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A Wholistic Approach Using Applied Kinesiology

Now days we are so specialized that we go to a different doctor for each different ailment.

You have Chiropractors and orthopedic doctors who look at the structure of the spine and how vertebrae impinge on nerves. And there are MDs and naturopaths who work with drugs, diet and herbs to correct problems. Psychologists, Psychiatrists and counselors encourage people to talk about their problems to work through their feelings. Although this is all very valuable, sometimes these three aspects of health cannot be separated that easily.

Applied Kinesiology is another way to determine what is wrong in these three areas by using simple muscle testing. This gives one doctor the tools to address all three aspects of health altogether: structural, chemical and emotional.

First of all I'd like to give you an idea of how these three aspects of health interact.

  1. Let's start with structure, the first aspect. By structure I'm talking about how muscles, bones, and nerves work together. The nerve can be impinged by bones out of place. A muscle can be turned off because the nerve energy isn't getting to it. That nerve could also go to the liver and digestion is impaired, which leads us to how structure can affect a chemical process.
  2. Secondly, the chemistry of the body is about eating habits, allergies, toxic substances and how the chemical processes work in your body. Let's say you are not digesting your fat properly because that nerve to the liver is impaired. Your hormones are dependent on getting enough fat; and what happens when your hormones are imbalanced? You get grouchy, or you may become seriously emotionally distraught. This is an example of a how a chemical imbalance can affect the emotions.
  3. And the third aspect, emotions, such as anger, fear, low self esteem and sadness, can be stuffed inside body parts and cause problems. Have you ever experienced stomach upsets when seriously stressed? That's an example of the chemical aspect being affected by emotions. When you develop droopy posture after the loss of a loved one, or you become afraid and hold your shoulders up by your ears all the time, that can cause muscle cramps and the bones to misalign. This is how the structure can be affected by the emotions.

Interplay of the Components of Health

So what would you think of an an emotional adjustment for jaw pain? My friend, Deleena, had jaw popping and pain. Structurally, her muscles were unbalanced causing the jaw to move crookedly in the joint. This causes the nerves to give garbled messages to organs and muscles all over her body, which could result in problems such as constipation (chemical). Emotional upsets that cause clenching and grinding of her teeth could have started the whole thing. When emotions are stored in body parts like this, I would give you a special adjustment that breaks the connection.

What about a diet for anxiety and depression? Lets talk about how emotional symptoms may not always have an emotional cause. White sugar causes your blood sugar to spike and then bottom out (chemical). Because your brain needs glucose to function, the blood sugar bouncing around causes emotional episodes. This is similar to the mood swings diabetics have or the PMS we are so familiar with. In a case like this, I would use muscle tests to check vitamins, minerals and herbs you may need. I might also recommend a specific food plan.

Remember we talked about the stress that causes your stomach to be upset. The doctor can give you something for your stomach. But if the stress is not fixed it won't help that much. After I check all factors, I may find a hiatl hernia developing, like when you have reflux. This is easily corrected by a special adjustment. I may do an emotional adjustment to release the stuffed feelings. I may look at your lifestyle and make changes, like adding exercise. I may look at your diet and ask you to make changes, like eliminating white sugar. And always the spine will be examined to determine what the nerve to the stomach is doing.

As you can see, it can be very complicated detective work to find the underlying cause of any problem. It is not always a matter of giving you an anti acid for your stomach, or a muscle relaxer for the tight muscles in your neck or an anti depressant for your mood swings: REMEDIES THAT MAY NOT NECESSARILY ADDRESS THE CAUSE. This is why it is so important to think about including the skills of the Applied Kinesiologist in the scheme of your health care in order to look at the whole picture, structural, chemical and emotional.

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