Health CareThere are many natural, alternative and inexpensive health treatments available today, and they often claim to do wonders for the body. A plant can trim the waistline by up to half its size, while herbs may lower blood pressure and sugar levels.

Most of these remedies have been discovered and used centuries ago. A popular health practice in the early 1900s is kinesiology. Kinesiology uses manual muscle testing as a basis to assess health condition and determine certain illnesses. The test is inexpensive, painless and non-invasive, so practitioners and patients alike deem it as a safe practice. Up until this day, kinesiology is still a widely used method for health assessment. The College of National Health says that the practice is taught in over 60 countries all over the world. But, just how reliable is kinesiology?

It was originally used to measure muscle weakness in polio victims in the twentieth century. From this, physiotherapists Kendall and Kendall developed ways that allow muscles to be tested for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. In the coming decades, kinesiology has claimed to be able to test health conditions such as allergies, nutritional needs and thyroid dysfunction. Body pains were said to have been predicted through the softening and hardening of muscles.

While the practice has been around for more than a century now, there is little knowledge about what it can actually do. The validity of kinesiology as a treatment is questioned to this day. A few studies reveal that muscle testing is reliable for assessing neuromusculoskeletal diseases. The treatment has also been found to accurately predict food allergies, simple phobias and lower back pain. Other studies, however, found that kinesiology cannot predict nutritional needs, intolerance and thyroid dysfunction, disproving earlier claims.

Despite its limitations, manual muscle testing is still a popular alternative testing method. Practitioners of the treatment have been increasing, and schools that offer kinesiology courses are sought after. This said, muscles are really able to talk about one’s health. But, like other known testing methods, they can only reveal so much.