Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing as a guide for diagnosis and treatment (along with other standard methods of diagnosis).

The chiropractor using AK finds a muscle that is unbalanced (i.e. weak) and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly, again via muscle testing. The chiropractor can then apply the treatment that will best balance the patient's muscles, indicating a healthily, optimally functioning body.

Causes of an imbalance fall into the three categories that make up the Triad of Health, a concept that is key to AK principles. It states that Chemical, Mental and Structural factors balance the major health categories. All sides of the triad must be evaluated to establish the underlying cause of a problem as a health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance can cause mechanical symptoms. AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad's balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.

Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial (soft tissue) therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

AK muscle testing during an examination will add a new dimension to standard diagnostics.