Imagine for a moment that you had a chiropractor, acupuncturist, naturopath, homeopath, and nutritionist all on your health care team. Now imagine they are all in the same room communicating with each other on the best route to take for your health needs. And as a bonus, they all understood each other.
You would feel like you were in good hands wouldn’t you.
If this sounds intriguing to you then you need to be under the care of an Applied Kinesiologist. Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a diagnostic technique like none other. Born out of traditional chiropractic and nurtured with Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts, AK gets to the root of ill health, and gets there fast. At times for AK practitioners, it almost seems too easy.
In the midst of our current health care debacle, we need a radical shift in how we treat patients, and AK affords just that. A way to simplify the process and get back to the roots of human physiology. Expensive procedures are usually not needed.
So what is it?
Applied Kinesiology is a system of evaluating body function by means of muscle testing. It is both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. Muscle testing acts as a functional neurological tool that tells the doctor how well the patient’s nervous system is able to communicate with the organs, glands, joints, and other bodily structures.
AK is an interdisciplinary field and takes techniques from many other healing art disciplines such as physical medicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, and nutrition, and combines them into a workable and reproducible system that any doctor can use in his practice.
AK has many techniques that can be used to treat a wide variety of problems such as disc bulges and small herniations, TMJ dysfunction, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc. The techniques of muscle testing can also test for problematic areas such as food/chemical sensitivities, chronic infections, inflammation, and some organ dysfunction. All of the test findings are then correlated with the patient’s history and any other imaging procedures such as MRI, x-ray, or blood testing.
At the heart of the philosophy is the Triad of Health, comprised of the three main factors to good health. Structure, chemistry, and emotions.
Each of these factors must be balanced to achieve, lasting good health. If one side of the triangle becomes deficient, poor health is the result.
Forming the base of this triad is structure. It has been said that structure determines function. Without a proper functioning structural system, undue strain is placed on the body.
Structure: This includes the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and organs of the body. Muscle dysfunction found with AK, causes abnormal strain across joints causing pain and dysfunction. But the ramifications don’t stop there. Without proper spinal joint function, conditions like allergies, indigestion, headaches, and the like are much more prevalent.
Without proper joint motion, the nerves of the body are stressed. Many of these nerves lead to organs and glands throughout the body. Stressed nerves equal stressed organs and glands.
Chemical: The chemical side of the triad is very important, and a cause of concern in our modern world. At no other time in history have we eaten food with such minimal nutritional value and been exposed to so many toxic substances. Not to mention the enormous amounts of drugs the population is taking directly, and indirectly through the food chain.
Without proper nutritional balance it is impossible to have a healthy body free of disease. The digestive system become dysfunctional, the immune system crashes, and the toxins are too much to handle.
Applied Kinesiology can aid the practitioner in finding the exact right combination of supplements, and the right diet for each individual person. This is invaluable in recovering from an illness or condition quickly and keeping yourself healthy for the long haul.
Mental: The emotional side of the triad of health can also not be ignored. Negative habits, repressed memories, limiting beliefs, and flat out mental stress can have drastic consequences on a persons structure and body chemistry.
AK has several techniques to help diffuse the stress and reprogram limiting beliefs and negative habits.
All in all, Applied Kinesiology brings together the best of the best in terms of therapies and diagnostic tools into one integrated system. It is truly the health care of the future. Very effective, and very cost efficient.