The function of kinesiology
Kinesiology is a method of maintaining health by ensuring that all muscles are functioning correctly. It is believed that each muscle is connected with a specific part of the body such as the digestive system, circulation of the blood and specific organs, and if a muscle is not functioning correctly this will cause a problem in its related part of the body.
The word is derived from kinesis, which is Greek for ‘motion’. Kinesiology originated in 1964 and was developed by an American chiropractor named George Goodheart who realized that while he was treating a patient for severe pain in the leg, by massaging a particular muscle in the upper leg, the pain experienced by the patient eased and the muscle was strengthened.
Although he used the same method on different muscles, the results were not the same. Previous research done by an osteopath named Dr Chapman, in the 1900s, indicated that there were certain ‘pressure points; in the body that were connected with particular muscles and, if these were massaged, lymph would be able to flow more freely through the body.
Using these pressure points, Chapman found which point was connected to each particular muscle and realized why, when he had massaged a patient’s upper leg muscle, the pain had lessened. The pressure point for that leg muscle was the only one that was situated above the actual muscle – all the other points were not close to the part of the body with which they were connected.