Understanding Kinesiology: One of Ireland’s growing complementary therapies

Kinesiology is the “science of muscle testing” and uses muscle tests to diagnose symptoms and recommend homeopathic remedies or lifestyle changes that may help clients. 

Maria Doyle is a Kinesiologist based in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.

Maria Doyle of ‘Farria Kinesiology’ and ‘Bagenalstown Pharmacy’ have teamed up to offer customers alternative options alongside traditional medicine.

According to Maria, Kinesiology is a complementary therapy which can work alongside traditional medicine but may be used in suitable cases and in agreement with medical professionals as an alternative treatment.

Clients like 17-year-old Eva McEvoy have seen great success since attending her fortnightly clinic in 'Bagenalstown Pharmacy'.

“I went from eight medications, maybe about four or five times a day, to nothing,” said Eva.

Eva suffered from stomach problems for around four years which doctors diagnosed as IBS, although they were unsure of the source of the issue.

As the symptoms continued, Eva said she ended up on several different medications that all caused side effects that seemed to worsen the problem. She said she was unable to attend school for months due to her health issues until she met Maria.

Maria, a former nurse, advised Eva to take homeopathic digestive enzymes as well as changes to her diet. Eva gradually came off all of her medication and she said that she feels a significant improvement in her overall health.

“I’m so glad. I just feel so much better in myself, I have so much more energy,” said Eva.

This ‘new age’ medicine is being embraced in this small pharmacy who are “interested in finding alternative options” for customers who may find themselves “on a cocktail of medication” or sensitive to regular medication.

Laura Phelan, supervising pharmacist in ‘Bagenalstown Pharmacy’ said: “It’s very often you’d find in pharmacies there are people who are on a lot of medication, who are elderly or just very sensitive to drugs and normal allopathic medicine, the stuff you’d see every day in a pharmacy, doesn’t suit them.”

“They work in tandem, you can’t just use homeopathy. Often, you may need traditional medicine and vice versa but it’s nice to have a bit of teamwork going on,” she added.

While some medical professionals remain sceptical about complementary or alternative treatments due to the lack of scientific evidence, some hospitals in the US are beginning to adopt these treatments alongside traditional care.

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey in the United States, approximately 38% of adults and approximately 12% of children use complementary or alternative medicine.

“I think in combination with seeing a regular practitioner and taking regular medication, it’s perfectly worth giving it a go and some people find it excellent,” said Laura.

You can contact Farria Kinesiology on the Facebook page.

Make sure to contact your GP if you are thinking of using any complementary therapy. Complementary therapies should not be used as an alternative without speaking to your doctor.

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