What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
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
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
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.
What Is It Used
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.
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
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
Applied Kinesiology: Muscle Response in Diagnosis,
Therapy and Preventive Medicine
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
Applied Kinesiology demonstrates how this technique can
be of practical use for everyone.
Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference
Book of Basic Principles and Practices
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.
Applied Kinesiology Books
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