The Basics of Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiologists use the following skills:

As some of you know, Muscle Testing is a basic in AK. When you test a muscle, you test not only the condition of the muscle itself, but the joint it crosses or moves, the spinal innervations of that muscle, the Chinese meridian (acupuncture energy line) associated w/ that muscle and the organ associated w/ that Chinese meridian and some cranial-sacral faults.

The Art and Science of Muscle Testing in Applied Kinesiology

Challenge is an essential diagnostic procedure used to determine the body’s ability to cope with external stimuli, which can be physical, chemical, or mental.  An example of a physical challenge is pushing on a skeletal joint to determine an irritation that produces a muscle strength change. Chemical challenge may occur when one inhales potentially toxic chemicals or chews nutritional factors.  Mental challenge includes thought processes, either pleasant or unpleasant to the individual. After an external stimulus is applied, muscle-testing procedures are done to determine a change in the muscle strength as a result of the stimulus.

Therapy localization is another diagnostic procedure in AK that consists of placing the patient’s hand over areas of suspected involvement, then using muscle testing procedures to determine any change in strength. Placing the patient’s hand on different locations stimulates nerve endings and/or possibly changes the patient’s electromagnetic energy field. Therapy localization is strictly a diagnostic tool in AK that is to be combined with the other diagnostic findings to arrive at a final conclusion.

Nutritional evaluation in AK is done as part of your total examination. The muscle test is used to confirm the other findings your doctor will use from laboratory testing, nutritional diaries, blood and saliva testing, and your history. Evaluation of nutritional products and foods by using taste to determining how your body reacts to them, as observed by MMT(manual muscle testing) , is an important addition to providing optimal nutritional support for patients who need it.

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What is the Triad of Health in Applied Kinesiology

Triad of Health

The Triad of Health with structure at the base is the foundation of AK. A human form represents structure and postural balance. A circle of icons represents important treatment avenues used in AK.

N The functional evaluation of the nervous system is what the MMT (manual muscle testing)  offers, and is the most important area of investigation in AK and chiropractic examination.

NL The NeuroLymphatic reflexes and the lymph system is an important part of AK examination and treatment.

NV The NeuroVascular reflexes and the blood vascular system is also evaluated and treated in AK.

CSF The cranial-sacral system is an important component in nervous system function, and AK has advanced the diagnosis of cranial dysfunctions dramatically.

AMC The acupuncture meridian system is also involved in AK examination, and AK has made some of the first advancements to this ancient system of healing in the Western world.

A great deal of new information has been learned about the body’s function by evaluating how nerves and muscles react to physical, chemical, and mental stimuli. AK examination will use your own body as the laboratory of investigation, taking into consideration a wide range of influences and functional disturbances that are producing the health problems that you are want corrected. As your treatment progresses, you will observe muscles that once functioned poorly are now strong and that your body is functioning as well or better than normal.


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