Applied Kinesiology is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing to examine how a person’s body is functioning. 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.
The Basic Premise
The basic premise for AK lies on the assumption that the entire body works as a unit with each component affecting the whole system. Thus, anything that affects the inside of the body will also affect the outside.
Since we know that what happens on the inside of the body effects the outside, a thorough evaluation of the outside of the body will lead to valuable clues about the internal health and function of each patient.
Muscle testing as a form of Diagnosis
The defining premise of AK is the manual muscle test which correlates each muscle of the body with a different organ system of the body. By testing each muscle of the body we can understand more thoroughly what is happening inside the body.
The developer of AK, George Goodheart, believed in a “Triad of Health” based on the following:
- Every patient is unique
- Health depends upon establishing and maintaining balance in chemistry, structure, and emotions.
- The neuro-musculo-skeletal system provides a window into the body through which a trained physician can assess the effects of mechanical, chemical and emotional stress