What is applied kinesiology?
Lets break it down by word. Kinesiology is the study of how the body moves. Applied kinesiology (AK) is also called muscles testing or muscle strength testing. It is used by holistic health practitioners to diagnose and give treatments based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and spinal levels. Unique muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances, emotional triggers or other organ problems. Correcting this muscle weakness can help heal a problem in the associated internal organ and spinal level.
What is applied kinesiology used for?
Practitioners claim that applied kinesiology can be used to diagnose and treat nervous system problems, nutritional deficiencies or excesses, imbalances in the body’s “energy pathways” (known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as meridians), and many other health concerns.
The theory of AK was developed by George Goodheart, Jr., a Michigan chiropractor who began to write and lecture about his ideas in 1964. Applied kinesiology practitioners are often chiropractors, but may also be osteopathic physicians, dentists, or even conventional physicians. According to the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK), practitioners must first be trained in their respective fields before they can study applied kinesiology in a postgraduate setting.
While suggested uses of AK range from abdominal pain to cancer, diabetes, headache, learning disabilities, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, vertigo and many other health problems, scientific evidence demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of AK for these conditions is limited, at best.
What should one expect on a visit for applied kinesiology?
A visit begins with a detailed medical history with a System Survey Form and consult with Dr. Yvonne. After the consult is completed, muscle strength is tested against pressure exerted by Dr. Yvonne, typically on the right arm. If the muscle stands up to pressure, it’s deemed “strong” or “locked”; those that give way to pressure are considered “weak” or “unlocked,” and are deemed indicative of a problem. Dr. Yvonne will then hold a hand over the organ, muscle or spinal level in question to see if it holds strong or weak. There may also be pressure on “trigger points” to see if they lead to muscle weakness. There are 3 things Dr. Yvonne will test for when the organ is weak. These include whether the problem is structural/bone alignment, food allergy/toxin/chemical or emotional.
From this information Dr. Yvonne will recommend spinal manipulation and/or supplements to help correct the weakness. Usually a follow up will be done within 1 to 3 months.