Applied Kinesiology

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Every human being is different.
Wouldn't it be great
if you could find a doctor
who had the unique ability to
find out about you and your
special problems?
Wouldn't it be great if
that same doctor could
give you treatments and
recommendations that are
specific to your needs?

There is such a doctor,
and that doctor is
an applied kinesiologist.


    Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person's body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.
     In general, the applied kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The practitioner will then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weak-ness and help the patient.
     Therapies utilized can include specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management and various reflex procedures.
     In some cases, the examiner may test for envi-ronment or food sensitivities by using a previously strong muscle to find what weakens it.
Applied Kinesiology uses the triad of health to describe the proper balance of the major health categories. Chemical-Mental-Structural.
     The triad is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural health as its base, and the upright sides representing chemical and mental health.
When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors.
     The triad of health is interactive and all sides must be evaluated for the underlying cause of a problem. A health problem on one side of the triad can effect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance may cause mental symptoms. Applied kinesiology enables the practitioner to evaluate the triad's balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.

Does Applied Kinesiology
replace standard examinations?

    Applied kinesiology is used in addition to standard diagnostics to help determine the cause of a health problem. For example, with certain conditions like hypoglycemia, there will be muscle patterns of weakness or strength found with AK.
    However, These same patterns could be present because of another nervous system problem such as disease or some type of adaptation. Only an adequate history of the person, together with standard examination procedures and laboratory findings, will indicate the proper treatment course.
Therefore, people performing a simple muscle test and diagnosing what vitamins are needed or other information abut health without standard examination is inappropriate. this is making health decisions well beyond what a simple muscle test can determine and actually may be harmful.
    The determination of your need for dietary supplements requires knowledge of your symptoms along with an examination for known physical signs of imbalances and a dietary history.
    Blood, urine, saliva or stool analyses may be added to the forgoing. An applied kinesiology examination provides additional information and can help to determine what is missing and needs supplementation. Using applied kinesiology, a doctor can often determine which of the many available laboratory test are the most appropriate to be performed. This can result in a more effective diagnosis while at the same time reducing health care cost.


JIM BARTLEY, DC DIBAK is a Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist practicing Applied Kinesiology in central and Bend, Oregon who treats conditions such as Sports Injuries, neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder problems, elbow problems, knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain, orthopedic conditions, TMJ jaw or temporomandibular joint problems using natural Chiropractic healthcare and Applied Kinesiology