kinesiology is its interdisciplinary approach. It integrates principles from anatomy and physiology, chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutrition, spirituality, to name a few. This means that kinesiology can help to discover and treat a wide range of underlying causes of conditions, from structural problems to emotional and mental issues.

The muscle testing process is simple and straightforward. The practitioner will apply a light pressure to a muscle, usually in the arm, while the patient tries to resist. If the muscle is weak, it indicates that there is an imbalance or blockage in the body, which can then be addressed. For example, a weak muscle response in the arm might indicate a problem with the digestive system or an emotional blockage.

Kinesiology also involves evaluating the body’s response to various stimuli, such as foods, supplements, or pressure points. This helps the practitioner determine what may be contributing to the patient’s health problems. For example, if a patient has a weak muscle response to a particular food, it could indicate that they have an intolerance to it.

Another important aspect of kinesiology is its emphasis on holistic healing. Rather than simply treating symptoms, practitioners take a whole-body approach, considering both physical and emotional factors. This means that they look at the body as a whole, rather than just treating one specific area, which can lead to more effective and lasting results.

One of the benefits of kinesiology is that it can be used to treat the underlying causes of a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Structural imbalances and pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches
  • Digestive problems, such as acid reflux, constipation, and food intolerances
  • Hormonal imbalances, such as thyroid problems and adrenal fatigue
  • Emotional and mental issues, such as stress and anxiety
  • Allergies and sensitivities
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia

It is also important to note that applied kinesiology is a safe and non-invasive technique. There are no harmful side effects or risks associated with muscle testing. It is however important to note that the kinesiologist does not treat the symptom or disease itself, they seek to discover the underlying conflicts, and unresolved issues, trauma, injuries, or blockages within a person’s body, that may link to the physical, mental or emotional problem they have.

Kinesiology has been practiced for over 50 years and has a growing body of research supporting its efficacy. While it is not yet widely recognized by mainstream medicine, many practitioners and patients have seen significant improvement in their health and well-being through its use.

In conclusion, kinesiology is a fascinating and powerful technique that can help identify and address imbalances and blockages in the body. By using muscle testing and considering the body as a whole, practitioners can help patients achieve better health and well-being. If you are interested in learning more about this technique, it may be worth making an appointment with a practitioner to see if it can benefit you.

Author: Angela Sciberras


  • Goldman, R. (2015). Muscle Testing and Function, 5th Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippinc

More about the author

Angela Sciberras
Angela Sciberras
– The Kineziologist

“After nearly 20 years, and in excess of 10,000++ hours of Kinesiology and Neuro Training client sessions I have become an expert in the ability to gather, see and understand the pieces to the subconscious puzzle that is how people do their life.  

Seeing the patterns and perceptions as to why may be sabotaging yourself and your most abundant life, and inside this discovery guiding people to cause immediate and life altering miracles within the areas of life they most struggle with, and may never have recovered from.”

Author of “Death the Door Music the Key. A Girl, A Harp at the Bedside of the Dying,” and respected pioneer of the cutting-edge work of Therapeutic Music and Sacred Ceremonial Harp work in Australia, Angela has mastered the art of creating sacred space.

Clinical Therapeutic Harpist specializing in Palliative Care, Neuro Linguistic Kinesiologist, Diploma of Neuro Training Kinesiology, Advanced Training Resolve Beyond Neurology Kinesiology, Diploma of Biochemical Facial Analysis, Certificate in Iridology. Angela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and fourth year honors specializing in Ethnomusicology at Western Sydney University. Head Lecturer and course creator of Ethnomusicology for the Excelsior University Sydney, delivering profound results for over 5 years.

Alchemist of the body, mind, spirit axis, connector to the ancestors and lineages, Angela shares and connects you to the gift of endless synchronicity, hope, awe and magic that provides a powerful experience of mystical proportions.