What Is Applied Kinesiology?
Applied Kinesiology is a type of alternative medicine that is used mainly by chiropractors. Recently, it has been making its way into more mainstream medicine, but it has a long way to go, just like any other alternative medicine, it has to prove itself. The definition of applied Kinesiology,or AK as it is sometimes known is: A form of diagnosis that uses muscle testing as a primary feedback for examining how a persons body is functioning. AK brings together the elements that work in many different therapies and then makes them into one to use what is known as a “total person” concept of health.
What is Kinesiology Itself?
Kinesiology itself simply refers to the study of movement. Kinesiology is a popular name for many departments in colleges that have specialized studies in the causes, and consequences of physical activity. These physical activities include such things as exercises to improve physical and health fitness, work, sports, dancing, and even playing. Any type of movement, even just day to day living is Kinesiology. Chiropractors take this Kinesiology and use it as applied Kinesiology to improve the day to day living of their patients, and to treat many ailments.
The Triad Of Health
Applied Kinesiology works by doing basic muscle tests to determine the health problem, then to set up the correct therapy for the patient. Applied Kinesiology is actually a system that evaluates structural, chemical, and even mental aspects of a persons health to help determine what is wrong with each individual person. This makes up what is known as the “Triad of Health,” and centers around the theory that a person’s health can be determined by three major health areas: chemical factors, structural factors, and mental factors. In the triad, structural factors are the base, with chemical and mental factors representing the upright sides. It is said that when a person has poor health it is because of one, or sometimes even all three, of these factors.
For example, a health problem such as sinus and neck pain can be related on two different sides of the triad of health. It is the job of the chiropractor to find out just what muscles are “weak” in each area, in order to prescribe the correct therapy for the condition.
How To Determine Muscle Weakness
To put it in a simple format, an applied Kinesiologist works to find a muscle that tests weak, then works to determine why that muscle is not functioning the way it’s supposed to. The method used to determine this is called manual muscle testing and is used along with other more conventional methods. There are different tests that are used to determine the root cause of the problem, these include:
- Manual muscle testing- Manual testing is conducted by having the patient try not to use a certain muscle or muscle group when the doctor applies force. This test shows a certain muscle is a “strong muscle” or a “weak muscle” and has a “weak response.”
- Nutrition testing is used to gauge a patient’s muscle response to different chemicals. It is said that previously weakened muscles can be strengthened by using the right nutritional supplement.
- Therapy localization is specific to applied Kinesiology, and is another manual muscle test. This test may lead to a change in muscle response from strong to weak or weak to strong. This may mean that an intervention is needed; If there is no response in the tested muscle, then an intervention is not needed.
There are different conditions that applied Kinesiology can treat as well. These include:
- Sports injuries are one of the most common injuries that applied Kinesiology can treat. Sports injuries usually involve tendons, muscles, joints, and other damaged tissues. Applied Kinesiology can help to strengthen muscles for endurance, strength, and performance as well.
- Skin disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Allergies and Asthma
- Muscular aches and pains
- Digestive problems
- Many different kinds of arthritis
- Accident Trauma
Applied Kinesiology doesn’t just treat the symptoms of a problem, it works with other diagnostic measures to get to the root of the problem and help to repair the body holistically.