Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a method of evaluating the body through muscle testing to find imbalance and dysfunction. Muscle testing is used by a wide range of practitioners, including those in chiropractic, dentistry, medicine and numerous others. While its use varies with individual practitioners, there is one common feature among all using it: muscle testing is a form of biofeedback.
In Applied Kinesiology, Chiropractors use muscle testing as part of the diagnostic procedure to assess the body’s muscles and their connections to the brain through the nervous system. Muscle testing used in this way is a very useful and accurate way to evaluate how a person’s body is functioning.
In general, the applied kinesiologist will find a muscle that tests “weak” and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The practitioner will then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.
Therapies utilised can include specific adjustments, mobilisation, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, organ techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, and various reflex procedures. We may also test for environmental irritants or food sensitivities by using a previously strong muscle to find what weakens it.
The difference between a “weak” and a “strong” muscle is a neurological process; it is not an indication that the person needs to work out.
As an important part of a comprehensive physical evaluation, muscle testing can help discover the true picture of the overall problem. Applied Kinesiology is therefore well positioned to help a range of people from the chronically ill who want to achieve better health to that stubborn injury or pain that just won’t go away to world class athletes striving for optimal performance.