Applied Kinesiology Q&A
by Kamau B. Kokayi, MD
What Is Applied Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of muscle movements. Applied kinesiology (AK) takes that a step further and uses the precepts to evaluate body functions including the structural, chemical and mental aspects of health. AK uses manual muscle testing to determine how well the body functions. AK also incorporates precepts and techniques from other therapies like acupuncture, joint manipulation, dietary management and massage. The theory was first developed by a chiropractor, and applied kinesiologists are often chiropractors; they may also be osteopathic or conventional physicians as well as other health professionals. The International College of Applied Kinesiology takes the position that practitioners must first be trained in their respective fields before they can study AK.
How Does It Work?
AK is based on the triad of health: All health problems result from structural, chemical or mental problems. The structure is seen as the base of the triad. The theory is that certain muscles are linked to organs and glands; a muscle weakness signals problems like nerve damage or reduced blood supply. Correcting the muscle weakness can help heal a problem in the associated organ. Just as a chiropractor might adjust the spine to help resolve a patient’s medical problems, AK practitioners may also make adjustments to improve structure.
What Is It Used For?
Like chiropractic and osteopathic practices, AK is often used for musculoskeletal disorders. However, the suggested uses include many other conditions, from diabetes to learning disabilities to Parkinson’s disease. It may also be used to determine whether a particular substance or food strengthens or weakens a patient. The patient holds the substance under the tongue or in the hand while the practitioner tests the strength of a particular muscle. Emotional well-being may also be assessed by having the patient imagine being in a stressful or troubling situation while the practitioner tests muscle strength. AK is typically used in combination with other alternative medical practices.
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