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Chirokinetic Therapy

by Maria Aristidou(more info)

listed in allergy testing, originally published in issue 142 - December 2007

Tapping into the Body’s Energy

There are times when a therapy works so well, but yet it is difficult to understand why – almost like magic. Chirokinetic Therapy (CKT) is one of those therapies. Its results are impressive, yet its concept is difficult to grasp.

In today’s environment the human immune system is under attack from mental, physical, environmental and emotional stress. It is no wonder it fights back and brings on a range of nagging ailments including allergies to foods, pollen, house dust mites, perfumes, household cleaners, water and so on.

The human body is specifically designed and possesses a strong will to remain healthy. No matter how badly you treat your body, it will always try to repair, regenerate and defend against infection, to maintain homoeostasis. This being the case, why are so many people increasingly experiencing the symptoms of chronic disease?

While most people have some allergies, some are not even aware of them. Others find the pollen season a nightmare, and at worst allergic reactions can be potentially life-threatening.

What usually happens when people discover what they are allergic to is that they avoid it. What makes Chirokinetics so different is that with this technique people don’t have to give up what they are allergic to. The small amount of manipulation given changes the body’s response, and enables it to tolerate foods, chemicals and other allergens. CKT works on the principle that allergic reactions, migraines, constipation, eczema, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc, are symptoms of a prime cause. Once this has been corrected, the manifestations disappear.

CKT identifies allergies and problem areas in the body via muscle testing techniques. Patients are asked to lie still with their right arm against the body. The therapist tries to pull the arm away from the patient’s side and the patient is asked to try to resist the pull.  At the same time they are asked to touch specific parts of their own bodies with the other hand, or hold small bottles of substances which they might be allergic to, such as wheat, milk, fruit, etc.

The therapist can tell where the weaknesses lie, based on whether or not the arm resists the pressure. For instance, if someone is allergic to dairy products the muscle in the arm will react weakly when holding a small phial of milk in the hand. 

CKT operates on the premise that, as the body is specifically designed to control the internal environment and not fall prey to chronic disease, there are one or more factors interrupting this design feature – this is considered to be the ‘Prime Cause’.

The presenting symptoms can be numerous, or vary to include allergies and intolerances, all due to one ‘prime cause.’ At first, it may be difficult to understand the concept that several symptoms, e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, sinusitis, hay fever and headaches, can all be attributed to the same cause. The orthodox approach might be to prescribe painkillers for the migraine, medication for the IBS and anti-histamines or steroids for the hay fever. Although these are useful agents to control symptoms and make life more bearable, dependence on them becomes ‘symptom management’ as opposed to the objective of CKT, which is to target the cause.

The administration of CKT adheres to naturopathic principles, the aim being to restore integrity to various organs and systems, particularly the immune system, thereby re-establishing normal function. This process enables the body’s specifically designed control centres to accomplish their tasks more easily, paving the way for better health and increased vitality.

The diagnostic technique is ‘kinetic’ in nature. Muscle testing is used to locate the ‘prime cause’ or ‘pattern’ which prevents the body from maintaining a balance. The first step in CKT is to identify which organs and systems of the body are under pressure and unable to perform their designated task adequately. These systems are: nervous system, cardiovascular and circulatory system, endocrine system, digestive and eliminative systems and immune system. The second step is to find substances which either on their own, or in combination, trigger symptoms.

Once the ‘prime cause’ has been established, the next step is to remove the existing pattern and create a more favourable one. This is achieved by influencing the body, via the central nervous system, using a specialized technique. One of the great advantages of using this technique, besides being quite painless and non-invasive, is that it becomes effective almost immediately. During treatment, other aspects of health can be addressed, for example dietary concerns and the value and desirability of supplements and herbs.

In some cases, particularly where symptoms are due solely to an allergy trigger, a course of four treatments is sufficient to establish the new pattern. This new pattern is then supported by reinforcing treatments, varying from weekly, to monthly, to yearly between each visit. In other cases (such as ME for example), longer courses of treatment may be required.

Chirokinetic Therapy is a totally natural and non-invasive therapy which aims to re-balance the body and provide relief and freedom from symptoms and disease.

The treatment was pioneered in 1997 by David Stevens. Since then, CKT has treated not just allergies but a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Recent pilot trials into the effects of Chirokinetics in anaphylaxia have shown this technique to be both safe and effective.

Chirokinetcis in Anaphylaxia

Chirokinetic Therapy (CKT) was developed by Chiropractor David Stevens in 1997.  Based on Naturopathic principles, CKT is a melding of Chiropractic and a basic form of muscle testing. CKT works by identifying and correcting imbalances which have altered the body’s immune response.

A pilot trial into the effects of Chirokentics in anaphylaxia was undertaken between 2004-2005.

In organizing this pilot trial, Mike Collyer (trial organizer) hoped that the results would demonstrate that other people at risk from anaphylactic shock might benefit from this treatment as Mike and his wife had.  The results were positive and demonstrated CKT to be effective and safe, warranting further clinical investigation.

Case Studies:


Emily had been allergic to peanuts since the age of five, when eating a “‘racker bar’ she started to vomit blood. Her first full blown anaphylactic attack happened when she was 19, which was a mild attack and she coped without medical intervention. Six months later she had a far heavier attack, during which she could neither move nor breathe, and was hospitalised overnight.

Emily was given three CKT treatments between 6th June 2004 and 23rd June 2004. CKT testing indicated that Emily was in all probability now below the anaphylactic threshold. Blood test results are pending.


Tina was anaphylactic to coffee; attacks were followed by severe exhaustion requiring several days bed rest. Tina received four CKT treatments between 4th March 2004 and 15th October 2004. CKT testing indicated that Tina was in all probability now below the anaphylactic threshold.

No blood test has been undertaken. Tina accidentally ingested coffee, in a dessert, whilst abroad on holiday. Anaphylactic symptoms were absent.

Full trial results can be read at:

In Conclusion

As a Natural Therapist, I am passionate about complementary therapies and their effect on the mind, body and spirit, and I regard taking responsibility for one’s own health as an important part of healing, so I actively involve patients in their treatment. Many complementary therapies are based on the idea that the body naturally strives to maintain a state of balance, known as homeostasis, and my treatments aim to stimulate this natural healing ability in the body.


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About Maria Aristidou

Maria Aristidou CKT MAR MCMA practises in Enfield, Middlesex and North London. She is also a practitioner of Reflexology and Indian Head Massage, a member of the Association of  Reflexologists and the Complementary Medical Association, and is completing a degree in Complementary Health Sciences. She may be contacted via Mob: 078796 12870;;

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