What is Applied Kinesiology?
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence. The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system.
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.
The triad of health lists the three basic causes of health problems. They are structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad. All health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with at least one part or, quite often, all parts of the triad. This is not new to chiropractic, as its founder, D.D. Palmer states in his text, The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic, “The determining causes of disease are traumatism, poison, and autosuggestion.” AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient’s health problem.
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).
Finding the Problem
First, we review the history of your health situation. This is followed by a thorough physical examination. Instrumentation and laboratory tests may be needed. Then we analyze your posture, your stride length on each side (also called gait) and the range of motion in your torso, hips, shoulders and neck. By combining these findings with muscle testing, we develop a unique insight into the cause(s) of your problem.
Resolving the Problem
Armed with a deeper understanding of your current condition, we select from a variety of healing modalities, which may include:
• Chiropractic adjustments
• Joint mobilization
• Acupuncture meridian therapy
• Nutrition supplementation
• Osteopathic cranial techniques
• Muscle rehabilitation
As the discipline of Applied Kinesiology has grown and evolved, it has broadened to include the evaluation of many systems in the body including the nervous system, the vascular systems (both the blood and lymphatic systems), along with the cerebral spinal fluid circulation, immune system, hormonal system, digestive system and acupuncture meridian system.
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