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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is one of the most comprehensive systems in health care, due to its incorporation of multiple modalities of healing. AK includes a five-point perspective: joint mobilization procedures from chiropractic, meridian therapies from acupuncture, neuromuscular and myofascial techniques, neurolymphatic reflexes, viscero-cranial techniques, as well as nutritional and emotional protocols.

What's in a muscle?

Applied Kinesiology uses functional muscle testing as an aid in diagnosis and in determining the best treatment for each individual.

The muscles of our bodies have specific functions that can be tested with extreme accuracy.  In a neutral state, muscles should fully contract and be "strong" against an acting stimulus. When there is some form of dysfunction in the body, the muscles that should be "strong" could possibly test as "weak."  This "weakness" is not because a muscle can't function or because you are a weak person who needs to strengthen the muscle with exercise. Instead, "weakness," as it relates to this functional muscle testing, suggests that there is an interference in the body that might decrease, suppress or interrupt the pathways relaying electrical potential to that muscle.

How can we thereby determine an area in the body which needs support? And how we can test different treatments to determine what kind of support the body needs?

We use Applied Kinesiology's protocol of functional muscle testing to discern which muscles respond with either "strength" or "weakness" in congruence with other elements of the body. This is not a strength test, as regards to how strong a muscle is to perform a certain movement or function; rather, this is a deliberate protocol to discover which factors exhibit the physiological response of conduction or interference with a muscle's electrical potential.

Using Applied Kinesiology as a Tool

In our office, some of our practioners use AK as a diagnostic tool for certain treatments such as: 

  1. Chiropractic Manipulation or Muscle Work
  2. Clinical Nutrition
  3. Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy
  4. Neuro-Emotional Technique®

Each of these techniques or treatments use one or more of the 5 Factors that encompass Applied Kinesiology, as designed originally by George J Goodheart, DC.

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