What is APPLIED KINESIOLOGY?
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis.
The doctor using AK finds a muscle that is unbalanced and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The doctor works out the treatment that will best balance the patient’s muscles.
Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.
AK uses the Triad of Health. That is Chemical, Mental and Structural factors that balance the major health categories.
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 affect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance can cause mental symptoms. AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.
AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology Board of Standards. These skills are refined from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy etc. Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).
A Doctor using AK during an examination will add a new dimension to standard diagnostics.
- Is a diagnostic system using manual muscle testing to augment normal examination procedures.
- Was founded and developed by Chiropractor Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr.
- kills have been further developed by members of the ICAK
- Is a postgraduate specialty.
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 about 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 foregoing. 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 tests are the most appropriate to be performed. This can result in a more effective diagnosis while at the same time reducing health care costs
About Dr. Goodheart
In 1964, he made the first correlation between finding a weak muscle and making it stronger. Since then he has looked beyond the chiropractic profession to the fields of medicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, dentistry, nutrition, biochemistry, etc.. for methods to increase the health and well being of the patient based on using the body as a diagnostic tool.
He has a unique way of looking at a problem and asking “Why?” . This has allowed him to correlate many different types of examination and treatemnt procedures into a unified method of examining and then treating many difficult patient’s.
Today, he still works in his office and lectures many week-ends of the year. He travels from europe to Japan and lectures throughout the United States. He produces a monthly research tape as well as a yearly manual on the latest findings in Applied Kinesiology.