Applied Kinesiology (A.K.) is a dynamic, diagnostic system that utilizes manual muscle testing to analyze and correlate the bodys health imbalances involving nutritional needs, structural weaknesses, meridian therapy and emotional/psychological influences.
In its inception, Dr. George Goodheart, the founder of Applied Kinesiology, observed that a muscle response to manual muscle testing was not based on its size or strength. He noticed by stimulating various aspects of the muscle in different ways, he could change any muscles response from weak to strong or strong to weak. These insights brought about numerous therapies to improve musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
During this formative stage of A.K., Dr. Goodheart came across another unexpected finding: improved muscle response to testing was paralleled by improved organ function. This lead to a new understanding: muscles and organs affect each other and any modality that affected one would directly or indirectly affect the other. Muscle testing could now potentially begin to differentiate organic and musculoskeletal influences with any problem or complaint.
With this exciting new discovery, a natural expansion for muscle testing was on the horizon. The next critical link to gather information about the bodys imbalances was to challenge the body; to see how the muscle responds under a slight stress. A challenge is a stimulus applied to the body through any of the five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and sound. If any of theses challenges are experienced as an insult to the body, it temporarily interrupts the neurological signals to the muscle and changes the muscle test from strong to weak i.e. when a food placed in the mouth creates a weakness it reveals a sensitivity or allergy to that food. This indicates a weakness in the system and it becomes the practitioners challenge to determine why the muscle weakened and then figure out the appropriate correction i.e. vitamin, acupuncture therapy, cranial adjustment etc. Once the correction is given, the original stimulus is re-applied and the muscle is re-tested. If the correction was the right one, the muscle will now test strong even under the duress of the stimulus. If it weakens again, further corrections are pursued until the appropriate one is found.
The reverse is also true. If a muscle initially tests weak and a stimulus is applied through one of the five senses that the body experiences as beneficial i.e., mineral in the mouth, it will improve the neurological input to that muscle. In response, the muscle will immediately test strong. The body is now informing us that this specific stimulus used therapeutically, will assist the individual to improve his or her health.
Can more than one from of therapy be needed? Yes. Quite often multiple therapies are required because the weak muscle is an indicator of ongoing problems requiring attention. Only when the body receives what it needs will the muscles remain strong.
This simple approach opens the door to allow the practitioner to develop
specific therapeutic programs tailored to each individuals need. Though
two people may be suffering with the same condition i.e. PMS, their
therapeutic requirements may differ. For example, supplementation (evening
primrose oil or black currant seed oil) and dosage levels (number of
grams or milligrams per day) will be determined and may vary from person
to person. Allergies offer a similar perspective. While several people
may be allergic to the same foods or outdoor allergens, one may need
quercitin as natural anti-histamine and the other will benefit from
zinc. It is this ability to decipher individual need that makes A.K.
so unique in the healing fields.