Applied Kinesiology in Chiropractic Examination
“Amazing” “Incredible!” “I can hardly believe it but it works!” “ Fascinating!” These are some of the remarks by patients who have experienced an Applied Kinesiology examination.
During the 1960s Dr. George Goodheart, found that evaluation of normal and abnormal body function such as evaluation of the nervous, vascular, and lymphatic systems, nutrition, acupuncture and cerebrospinal fluid function could be accomplished by using muscle tests. This system is called “Applied Kinesiology”
During the examination some muscles test strong and others test extremely weak. The “weakness” indicates not only poor muscle function, but also possible trouble with the organ and/or other tissue on the same nerve, vascular and nutritional grouping. Further evaluation reveals the “controlling” factor that might be at fault. If correction is successful, there will be a remarkable improvement in the muscle test. Since nerves control body functions, including all the major systems, it is essential to evaluate all nerves in the body. Applied Kinesiology gives the doctor added ability to evaluate the function of the nervous system, which controls the organs, glands, and other tissues.
Therapy Localization:During the course of the patient’s examination, the doctor may test a muscle and then have the patient place a finger or hand in a certain spot. She/he will then re-test that same muscle sometimes there will be a remarkable change in its apparent strength. What the doctor is doing is using a hand to stimulate nerve receptors, or otherwise add or subtract energy in different centers.
Structural Balance:The muscles support joints and give them stability. If the muscles of one side of the knee or lower back are not functioning properly, they may cause joint fatigue, pain, easy injury, and eventually joint disease.
Cranial Bone Movement:Until fairly recently it was thought that the skull was a solid mass primarily protecting the brain. In reality, there is minute movement of the bones that is necessary for normal function of the nerves and spinal fluid. Spinal fluid surrounds the brain and spinal cord, providing nutrition, lubrication, and hormone movement. A bump on the head can jam the bones of the skull, causing abnormal or no movement. Improper nerve function may result that can cause problems in many organs or structures of the body.
There are several methods for evaluating the function of the skull in Applied Kinesiology. The doctor may test a muscle, press on various bones of the skull in different directions, and then retest the muscle. The patient may be asked to take a deep breath and hold it, and then a muscle is re-tested to determine any change. The doctor may have the patient touch various areas of their skull while a muscle is tested. Dysfunction of the skull is called a cranial fault. If one is found, a specific gentle pressure, the direction of which is determined by examination, will be applied to the skull, usually with a specific phase of respiration. If the correction is successful, there will be an immediate improvement of the previously poor muscle test.
Meridian Therapy:The ancient Chinese developed a system of treating disease and maintaining health that balances the energy in what are called meridians. By using Applied Kinesiology techniques, the flow of energy in the meridians can be evaluated and corrected if off balance. Correction can be made by many methods of stimulation. The patient will note an immediate improvement in muscle function after meridian balancing.
Nutrition and Adverse Chemicals:The effect of nutrition and chemicals on health is not totally understood. Modern science is making great strides in furthering this knowledge. Examination to find the cause of a health problem should take many factors into consideration. Hair and skin quality, color of the whites of the eyes, feelings of glands, organs, and muscles, and other observations offer initial clues for further examinations or special tests may follow.
Nutritional items, when chewed, stimulate the nerve endings in the mouth. This may have an immediate effect on muscle function. For example, if the muscle associated with the liver is weak and vitamin A is indicated for liver support, chewing vitamin A or a carrot may cause immediate and dramatic improvement of the muscle’s function. Conversely, if a toxic chemical is causing a problem in the liver, a muscle associated with the liver will test poorly immediately after the toxic substance is chewed or inhaled.
All aspects of examination should correlate and lead to the final diagnosis and recommendation for treatment.
Muscle testing helps the doctor determine the type of treatment needed, also it helps determine the progress being obtained. As treatment progresses, the patient will observe muscles that once functioned poorly now test strong. This, of course, is because the body is now functioning in a normal manner. When health is back to its maximum level, the doctor can use Applied Kinesiology procedures to help maintain health by finding poor function and correcting the problem before symptoms develop.
Dr. Bobak is certified in Applied Kinesiology, and can find the cause of your health problems.