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Kinesiology &
Allergy Testing

What is Kinesioloy?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement, in particular the study of muscle movement and in specifics the study of Autonomic Muscle Response.

What is the Autonomic Muscle Response (AMR)?
The AMR is a reflex (automatic) action of the muscles in response to various kinds of stimuli both physical and mental via impulses through the sympathetic nervous system. In practice it is a measure of muscle stress in that a muscle subject to AMR stimuli either tensions under stress and relaxes in its absence. It is this tension and relaxation phenomenon that is utilised in Kinesiology allergy testing.

Perhaps one of the most well known examples of the Autonomic response is in the use of the Polygraph (lie detector). This is a machine that records multiple ("poly") signals from 4 sensors (breathing rate, pulse, blood pressure and perspiration) all of which are recorded on a single strip of moving paper ("graph"). In this case a person taking a polygraph has 4 sensors attached to them which records simultaneously each of the measured four signals of the autonomic nervous system

Polygraph test
Subject taking a Polygraph test

How does Kinesiology allergy testing work?
The test works in a similar principal to the Polygraph except that there are no sensors and the Autonomic response is measure by muscle tension.
When a patient is asked the question Are you allergic to this allergen? there is an AMR. The patient does nothing consciously to trigger the response. The sympathetic nervous response is autonomically (automatically) transmitted to the muscle. A negative response to the question causes the muscle to remain firm or strong when an exterior pressure is applied to the muscle by the physician whilst conversely a positive answer Yes will elicit a relaxation or weakening in the muscle following the application of external pressure.

Can you Describe the Procedure?
The actual test is performed with the patient in the standing/ erect position with one arm extended whilst the other holds the food item (allergen) for testing over their navel.  The physician then asks the question Are you allergic to this allergen and applies a gentle downward pressure to the wrist of the extended arm. If the muscle tests strong and remains unresponsive to the applied pressure (ie it remains rigidly held in the extended position) the patient is considered not allergic to the allergen. If on the contrary the muscle relaxes and shows response by weakening under the pressure (ie bending downward) the patient is considered allergic to the patient

Using Kinesiology for Allergy testing
Using Kinesiology for Allergy testing.


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Kinesiology & Allergy Testing
by Surrogate

Surrogate Allergy Testing
Surrogate testing is an excellent way to test infants, those too young/old to understand the testing procedures as well as people suffering paralysis or those immobilised by injury, casts or recent surgery.

The surrogate may be anyone male or female old enough to be able to nderstand the modalitys methodology. It is advantageous not to have someone who is too intimately involved with the patient as surrogate (eg the mother in the case of a child pateint or the wife in the case of a husband patient) as in such instances they may unconsciously influence the results. In most saituations the father is prefered as surrogate to the mother/ wife. An adult stranger or friend is equally acceptable.

Procedure for Surrogate Testing
The surrogate procedure differs from that described above which is ideal for individuals old enough to understand kinesiology principles and sufficiently able bodied to hold an arm out. In the surrogate method the surrogate needs to be firmly but comfortably holding the patient in some way. For example in the case of testing young children the surrogate needs to be seated with the child on the lap or alternately seated separately with the hand of the patient being held by the surrogate Muscle testing is then done on the surrogate in the usual way. However as the surrogate has both hands engaged (one holding the patient and the other being muscle tested) they are unable to hold the allergen over the navel of the patient. In this case the duty falls for the conducting physician  who then holds the allergen in place over the navel of the patient with one hand and with the other applies the muscle testing pressure on the surrogates extended arm 


Surrogate testing

Surrogate Testing
Here the mother prepares to aergy testing of the infant in a standing position. She is supporting the child in a sling and will present her right arm for muscle testing. In this instance each allergen is slipped under the child's clothes and positioned over the navel.


Dr. Peter Darashah

Ph.D.,M.Sc (Lond), B.Sc., DIHom (Pract),FBIH, MARH

Nutrition Consultant & Homeopathic Physician

(087) 2621943
Consultations held 6 days a week by appointment at:
Dervish Holistic Cebtre, 50 Cornmarket Str., Cork.

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Using Kinesiology for Allergy testing
A Kinesiology test for Allergies




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