Is your dog scratching and biting at his fur? If so, we might check them for fleas, ticks, bites, or dry skin, but what if don’t find any? The next logical thought would lead to an allergic reaction.
Why do dogs have allergies?
Like us, dogs can have sensitives to their environment or ‘most often’ by certain ingredients from the food they eat. For example, your dog might be allergic to chicken, wheat, or corn (all three very popular ingredients in today’s processed dog foods). In order to determine if your dog has food allergies one might begin with an elimination diet paired with Kinesiology also known as muscle testing to help determine the cause.
What is Kinesiology for Dogs?
Muscle testing for animals and people is also called kinesiology, which is the science and art of movement in the body. It blends a holistic mix of traditional Chinese medicine along with western treatments, Kinesiology uses muscle monitoring to communicate directly with the body and assess a response to any stimulus such as food or environmental factors. This can be very useful when trying to determine what is causing your dog discomfort.
The body has within it and surrounding it an electrical network/grid. If anything impacts the electrical system negatively or positively the muscles will or will not be able to hold their strength. We can test this when physical pressure is applied. Muscle power is directly linked to the balance of the electrical grid within your dog’s body.
How Does Kinesiology for Dogs Work?
Drawing on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine kinesiology evaluates body function through the muscle-meridian relationship and establishes connections between an item and the response of the muscles. This electrical-muscular relationship is natural; it is not mystical or magical. Muscle testing gives us a method for reading the body’s balance at any given moment, and anyone can learn how to do it.
Your fingers create a conjugate when touching your dog and holding the item to your dog. To test, make an “O” by touching your thumb and ring finger together, do the same with the other hand. Insert one “O” into the other and seeing if one can easily break through the ring with a finger of the other hand.
Once you have tested your strength you can now test your dog and add items to see if they positively or negatively affect your dog’s energetic grid. The trick is that you, the dog, and the idem all must be touching in to create a circuit.
You can do this yourself or you can use surrogate. A surrogate is having a person stand in for the subject being tested. Simply put your hand on top of the surrogate’s body. The surrogate keeps one hand on the animal and their arm outstretched to the side at shoulder height. The tester asks for resistance while he pushes down on the arm. Then a supplement or other substance to be tested is placed against the animal while the tester retests the strength in the surrogate’s resisting arm. If the resistance is stronger with the substance, it is considered a positive response and the substance is considered helpful. If the resistance is weaker, the substance is considered not helpful.
Kinesiology and Western Medicine
In a western medical sense, Kinesiology involves muscle testing in order to diagnose neurological responses. To most educated physicians, this is as clear as day! Your dog is going to respond to painful stimuli, telling a trained observer where the discomfort is located. It isn’t until the location and cause of the pain is discovered that it can be treated.
Remember the overall concept behind kinesiology, what enhances our body, mind and spirit makes us strong. Together, our body, mind and spirit create an environment that, when balanced, is strong and solid. If something enters that environment and challenges the balance, the environment is weakened. That strength or weakness first registers in the electrical system, and it can be discerned through the muscle-testing technique: kinesiology.