What is Applied Kinesiology?
Applied Kinesiology (AK), which was developed in 1964 by George Goodheart, DC, is a diagnostic tool and health care system used by medical doctors, homeopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and many other alternative-care practitioners. Other offshoots of AK include:
- Neuroemotional Technique (NET)
- Applied Psychoneurobiology (APN)
- Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA)
- Autonomic Response Testing (ART)
Applied Kinesiology is a system of analysis and treatment, which incorporates autonomic muscle response, reflexes, meridian points, trigger points, neurological reflexes, neuromuscular reflexes, neurolymphatic reflexes, cranio-sacral work, muscle and organ relationships, origin and insertion technique, and many other detailed bodily connections. The analysis can determine imbalances in the musculoskeletal system and go deeper to determine imbalances in the body.
As a chiropractor, it gives the practitioner a clear and concise way to know where and what to treat, based on muscle and reflex responses to specific tests. This allows for a patient to get out of pain and stabilize quickly.
In a typical analysis, the meridian system (used in acupuncture) is analyzed, and certain muscles are tested to determine abnormal reflex and muscle response. When an abnormal muscle response is found, a whole system of correction is employed to strengthen and correct the findings. In regards to the patient experience these corrections may involve soft tissue work, a gentle adjustment, acupressure, point stimulation, and other specific body work technique.