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
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