Applied Kinesiology was developed in 1964 by the chiropractor George J. Goodheart. It is a technique which measures muscle strength in the body as a means to form a diagnosis.
Practitioners believe that in addition to structural aspects of the body that chemical, emotional and mental states can be measured and improved through manual manipulation of muscles. The applied kinesiology method teaches that each muscle in the body is not only connected to an organ but to a wider circuit of energy. Discovering where muscles seem weak or tense is a way to discover where energy may not be flowing correctly.
AK treatment often includes joint manipulation as well as a dietary and myofascial therapies. It is fairly common for patients to be asked to keep a food diary in the days before their appointment and to wear loose clothes on the day of the appointment. Typical appointments last between 60 and 90 minutes in which the kinesiologist positions the hands, arms, legs and sometimes head of the patient and applies light pressure to each. Initial appointments should also include a health history session. Many appointments involve laying down on a raised bed but patients can also be treated while seated. Kinesiologist may also include massage or acupressure sessions within the appointment as these help to shed any inappropriate tension from the body.
Most kinesiologists belong to a professional association. Two well known United Kingdom associations are the Association of Systematic Kinesiology (ASK) and The Kinesiology Federation (KF).
A good kinesiologist is essential as it is entirely up to the practitioner to interpret the strength of the patient’s muscle response. Traditional medical minds are particularly quick to point this aspect of applied kinesiology out as a dangerous flaw.
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