Kinesiology Glossary of Terms

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Formatting uses a combination of acupoints and finger modes. Formatting draws on the Chinese tradition of Acupressure and the meridian system and on the Indian tradition of Finger Modes. Formatting allows the Kinesiologist to use a combination of finger modes and acupoints. The concept was first developed by Richard Utt from Applied Physiology
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Finger Mode
Finger Modes are derived from the mudras, mudra are hand postures that mimic the effect of yogic postures. Finger modes are held while muscle monitoring.
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Muscle Monitoring
Also called muscle testing, was development by Dr Goodheart's who contributed to the application of muscle testing, as incorporated in the work of Applied Kinesiology.

Muscle monitoring can be described as an information gathering technique that allows a direct link between the kinesiologist and the patient, providing specific access to the subconscious levels of the mind. Muscle monitoring technique is not a test of strength, but evaluates the tension in the muscle and the smoothness of the response and the kinesiologist is able to highlight stresses or imbalances in the muscle being monitored.

A Kinesiologist starts a balance by first finding an indicator muscle, usually the Deltoid muscle in one of the shoulders and arm. The arm is placed in a comfortably position, in either a state of extension or contraction. Gentle pressure is then applied to this arm by the Kinesiology Practitioner and the muscle in the arm responds in one of two ways in what is termed a “lock” (muscles remains strong) or an “unlock” (muscle weakens).

The indicator muscle, will show strength a ‘lock’ when the arm is pushed down just enough to feel the spring in the arm and then will show weakness (unlock) when Kinesiology techniques is applied then after further Kinesiology techniques is applied the muscle returns to strength “lock”. This muscle is then able to be used as an indicator muscle.

It is important that the indicator muscle be stress free. The indicator muscle is a form of communication using the body’s own biofeedback system. Muscle monitoring is therefore a natural feedback system using an indicator muscle which supplies information via nerve pathways and the meridian system of the brain and body.

The precision and accuracy of muscle monitoring used by the Kinesiology Practitioner ensures no guess work. The Kinesiologist is looking for stress in the mind or body. A weak muscle is an indicator that there is stress. Finding a ‘weak’ muscle enables the trained Kinesiology Practitioner to pinpoint stress in the body’s energy system. For example, a weak muscle in the groin might indicate adrenal stress.
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A balance is the word used for a consultation. It is called a ‘balance’ because the Kinesiologist brings the body energy systems the physical mind and body into balance.
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Clearing denotes a Kinesiology therapy that reduces an identified stressor to improve emotional and physical wellbeing so as to help restore proper function to a specific body system.
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Tunning Folks
The vibrations of the tunning forks cause sympathetic vibrations in the body’s tissues and energetic structures, allowing the balance to take place. The concept was developed by Richard Utt from Applied Physiology.
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Neurolymphatic Reflexes
The Neurolymphatic reflex (NL) where first found by Dr Frank Chapman D.O., who found rubbing specific points in the body, lymph drainage of the organ was improved, leading to normalised function. There are points on the surface of the body that when stimulated with a firm pressure produces change in the lymphatic drainage of an organ. Dr George Goodheart, D.C., was able to coordinate various lymphatic points with various muscles, as well as the specific organs. This early research was added to Applied Kinesiology.
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Neurovascular Reflexes
The Neurovascular Reflex (NV) where first found in the 1930s by Dr Terence Bennett, D.C., who found that by holding and pulsing specific points on the body, blood flow to specific organs or glands improved. Arterial pulses are the remnant of a neurological feedback system on the surface of the body before birth. The circulation of the foetus is controlled by expansion of the blood vessels and neurological feedback mechanisms on the surface of the body that stretch and relate the information to the central nervous system concerning the supply of blood needed in an area. By the third month this system becomes secondary in function to the heart, which has now completed its development in respect to circulatory control.
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Dr George Goodheart D.C., was able to correlated this information to muscle monitoring and organ function. This early research was added to Applied Kinesiology.
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Acupressure Meridians Reflexes
The Acupressure Meridian Reflexes are points that have a connection and provide the master control for the acupressure system. Dr George Goodheart D.C., found he could correlate the Meridian System and Muscle Monitoring to the organs of the body. This early research was added to Applied Kinesiology.
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Cerebral Spinal Fluid
The Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) encases the central and peripheral nervous system and provides a buffering mechanism, hormonal transport, nutritional transport and protein resource for the nervous system. Interruption in the pressure changes of this system can impede full neuronal activity and produce subluxations at various vertebral and cranial levels. The information regarding changes to the cerebral spinal fluid flow has been correlated and researched to enable a concise diagnostic and therapy application using Muscle Monitoring
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Fascia refers to a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia is classified by layer, as superficial fascia, deep fascia, and visceral or parietal fascia, or by their function and anatomical location.

Reference 2004 Pearson Education publishing Benjamin Cummings

Like ligaments and tendons, fascia is made up of fibrous connective tissue containing closely packed bundles of collagen fibres oriented in a wavy pattern parallel to the direction of pull. Fascia is consequently flexible and able to resist great unidirectional tension forces until the wavy pattern of fibres has been straightened out by the pulling force. These collagen fibres are produced by fibroblasts located within the fascia.
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In 1906, Charles Scott Sherrington (1857, 1952) published a landmark work that introduced the terms "proprioception", "interoception", and "exteroception" that shaped the science world of our understanding of the central nervous system. The "exteroceptors" are the organs that provide information originating outside the body, such as the eyes, ears, mouth, and skin. The interoceptors provide information about the internal organs, and the "proprioceptors" is the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from nerve stimuli within the body itself, as well as by the semicircular canals of the inner ear.

Proprioceptors are specialised sensory receptors on nerve endings found in muscles, tendons, joints and from the vestibular system that respond to stimuli produced within the body. These receptors relay information to the brain for integration of overall perception of movement, acceleration and spatial orientation.
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Neural Emotional Pathways
Neural Emotional Pathways (NEPS) is the work of Hugo Tobar. Hugo has been researching and teaching neurology in Australia and internationally for many years. His pioneering methods have advanced clinical applications for kinesiology to work in the areas of memory, learning, behaviour and emotions that allow precise formatting for neural structure and function.
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Dr George Goodheart
He observed that one of his patients had a shoulder blade that winged out grossly on one side but not the other. He knew that a specific muscle, the anterior serratus, is responsible for pulling the shoulder blade up against the rib cage. Upon muscle monitoring, he found that it was weak compared to the same muscle on the other side. He felt the muscle to see if it was smaller (atrophy) than the other side or if it was twitching. Instead of atrophy, he found that it was slightly swollen and had small tender nodules along its attachment at the bone.

As Goodheart examined the nodules with his fingers, he noticed that the more pressure he applied, the smaller the nodules became. So he pushed on the nodules until they were all gone. He re-tested the serratus anterior and found that it was now much stronger. Also, to his patient’s delight, the shoulder blade was now pulled up tight on his rib cage like it should be, equal with the other side. The novelty of what Goodheart observed was that this patient did not need to exercise the weak muscle in order for it to regain its strength. Dr. Goodheart soon discovered that when he or his patient touched the area of the body causing the weakness, the muscle would immediately get stronger, and then immediately re-weaken after letting go of the problem area. This way he learned to quickly find the underlying cause of a weakness and promptly correct it.
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