Life is in a constant state of flux and with so many external factors constantly out of our control, stress is at times, inevitable.
What’s important is not just to accept your external factors, but to figure out a way to respond to your perceived stressors and threats so that your mind and body do not trigger an unhealthy response. Kinesiology is a form of therapy which aims to do just this.
If you are finding it difficult to manage your emotional stress levels, kinesiology may help. Kinesiology involves holistic caring for your body, mind and spirit and aims to restore your body’s mental and physical health.
Keep reading to find out what exactly kinesiology is, how it may help with stress management and where you can find kinesiologists to work with.
What is kinesiology?
Kinesiology is a form of therapy which involves muscle testing to identify imbalances which may be the cause of diseases within the body. Through the study of muscle movement, kinesiology aims to detect and correct imbalances which may also relate to stress, nutrition or minor injuries.
According to the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel, therapists may practise kinesiology to examine ‘unresolved stress reactions’ in an individual and apply related techniques to help the body heal naturally.
Kinesiology may involve the application of health care techniques such as:
- Natural remedies such as homeopathics and flower essences
- Lymphatic massages
- Hypertonic muscle release
- Sound therapy
- Colour therapy
- Emotion release techniques
- Nutritional changes
- Attention to reflex, trigger and body points.
How can kinesiology help with stress management?
Through muscle monitoring techniques, kinesiology may help health practitioners investigate a person’s wellbeing and their levels of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. This in turn may also help with managing a person’s mental response to exterior factors such as perceived threats or stress.
Kinesiology operates under the assumption that human brains are wired to quickly and efficiently detect and respond to threats. However, it also details that some threats may be perceived unrealistically or in a distorted manner – hence causing unnecessary stress on a person’s physical and emotional well being.
In such cases, kinesiology may help by identifying and reducing threat perceptions so that individuals can feel more in control of how they feel and respond to such threats.
Where can you find kinesiology services?
Kinesiology is practised by kinesiologists. A kinesiologist usually holds a Diploma of Kinesiology or a related tertiary qualification in mind-body medicine. You can find kinesiologists practising at holistic and integrated health care clinics, such as TherapyWorks.
If you are looking for a kinesiologist, it may be helpful to search for healthcare professionals on the Australian Traditional Medicine Society’s online directory named ‘Find a Practitioner’. Through this directory, you can search for kinesiologists based on their location, as well as find registered members of the organisation. A similar directory is available on the Australian Kinesiology Association’s website for public access.
Another effective way to find kinesiology services is through the referral of a trusted family member or friend. The individuals closest to you understand you and your preferences best, and may be able to recommend you a suitable kinesiologist. Alternatively, you can also use search terms such as ‘kinesiologist near me’ on search engines such as Google and Bing to locate kinesiology services in your local area.
Kinesiology and managing stress in the workplace
According to Health Direct Australia, work-related stress is a phenomenon which affects everybody. In fact, work-related stress can affect many aspects of an individual’s life, such as family life, their relationships outside of work, as well as their work-life balance.
Due to work-related stress, it is estimated that Australian businesses lose more than $10 billion a year in productivity and sick days. In addition, one in five Australian employees report that they have taken time off of work due to ‘feeling mentally unwell (stressed, anxious, depressed)’ in 2014, as found by a research report by Heads Up Organisation.
However, as damaging as work-related stress may be to one’s personal life as well as the business environment, not many individuals are aware of how they can manage their stress in the workplace.
Health Direct Australia recommends a few strategies to relieve work-related stress, including:
- Limiting the amount of stressful activities taken on at once
- Speaking to a trusted individual about your personal and/or professional life
- Experimenting with different relaxation techniques, such as practising meditation or mindfulness
- Acknowledging that your stress may be work-induced and making some space or taking some time off of work
- Taking regular holidays so that you can relax and make time for things you enjoy (such as spending time with your family or participating in a sport)
- Speaking with your employer to identify the source of your stress and developing strategies to resolve the problem
- Contacting professional organisations such as Black Dog Institute, SANE Australia or Heads Up for advice on managing stress in the workplace
- Asking your doctor or a health practitioner for help or tips.
Speaking with health professionals who practice natural therapies such as kinesiology may also assist in relieving your work-related stress. By identifying the external factors responsible for your mind’s perceived threats, and applying various health care techniques, kinesiology may be able to reduce the impact work-related stress may have on both your personal and professional life.
This is so that you have greater control over your emotional wellbeing and can more readily manage stress in the workplace.
Kinesiology and stress management
Kinesiology is a form of therapy that may help with stress management. It uses a holistic healthcare approach to correct imbalances within the body, as well as help the mind respond to potential threats and external stressors as part of the natural healing process.
Kinesiology involves many techniques and its services can be found through online health organisation directories.
Dr. Natalie Dalton (TCM) is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and the Owner and Founder at TherapyWorks. She has been practicing Integrative Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine for 30+ years. She is a clinically minded Chinese Medicine practitioner, dedicated to ensuring that you receive effective treatment that specifically addresses your unique needs and issues.