Applied kinesiology?

By daydreamer630 Latest Reply 2012-01-23 02:55:18 -0600
Started 2012-01-20 16:56:11 -0600

Has anyone heard of this? I went to a health food store and talk to the owner (We've become friends between my many visits) and she recommended trying this test. She handed me a bottled supplement and had me grasp it in one hand while extending the other arm. She then pressed my arm down while I tried to resist the force. The idea is that whatever vitamin you're holding when your arm resists is the supplement you need or are deficient in.

The funny thing is that most of the supplements I held when this happened I actually had a deficiency in.

Now of course I'm skeptical but I wanted to know if any of you had an opinion on the matter. What do you think?

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digitaldoorbell 2012-01-21 00:10:20 -0600 Report

You ask a very interesting question. I have to confess, I can't take things like this seriously BUT, I do lots of things that I think I think I get help from. For example, I have done yoga, I went to a foot massage as part of Eastern Medicine and I am playing with self hypnosis. I do get help for a while from each of these. I take no meds for diabetes and control BG with exercise and diet but I do have to take meds for neuropathy. Unfortunately, nothing helped with that and Western Medicine when I could no longer endure the pain.

I love your post and your picture though. If you're comfortable to try these things, follow your instincts.

All the best

GabbyPA 2012-01-20 21:02:18 -0600 Report

I have not had that done with supplements, but I have had it done with crystals. It is kind of amazing. I was in a class and the teacher told us to choose a stone from a tray of many different kinds. She would do the extended arm test before and then after the stones we chose. If we chose the stone that was "meant" for us, it was stronger....I am skeptical as well, but it was neat at the moment. I later lost my stone and my other friend told me that my need for that crystal was done. Who knows...I believe there are some great powers out there that we do not tap into.

Nick1962 2012-01-20 19:35:46 -0600 Report

I sure hope your "friend" was toying with you and hasn't let you in on the method yet.
See this for the actual way to do it
My chiropractor showed me this as a party trick. Often times chiropractors got blamed for using this to sell supplements. Kinesiology is real however, and those that practice it are quite annoyed by this.

helena arguelles
helena arguelles 2012-01-21 06:52:38 -0600 Report

Oh dear. As a Kinesiologist myself I'm quite disturbed that you think that this video shows Kinesiology. In fact it's just a party trick. For one thing a Kinesiologist wouldn't test at all in any of these ways as we only use one isolated muscle at a time, precisely so this type of trick can't occur. In answer to the original question about being tested in the shop it's not at all what a qualified kinesiologist would do, it's not nearly as straight forward as simply pressing down on an arm and there are many other questions to consider. Kinesiologists work with a variety of issues and not just regarding supplements either. You can find out more from It is indeed a very serious holistic therapy so take a look. Hope this information helps. Good luck!

Nick1962 2012-01-21 08:06:01 -0600 Report

Oh no Helena, maybe I'm misunderstood. I do not at all think that video shows kinesiology. I used it to debunk what she was describing as "applied kinesiology". They do explain the "party trick" about 6 minutes in. My chiropractor is a kinesiologist as well and I understand the methods. My last sentence in fact was meant to imply that kinesiologists as yourself are quite annoyed that there are people out there using this party trick and calling it kinesiology. It gives you a bad reputation. Sorry for any confusion.

GabbyPA 2012-01-21 14:11:01 -0600 Report

Just like trying to explain is misunderstood and misrepresented by those who don't get it or who want a quick buck. It is sad. I have a friend who does Reiki and I did a little in a pinch with my husband and I was totally amazed. She talked me though it and there was a pop that nearly shocked me. I am not trained in Reiki, but I do believe those who are can do amazing things.

Nick1962 2012-01-21 15:28:22 -0600 Report

Never tried Reiki. My chiropractor is pretty rough on me though. I think she practices extreme Reiki.

GabbyPA 2012-01-22 10:29:43 -0600 Report

It actually has not physical contact. It is a hover motion that connects to your chakras. When I passed over my husbands area of concern I experienced a pop that really surprised me. I so want to go to a holistic doctor. I just cannot afford it.

Caroltoo 2012-01-21 14:40:43 -0600 Report

I have used mind/body therapies for myself for 10 years now. I don't understand it all, but I know it works for me. I've also studied with an asian healer here in Hawaii who works with energy healing.

There is much in this world that is beyond empirical definition, at least as we now know it. I come from a very empirically based study of physical science and pure mathematics where eveything had to stand up to scientific proof standards. My personal experience with phenomenon that work for me (not the other guy) created a desire for me to explore further. Try it for yourself; see what works for YOU.

There are undoubted those who misuse all knowledge bases, but you want truth for you, so explore what can give you that connection.

Nick1962 2012-01-21 15:24:21 -0600 Report

Oh absolutely. I’ve never been a fan of crystals and healing pyramids and all that, but I do believe there are forces out there beyond our comprehension. The fact that the electrical impulses that continue to force our brain to function without external recharge amazes me. Anything, real or imagined that changes our behavior or frame of mind is a force. This is why I continue to hold the mantra “think healthy, be healthy”.
My first shot at college I majored in psych with a minor in music. Music therapy was my field of choice (my how life turns out differently when you’re not looking). A well picked song or even just a lyric can have sometimes the tiniest or most profound effect. I manipulate myself (and sometimes others) with music. I do draw the line at those that claim they can see into our bodies though.

Caroltoo 2012-01-22 12:41:22 -0600 Report

I agree. I've never "gotten" the idea of crystals either. They kind of snuck by in a New Age movement that I never tapped into either except to enjoy some of the music. Music does have a profound effect, as does the tone and cadence of speech and various body language techniques.

Young1s 2012-01-20 18:55:08 -0600 Report

Can't say I'm buying that as a viable test for vitamin deficiency. She might have been serious but I think maybe she was just having some fun with you. Either way, no harm done, so long as you weren't talked into purchasing something you hadn't planned on.