Characteristics of Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiology as advocated by the International College of Applied Kinesiology is practiced only by doctors licensed to diagnose.

Correlates with and enhances standard examination.

Adds extra patient specific information to the standard history, physical diagnosis, and laboratory tests indicated.

Helps the doctor to understand functional symptomatic complexes when standard diagnosis and laboratory tests show NO CAUSE for the symptoms.

Examines all sides of the triad of health: Structural, Chemical, Mental.

Assesses body control by the nervous system.

Assesses nutritional balance.

Integrates function of the meridian system into the examination.

Examines function before symptoms are present to prevent or delay the onset of pathological processes.

Interdisciplinary approach- fits the best treatment to the patient's specific needs.

Provides an interactive assessment of an individuals functional health status that is non-invasive and not equipment intensive but does emphasize the importance of correlating findings with standard diagnostic procedures.

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is an examination system that augments a doctors standard examination with the evaluation of structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health. AK began when a chiropractor, Dr. George goodheart, Jr., found a technique that could immediately make a weak muscle strong. From this initial experience, testing muscles in a precise manner became routine in his examination protocol. He called the system applied kinesiology.

Kinesiology is the study of the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of body movement. Applied Kinesiology makes use of these basic sciences in evaluating health. It was soon found that all muscle weaknesses did not respond to the initial technique. Investigation of other causes of muscle weakness and correction developed into what is currently the practice of applied kinesiology.

Muscle testing is not new; it has been and is an important part of standard neurological examination to determine how the nervous system controls muscles. AK has found through muscle testing that many aspects influencing health can cause muscle function to change from normal. As with Dr. Goodheart's inital technique, when proper treatment is applied the muscle immediately returns to normal function.

From the beginning of health care history, doctors have observed what can be called the body language of health and disease. Examples of body language are skin color, eye movement, fingernails, posture, fat deposition location, hair quality, body movement, and other factors the astute physician observes, feels, hears, and smells during an examination. The doctor combines this information with the findings from the physical, neurologic, orthopedic, mental, laboratory, and other assessments to determine what is causing the loss of optimal health. With applied kinesiology a doctor has expanded body language analysis and testing that broaden the information used to make a decision about a patient's health problem.

The father of AK

George J. Goodheart, Jr. D.C. is known as the father of AK. He graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1939 and started practice with his father in Detroit, Michigan. With the advent of World War II he went into the United States Air force in 1941 and was honorably discharged as a major in 1946.

Applied Kinesiology originated with the treatment of a 24-year old patient. This man could not pas a job physical because he could not push forward with one of his arms. Goodheart observed that the shoulder blade on that side stuck out from the chest wall. The serratus anterior muscle holds the shoulder blade against the chest wall. After studying a textbook on muscle testing, Good heart tested the muscle and found it very weak. The muscle felt normal to touch with the same full mass as the muscle on the other side. The only unusual findings were nodules where the muscle's tendon attached to bone. As he further evaluated the nodules by pressing on them, they went away. rather than just an examination, pressing on the nodules turned out to be the treatment because the muscle immediately returned to normal strength and the shoulder blade moved into its normal position. Even though shoulder weakness had been the problem for as long as the patient could remember - 10 to 15 years - the strength remained with no recurrences. The treatment proved to be applicable in other instances of weak muscles, but not in all cases.

Goodheart taught the technique at a meeting of the American Chiropractic Association in 1964. As muscle testing became routine along with standard diagnostic methods, other forms of treatment were found to immediately return a weak muscles to normal function. Goodheart had found a new principle that the scientific literture had not previously dealt with, that muscle function can be instantly improved by the correct form of manual treatment.

The next effective method found was stimulating lymphatic reflexes which were described in 1937 by an osteopath, Frank Chapman, and associated with organs, glands, and health problems. Goodheart found lymphatic reflexes to be associated with specific muscles and called them neurolymphatic reflexes. With continued investigation, specific muscles were found to be associated with factors of health such a vascular reflexes, acupuncture meridians, organs, glands, vitamins, minerals, and misalignments of the spine, joints, or skull.