Applied kinesiology

Applied kinesiology (AK) is a diagnostic tool in alternative medicine used by chiropractors and other healthcare practitioners to test muscular strength in order to determine how well the body functions. It was developed in 1964 by chiropractor George Goodheart, who concluded that the chemical, mental and structural aspects of health can be diagnosed based on discovering abnormal weakness occurring in particular groups of muscles. AK is not to be confused with kinesiology, which is the scientific study of the movements of the human body.

Organ dysfunction and muscle weakness

AK practitioners perform manual strength resistance tests based on a metaphysical link between muscles, glands and organs. Targeted muscle groups are tested by having the patient resist force applied by the tester. Muscle response is classified as “strong” or “weak,” although this does not necessarily refer to raw physical strength of the particular muscle group. Rather, it is a subjective evaluation of muscle tension, which — according to AK theory — can indicate imbalances within the body. Particular muscle groups — again, according to the theory — correspond to particular organs or systems.

AK in chiropractics

According to the American Chiropractic Association, nearly 40 percent of chiropractors employ diagnostic AK, while about 13 percent of patients are treated by applied kinesiology. The treatment forms of AK can include:

  • Joint manipulation
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release therapy
  • Cranial techniques
  • Japanese meridian therapy
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Dietary management
  • Reflex procedures

Minimally invasive techniques

AK treatment is a slightly controversial practice due to its subjective nature; it relies solely on practitioner assessment of muscle response. If AK treatment fails to manage chronic back or neck pain, consider the minimally invasive alternative available at Laser Spine Institute. The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute use minimally invasive techniques to perform procedures on an outpatient basis, and have achieved success for tens of thousands of patients with a wide range of spinal conditions. We have the statistics to support our practices — 81 percent of our patients return to work within three months of surgery and 88 percent return to daily activities in three months.

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