Kinesiology as used in the complementary health or natural medicine field, and is defined primarily as the use of muscle testing to identify imbalances in the body's structural, chemical, emotional or other energy, to establish the body's priority healing needs. Through kinesiology a practitioner can evaluate energy changes brought about by a broad spectrum of both manual and non-manual therapeutic procedures.
A fundamental premise of Kinesiology is that the body has innate healing energy and is at all times doing its best to care for itself to achieve homostatis, but that sometimes it needs to be helped into a better position to achieve this care. Kinesiology recognises that there are flows of energy within the body that relate not only to the muscles but rather to every tissue and organ in the body. These energy flows can be evaluated by testing the function of the muscles, which in turn reflect the body's overall state of structural chemical, or emotional balance.