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Applied kinesiology

What is it?

Applied kinesiology (AK) is a system developed in the 1960's by Dr. George Goodheart, a chiropractor. AK users believe that each organ in the body has a relationship with a specific muscle. A weak muscle can indicate a problem in its related organ. Improving muscle strength in that muscle can correct the problem in its related organ.

The goal of AK is to provide an assessment of your health without using medical equipment or lab tests. Applied kinesiologists try to find weaknesses in your body before serious health problems occur. Weakness in a specific muscle may be a clue to a problem in its related organ, but this is not always true. Reasons for a muscle weakness may include a nerve, hormone, or nutritional problem, a poor blood supply, or toxic chemicals. A properly trained chiropractor, naturopath, or medical doctor using AK will know that different causes may require different solutions.

During a visit to your care giver, you will be asked to put your arm or leg in a specific position to see if you can hold this position when the care giver pushes against it. If you can hold this position, the muscle is considered strong. If you cannot hold this position, the arm is considered weak.

Once the weak muscle has been identified, the care giver will choose the treatment that will restore muscle strength. Treatments may include deep massage, spinal or joint adjustments, nutritional therapy, homeopathy, or acupressure. The type of treatment may vary due to the cause of the problem and the care giver's skill.

Applied kinesiology can be used for any muscle or joint problem. Posture, nerve function, hormone balance, and immune and digestive problems have been helped with AK. It may also prevent or delay the onset of chronic problems by discovering weaknesses before symptoms appear.

Lay people have learned AK techniques and use it to maintain their family's health. If you have a serious health problem, be aware that a diagnosis from this system should be confirmed with conventional tests, such as blood tests, x-rays, and other appropriate tests.

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