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What Exactly is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) can be divided into two distinct parts.

An aid to diagnosis, muscle testing is used to help diagnose what is functioning abnormally. There may be a problem with the nervous system, the lymphatic drainage, the blood supply to a muscle or organ, a nutritional excess or deficiency, a problem with the cranial-sacral/TMJ (jaw) mechanism, allergies, an imbalance in the meridian system or a host of other problems. Determining what affects the relative strength of the individual muscles combined with knowledge of the body's mechanics and functioning helps to accurately diagnose what is going wrong.

The second part of AK is treatment. Member doctors of International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) use an array of treatment methods. Nutrition, chiropractic manipulation, cranial techniques, acupuncture meridian therapies, myofascial techniques, nervous system coordination procedures and control of the vascular and nervous system may be used to balance the body.

Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines. Accurate, scientific muscle testing, in addition to the doctor's basic knowledge, helps direct the care to exactly what the patient needs, instead of what the doctor has been trained to do.

More information at the International College of Applied Kinesiology.