Alternative forms to the traditional treatment of mental illnesses, such as depression is beginning to increase in popularity and in their appeal. This is due to the growing skepticism concerning the prescription medications used in the treatment of mental illnesses concerning their effectiveness and numerous side effects. One alternative treatment which seems to be incrementally gaining in popularity and is being used by many to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness and depression is that of Kinesiology. It is purported that this method of treatment holds great benefits and helps those struggling with depression to overcome it. Never heard of it? Well many have and have enlisted the help of a Kinesiology practitioner in an effort to overcome depression.
Kinesiology Practitioner What Do They Do?
So exactly what is Kinesiology and how does it work? Kinesiology is a natural heath care modality that employs the use of gentle muscle response monitoring or testing to assess body functions and energy. It’s a bio-feedback system that seeks to get information about the individuals wellbeing (or lack of it). It is a system to empower you by ascertaining what the body needs to heal itself, through identifying imbalances in the body be they structural, chemical, emotional or energetic.
Basically, the muscles in your body are a part of a large neurological network and as such possess vital information. The Kinesiology practitioner attempts to harness this information by monitoring “indicator muscles” which gives them the information they need via nerve pathways and the body’s/brain’s meridian system, which they call the ‘natural feedback system’.
For instance, when your physician is checking your reflexes they will do a knee jerk test by tapping on your knee. The speed and the height to which your knee goes, signals whether or not you have good reflexes. Well that is the concept that the kinesiology practitioner utilizes except they do it with muscles response testing. How your muscles respond to the gentle pressure from muscle response testing will reveal the problem areas and the possible cause for your affliction through a feedback system.
How Do They Help You To Overcome Depression
A Kinesiology Therapist is able to help patients overcome depression, because their work focuses on the alleviation of stress and expelling it from the body. Remember depression is a manifestation of stress and so they utilize various techniques to rid stress from the body, by identifying possible triggers, emotional feelings and physical areas. This in turn gives them the information that is needed to begin assisting the individual to overcome depression by pin pointing that traumatic moment in life and resolving the emotional issues that arose from it. Thus, the focus is not merely on the body but the body is used to garner the information that the client needs to understand the issues that they are facing.
The Kinesiology practitioner normally employ a combination of techniques, which focuses on the physical, psychological, nutritional and spiritual healing of the individual. As such, they may use any number of techniques in their repertoire to aid a patient in overcoming depression. A Kinesiology practitioner will seek to empower an individual to overcome their depression by:
- Teaching them stress management techniques
- Encouraging them to set positive long term goals (as depressed individuals tend to have suicidal thoughts, it is necessary for them to re-focus)
- Help to build their self- esteem and confidence
- Show them healthy ways to increase their energy levels
- Ways in which to maintain their physical wellness
- Ways by which they can start to regularize their sleep patterns
- Releasing the locked in pain syndrome so as to reduce stress levels
Practicing kinesiology has its benefits to the patient battling depression, as it lessens the dependence on taking medications that are rigged with chemicals. While anti-depressants provide a patient with instant release, it does not teach them the skills that they need to cope with life experiences that will no doubt be stressful. The fact is both traditional treatments are indispensable, they are there whenever you need them. However, if there is a natural way it certainly does not hurt to try and from the accolades that this mode of treatment has been receiving it may be worth it. If you find that it is not the answer that you have been seeking, you can revert back to your traditional drug treatments or speak to your health care provider about other options that may be more suitable to your taste.