Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a diagnostic system using muscle testing with other standard methods to evaluate an individual’s health including structural, chemical, and emotional components – collectively known as the Triad of Health.
AK was founded in 1964 by Dr. George Goodheart and was further developed by practitioners from various fields of study over the years. AK doctors are typically chiropractors, but some are medical doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, and other healing physicians.
Over the years, there have been some misconceptions about the practice of Applied Kinesiology. Here are a few key points to understand about AK and the use of muscle testing.
Manual muscle testing (MMT) is biofeedback. This tool provides a real-time assessment to evaluate and monitor a patient’s nervous system response via the musculoskeletal system. It is a vital component to thoroughly evaluating a patient's health needs. Combining this procedure with a comprehensive patient history, orthopedic and neurological exams, and lab work (when needed) is necessary to determine the root cause of an individual’s health problems.
AK utilizes specific manual muscle testing. Some health practitioners perform generalized muscle testing such as the “arm pull-down test”, but this is very inaccurate and is not AK. Knowing which muscles to test and when is the key to getting accurate results. Without a skilled practitioner and other methods of diagnosis, muscle testing is useless.
AK is not a treatment. It simply provides the physician with more diagnostic information. AK employs multiple treatment modalities including chiropractic manipulation, cranial techniques, myofascial release and other soft tissue therapies, meridian and acupuncture skills, exercise rehab protocols, clinical nutrition, dietary management, emotional techniques, or any other procedure deemed necessary to restore health.
Each treatment plan is individualized and custom fit depending on the patient’s presentation, history and examination.