Applied Kinesiology Services

Applied Kinesiology: What’s in a muscle?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is functional muscle testing used as an aid in diagnosis and in determining the best treatment for each individual. AK is one of the most comprehensive systems in health care due to its incorporation of multiple branches of healing including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Muscle Therapies, and emotions.
Our muscles have specific functions that can thereby be tested with extreme accuracy. In a state of neutrality muscles should fully contract and be “strong”, when there is some form of dysfunction in the body muscles that should be “strong” can test “weak.” This “weakness” is not because the muscle can’t function or because you are a weak person, but because there is some form of interference in the body that is decreasing the circuits relaying to that muscle. This is how we can then determine an area in the body which needs support, and now we can test different treatments to determine what kind of support is needed.
Some of the things that Dr. Lowell Keppel use AK for in our office is the need for certain treatments such as:

  1. Chiropractic Adjusting or Muscle Work
  2. Clinical Nutrition
  3. Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy
  4. Neuro-emotional Technique

Each of these techniques or treatments are a part of the 5 factors that encompass Applied Kinesiology.

Cox Decompression

Cox Technic utilizes a special table in order to apply a light decompression (traction) to the spine and flexion (both up/down and side to side) to adjust misalignments. This allows…

  • increasing of intervertebral disc height, removing tension in the ligaments/tendons and the related nerve root also improving blood circulation
  • decrease in disc and spinal pressure
  • increase of space where the spinal nerves exit
  • and NATURAL motion of spine is used to restore injured sites to “normal”

Gentle and Non-Invasive

This is a very gentle and non-invasive technique that is GREAT for patients with:

  • Disc Degeneration
  • Disc Herniation’s/Protrusions
  • Sciatic Symptoms
  • Spinal Surgeries (depending on the motion left, scar tissue, stability, and exam findings)
  • Compression Injuries
  • and All Other Chiropractic Cases


This is a technique that Dr. Tritschler and Dr. Keppel use frequently with almost all their clients due to its success and gentleness to the patient and practitioner.

Make your appointment today and stay in good health!

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