Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) was developed by Dr. George Goodheart, DC in the early 1960’s. He was one of the great pioneers of the Chiropractic Profession with whom Dr. Dittmer had the honor and privilege to learn from. He came up with a new idea for working with muscles. People talk about muscles being tight or in spasm, causing pain and pulling the spine out of alignment. Dr. Goodheart concluded that it wasn’t really muscle spasm causing the trouble, but that weak muscles on one side of the body were causing normal muscles on the opposing side to become or seem tight. So, rather than working the tight muscles, applied kinesiology techniques work to strengthen the opposing weak muscles. Applied Kinesiology, the science of muscle activation, uses muscle testing techniques to determine the need for and effectiveness of treatment.

Using applied kinesiolgy, the muscle balancing technique, we will be testing for specific muscle weaknesses and treating them. You should realize, however, that we are not just treating muiscles. The body is all one thing, a coherent whole, with many different inter-related systems and functions. And by correcting the muscle weakness of a particular muscle, you may also be influencing a related organ or gland because they share a lymph vessel or an acupucture meridian. For example, when we have improved the muscle by restoring the energy flow to this system, this also gives relief to the organ which is sharing that system.

Beyond balancing muscles, applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis. Using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism, it is possible to examine how a person’s body is functioning including how the body is specifically misaligned, organ and gland function, and nutrient deficiencies. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.

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