The Bladder Meridian
While the bladder stores and eliminates fluid waste, the energetic function involves much more than that, it plays a role in regulating the sympathetic and parasympathetic responses which is an important part of the stress response. This is partly due to the bladder meridian running down the spinal column as well as the bladder meridian muscle, the sacrospinalis, running down the spine.
What does the Bladder Do?
The bladder is a triangle-shaped, hollow organ located in the lower abdomen. It is held in place by ligaments that are attached to other organs and the pelvic bones. The bladder’s walls relax and expand to store urine, and contract and flatten to empty urine through the urethra.
What are the Kinesiology Muscles for the Bladder Meridian?
- Sacrospinalis (runs along the spine)
- Tibial’s (in the feet)
- Peroneus (in the lower legs)
Common imbalances in the Bladder Meridian?
When the kidneys are not working properly, harmful toxins and excess fluids build up in the body. These symptoms can include
- Frequent urination
- Headaches and dehydration
- Swelling in the face and ankles
- Fluid retention
- Bladder, shoulder, back issues
- Waking up many times at night to urinate
- urinary tract infections
Balancing the Bladder Meridian using the BEES
The BEES stand for Biochemical, Emotional, Electrical, Structural. These 4 areas are the focus of a Kinesiology therapy.
The focus for biochemically balancing the bladder is to ensure proper hydration.
A Kinesiologist will do a hydration muscle test to ensure the client is hydrated and absorbing water effectively.
Muscle Testing for Supplements
If a bladder muscle is imbalanced (often unlocking when challenged in a muscle test), we muscle test supplements to find what will strengthen the circuit
In Traditional Chinese Medicine 5 Element Theory, the bladder belongs to the ‘Water’ element which is the emotion of fear and anxiety which can manifest as weak willpower, insecurity, aloof, and isolated.
The bladder meridian’s time is between 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. Clients with an imbalance in this meridian will often be tired and lethargic at this time.
Water is also considered an electrical conductor so drinking water and staying hydrated is an important electrical support.
The bladder meridian is connected to muscles in the back and feet. When the muscles in the feet pronate (turn down or in) or supinate (turn up or out) this can be a recognisable sign of a bladder meridian imbalance.
- Tight back (thoracic)
- Painful feet or ankles
- Misaligned posture due to foot weakness
To balance the bladder meridian structurally, it is recommended to
- Strengthen the abdominals which supports the back muscle sacrospinalis
- Ensure supportive footwear and avoid high heels.