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, Jr., D.C., who concluded that the chemical, mental and structural aspects of health can be diagnosed based on discovering abnormal weakness occurring in particular muscle groups. To learn more about this tool and alternative methods of treatment, read the following article.

Organ dysfunction and muscle weakness

Applied kinesiology 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 the force applied by the tester. Muscle response is classified as either strong or weak, although this does not necessarily refer to the raw physical strength of the particular muscle group.

Rather, it is a subjective evaluation of muscle tension, which, according to AK theory, can indicate nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances or other problems with the glands or organs. According to the theory, particular muscle groups correspond to particular organs or systems. By correcting the weakness, the problems can be treated.

AK in chiropractics

The treatment forms of applied kinesiology can include:

  • Joint manipulation
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release therapy
  • Craniosacral techniques
  • Japanese meridian therapy
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Dietary manipulation
  • 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 applied kinesiology treatment fails to manage chronic neck or back pain, consider the safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery available at Laser Spine Institute.^ To learn about the advantages of our muscle-sparing procedures, contact us today.

The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute use minimally invasive techniques to perform procedures on an outpatient basis and have helped thousands of patients each year 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.^ To find out if you are a candidate for our procedures, reach out to our team and ask for a free MRI review.*