What is Applied Kinesiology
Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using manual 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 for the patient.
The triad of health is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural, chemical and mental health representing the three sides. A health problem on one side of the triad can affect 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 aspect/s.
Applied Kinesiology Treatment
When visiting an AK Practitioner, expect to be involved. The practitioner will take a full and detailed history. They will then perform a wide variety of muscle tests on the patient to establish areas of dysfunction. They will test for basic mechanical defects; the possible connection of visceral dysfunction (that is, the function of the associated gland or organ); stress levels in the body; and, where relevant, cranial and pelvic distortion and toxicity/allergy problems.
Treatment may involve any combination of therapies including specific joint manipulation or mobilisation, myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition advice, homeopathic and herbal remedies, dietary management and various reflex procedures.
Benefits of Applied Kinesiology
AK can be used to treat any structural defects for which any person may visit a healthcare practitioner. For example:
- neck pain
- back pain
- headaches and migraine
- postural abnormalities
- disc injuries
- nerve root irritation
- acute onset and sports injury
In addition, an AK practitioner will address many other functional and systemic disorders from which people increasingly suffer in modern day society, including:
- stress related disorders
- childhood disorders such as allergies, asthma, eczema, recurrent ear, nose and throat infections
- hormone related disorders
- symptoms of PMS and menopause
- irritable bowel syndrome
- post viral fatigue syndrome / ME
- food intolerances
- sleep pattern disorders
- behavioural problems of infancy and childhood
“The results were nothing short of amazing, I thought. After visit no 1, the pain was reduced by some 25 percent. Visit no 2 a week later reduced the pain by a staggering 85 percent. Visit no 3 cured the problem ”
– Tom Kaehler, Journalist (age 48)