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Applied Kinesiology

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books


What Is It?
Applied Kinesiology is a technique used to identify and treat health problems by testing for weaknesses in specific muscles. It is based on the theory that certain muscles are related to specific organs and glands, and that a weakness in muscles can point to problems in associated parts of the body.

Applied kinesiology was developed in the 1960’s by American chiropractor George Goodheart, who discovered the technique while treating a patient with pain in his legs. Goodheart found he could relieve the pain while massaging one specific muscle, but not while massaging other muscles.
Applied kinesiology is practised by chiropractors and other health practitioners including naturopaths, nutritionists, medical doctors, massage therapists and physical therapists. It is different from kinesiology, the scientific study of the mechanics and anatomy of human movement.

How Does It Work?
Applied kinesiology uses a system of muscle testing as a diagnostic tool to identify imbalances in the body’s energy flow. This concept draws from Traditional Chinese Medicine where energy is thought to flow along 14 channels or “meridians”. In applied kinesiology, weaknesses in certain muscles found along the meridians point to problems in related parts of the body.

Scientific research has not been able to identify a link between muscle weaknesses and diseases affecting organs in the body. Practitioners themselves do not claim that their diagnostic tests are definitive and say they should be used together with other conventional methods of diagnosis.

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What Happens During Treatment?
During your first session your practitioner will take a medical history, ask about your specific problem and study your posture and movement. The practitioner uses a technique called manual muscle testing which involves painless fingertip pressure on a part of the body to test for resistance. A muscle that can resist manual pressure is said to be “strong” or “locked”, while a muscle that gives way under pressure is “weak” or “unlocked” and can point to an energy imbalance in an associated part of the body. These tests are also used to identify allergies and nutritional deficiencies. The practitioner may arrange for conventional testing to be carried out to verify a diagnosis.

Once a practitioner has identified a problem, a range of therapies can be suggested as treatment, including chiropractic, massage, craniosacral therapy, nutritional therapy, acupuncture or acupressure, homoeopathy and changes in diet and lifestyle.

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What Is It Used For?
Applied kinesiology has been used to identify a variety of muscular problems, including temperomandibular joint disorders and postural and gait problems, to identify nutritional deficiencies and chemical or food sensitivities, and to balance endocrine, immune, nervous and digestive functions.

Side Effects/Cautions
Applied kinesiology should not be used as a replacement for conventional diagnosis and treatment.

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Your Body Can Talk: How to Use Simple Muscle Testing to Learn What Your Body Knows and Needs : The Art and Application of Clinical Kinesiology
Susan Levy

Discovered by chiropractor George Goodheart in 1964 and developed by him and his student and colleague Alan Beardall in the 1970s, clinical kinesiology (CK) tests the body's energetic feedback system and rechannels it for healing. Chiropractor Levy and Lehr, one of her patients, describe it in detail. Although a recent discovery, CK draws heavily on acupuncture and subcontinental Indian medicine and is thereby related to centuries-old traditions. It claims to identify changes in the body before they appear physically, and via both text and diagrams, Levy and Lehr obligingly present the tests used to ascertain such changes. Treatments are designed to reverse or mitigate the changes and consist primarily of improving nutrition, identifying problems arising from food allergies, supporting the immune system, eliminating antibiotics and other powerful drugs, avoiding unnecessary surgery, and staying away from magnetic fields. - William Beatty

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Applied Kinesiology: Muscle Response in Diagnosis, Therapy and Preventive Medicine
Tom Valentine

A practical and reliable diagnostic tool that has emerged over the past twenty-five years, kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of bodily motion, especially muscle movements and their relationship to our body systems. Viewing the body as a balanced triad of structure, chemistry, and mentality, applied kinesiology gauges muscle response to pinpoint underlying physical problems. Within 30 minutes, a competent kinesiologist can evaluate bodily functions and provide a readout on the workings of the glands, organs, lymphatic system, circulatory and nervous systems, circulation, and muscle-bone structure.
Applied Kinesiology demonstrates how this technique can be of practical use for everyone.

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Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles and Practices
Robert Frost

Applied kinesiology uses diagnostic muscle tests in conjunction with standard examination procedures to determine the causes of health problems. Written for professionals and nonprofessionals alike, Applied Kinesiology includes 32 muscle tests and a step-by-step guide for applying specific correction techniques.

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