Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system of muscle-testing and functional neurology-based therapy. It was initiated in 1964 by Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr., D.C. out of Detroit, Michigan. The basic understanding of AK is that every organ dysfunction is accompanied by a specific muscle weakness, and this enables dis-eases to be found through muscle-testing procedures. Most AK practitioners are chiropractors, but naturopaths, medical doctors, dentists, nutritionists, physical therapists, massage therapists and nurse practitioners also use these modalities. Applied Kinesiology should be distinguished from kinesiology (biomechanics), which is the scientific study of movement. Goodheart states that AK techniques can also be used to evaluate nerve, vascular, and lymphatic systems; the body's nutritional state; the flow of "energy" and “acupuncture meridians”.

An AK practitioner believes that some nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, allergies, and other adverse reactions to foods or nutrients can be detected by having the patient place what is tested on the tongue so that the patient’s salivary receptors sends a signal to the patient’s brain. The practicing AK can explain how your glands and organs appear to be functioning with specific muscle tests. Occasionally nutrition maybe recommended to help improve various conditions. These treatments can correct problems in your spine or joints and can stretch or compress muscles to improve your structural condition. Rubbing or tapping certain junctures of nerve, lymph, blood, and acupuncture meridians can stimulate glandular or systemic activity. The AK practitioner can advise you on how to stay healthy and will pay attention to your posture and the function of your feet. He can offer an excellent second opinion if you are under a physician's care or seeing a chiropractor who is not an applied kinesiologist.

Many muscle-testing proponents assert that nutrients tested in these various ways will have an immediate effect: "good" substances will make specific muscles stronger, whereas "bad" substances will cause weaknesses that "indicate trouble with the organ or other tissue on the same nerve, vascular, nutrition, etc., grouping." A leading AK text, for example, states:

Finding a "weak" muscle enables the AK practitioner to pinpoint illness in the corresponding internal organs in the body. For example, a weak muscle in the chest might indicate a liver problem, and a weak muscle near the groin might indicate "adrenal insufficiency." If a muscle tests "weaker" after a substance is placed in the patient's mouth, it can signify a possible dis-ease in the organ associated with that muscle. If the muscle tests "stronger," the substance can remedy problems in the corresponding body parts. Testing is also to indicate which nutrients are deficient. If a weak muscle becomes stronger after a nutrient (or a food high in the nutrient) is chewed, that indicates "a deficiency normally associated with that muscle." Some practitioners contend that muscle-testing can also help diagnose allergies, and other adverse reactions to foods. According to this theory, when a muscle tests "weak," the provocative substance is bad for the patient. AK "treatment" may include special diets, food supplements, acupressure treatments, and spinal manipulation. The AK practitioner can typically evaluate the energy patterns and find the reason that the infection developed in the first place. By correcting the energy patterns within the body and paying specific attention to nutritional supplements and dietary management, the infection which your child (using natural health care) does develop will be adequately taken care of in the safest manner possible. 


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