Kinesiology: An in-depth approach to common problems.

What is kinesiology, often called Applied Kinesiology or AK? It is a technique developed by a mentor of mine, Dr. George Goodheart and it involves the use of manual muscle testing. Manual muscle testing has become the signature of applied kinesiology, and is used to evaluate the functional status of the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls all major body functions, it is imperative that a doctor be able to evaluate its function. Applied kinesiology gives deep insight into the nervous system, allowing a window into the function of the system that controls organs, glands, and most other tissues.

 

Manual muscle testing is a great tool to help understand a patient's individual dysfunctions from nutritional needs and food and environmental allergens, to specific nervous system and acupuncture circuit abnormalities and all the collateral dysfunctions these issues are causing. Used properly, applied kinesiology becomes a roadmap for understanding and correcting underlying causes.

 

Applied Kinesiology or AK can be used diagnostically to see if a persons knee or hip pain is being triggered by anything from gait related abnormalities that are corrected by acupuncture point stimulation in the feet to muscles that have been “shut off” and need to be “turned on”. This “turning on” can be accomplished by numerous forms of treatment, including, but not limited to, the stimulation of acupuncture points, other reflex points called neurolymphatics, neurovascular points, direct treatment to muscle and tendon receptors, spinal manipulation or specific nutrients. Each of these forms of treatment can be determined through the use of the manual muscle testing that is integral to applied kinesiology.

 

The following are a few examples of what might need to be corrected in relation to the particular symptom that you may present with.

 

Knee pain: Knee pain can be caused by many different problems. Some of these problems might sound familiar to you, such as; ligaments and cartilage issues to tendon and muscle problems. Sometimes, there is no specific problem that can be determined by x-ray, traditional orthopedic testing or even an MRI and this is where kinesiology shines. It is possible that one of the acupuncture circuits running through the knee is disturbed causing pain, it is possible that there is a specific muscle dysfunction that is causing abnormal movement in the knee that then creates pain. That dysfunction may be caused by a relationship to an organ or gland through the acupuncture circuits, nutritional deficiencies, muscle spindle receptors or golgi tendon organs which set the tone of the muscle or more remote issues relating to other areas of the body and brain. Through the use of kinesiology, the specific cause or causes of the dysfunction can be determined and treated.

 

Digestive Problems: Digestive issues are not uncommon, but often figuring out the cause can be quite elusive. The use of AK can make that search less daunting. Using manual muscle testing can aid in the determination of food intolerances that might be disturbing intestinal or stomach function, the possibility of dysbiosis which is basically described as an over abundance of bad microbes such as bacteria, fungi (Candida) or parasites in relationship to the good bacteria that is supposed to inhabit your digestive tract. It is this balance between good bacteria and bad microbes that either create a healthy or unhealthy microbiome or microbiata. The use of AK can also help determine whether the organs of digestion appear to be working properly. These would include everything from the stomach, intestines, gallbladder, pancreas and the connections between all of these parts that must work in harmony to allow for proper digestion.

 

If there are specific vitamins, supplements or herbs that might be helpful, AK can be instrumental in determining the specific compounds that are needed.

 

All of the aforementioned concepts in regard to kinesiology can be applied to other structural issues such as neck pain, sciatica, hip pain and other skeletal issues or other types of conditions such as; headaches, seasonal allergies or vertigo.

 

Kinesiology is a wonderful tool to help both the practitioner and the patient understand their symptoms in a much more comprehensive way, leading to an in-depth, understandable and streamlined treatment protocol.

 

For a more in-depth description of applied kinesiology click here to read the book chapter written by Dr. Rubenstein on applied kinesiology for a publisher.

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