Applied kinesiology (AK) is a new system for evaluating body function by means of muscle testing that is unique to the healing arts. AK is both a diagnostic and a therapeutic tool. It uses muscle testing in a precise manner to determine what may be wrong in many of our body's systems.
This technique originated from the observations of Dr. George J. Goodheart, a chiropractor from Detroit, Michigan. In 1964, Dr. Goodheart had his first encounter with AK through working with a patient with persistent shoulder pain that did not respond to normal chiropractic care. Dr. Goodheart had examined all of the patient's shoulder muscles and noted a profound weakness of muscle called the Serratus Anticus. This muscle helps to maintain the proper position of the scapulae to the back of the rib cage, which effects the working of the shoulder joint.
What Dr. Goodheart noted by examining this muscle from its origin to insertion, was nodules that were palpably tender. He kneaded these nodules till they seemed to decrease in size and became less painful. He then retested this muscle, found it had become strong again, and that the patient's shoulder was free of pain. Thus, a new healing medium, Applied Kinesiology was born!
AK differs from general chiropractic because it addresses the FIVE FACTORS OF THE INTERVERTEBRAL FORMANIA (IVF).
All chiropractors use some form of adjustment (manipulation) to realign a displace vertebra (subluxation), but this only effects the space for the nerve in the IVF. There are four other elements that this adjustment does not address. These factors are the Neurovascular Reflex (NR), Lymphatic Reflex (NL) for lymph vessels to remove waste, Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF), and the Acupuncture Meridian Connector Circuit (AMC).
Muscle testing acts as a functional neurological tool that tells the doctor how well the patient's nervous system is able to communicate with the patient's organs, glands, joints, and other bodily structures.
Because the muscle system shares similar factors with the specific organ or gland by blood flow, nerve supply, meridian circuit, and CSF flow an organ not functioning properly will create a weakness in a specific muscle. Just to give you a couple of quick examples, the thyroid gland is associated with the Teres Minor muscle (a shoulder rotator); the liver with the Pecortalis Major sternal division (chest muscle); and the small intestine with the Quadriceps (thigh muscle).
In 1975, a most fascinating procedure came about. It was called Therapy Localization (TL). This procedure entails finding a strong muscle (called an Indicator), then asking the patient to touch a specific point where symptoms (pain) are being felt. If the strong muscle is being weakened by touching the pain site, then something is locally wrong. The procedure does not diagnose what is wrong, only that something is wrong.
Through these techniques of muscle testing, a variety of problems can be tested for, including allergies (food, drug, etc.), effects of nutrients, structural problems such as subluxations, inflammations such as bursitis, arthritis, and tendonitis, ad some organ dysfunctions. All of these findings are then backed up with other tests such as x-rays, MRI, SMAC blood tests, or referral to other specialists. Chiropractic/Applied Kinesiology is most effective when the patient's conditions is still in a functional stage. This means that no structural or cellular changes can be found microscopically.
It is important to remember that this system is not a panacea for all health problems, but it can assist in removing the barriers that keep the body from healing. Since health is our God-given right, it can be said that we heal from above down, and inside out. Therefore, the function of any doctor, whether he or she is an MD, DC, DO, or Ph.D., is to remove the roadblocks that prevent the patient's body from healing itself.
AK is an interdisciplinary field and takes techniques from many other healing art disciplines such as physical medicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, and nutrition, and combines them into a workable and reproducible system that any doctor can use in his practice. The organization that governs AK is called the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). The ICAK's membership comprises chiropractors, medical doctors, psychologists, dentists, and podiatrists.
Applied Kinesiology has many techniques that can be used to treat a variety of problems from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and peripheral nerve entrapments such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist/hand), to Transal Tunnel Syndrome (ankle/foot). Its techniques are especially effective in disc problems of bulges and small herniations.
Dr. Sprieser received a B.S. degree from New York University and a degree in chiropractic from the Chiropractic Institute of New York. He has been engaged in chiropractic practice in New jersey since 1969, and has used AK as a mainstay for more than 20 years. He has been a teaching Diplomat of ICAK since 1983 and was a consultant to the MPD Clinic of The Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry. Dr. Sprieser is also a lecturer and has been published for his work in Applied Kinesiology. He is in the process of having his first book published on AK for the general public.
By: Dr. Paul T. Sprieser