Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a collected and tested body of clinical tools to diagnose and treat.
Applied Kinesiology muscle testing uses the anatomical mechanisms of muscle individuality, function and movement. Although there are lots of different types and techniques of muscle testing, Applied Kinesiology practitioners are doctors (chiropractors, medical doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and dentists) who have completed formal training, testing, and certification by the International College of Applied Kinesiology.
“Weak muscles” are actually improperly inhibited
All the major muscles of the body can be isolated and tested for strength individually. This requires a good understanding of anatomy, as well as the ability to see clues in a patient’s posture and gait. Weak muscles identified in this system are not “exercise deficiency” weakness, there is some disconnect in the nervous system that can be restored quickly. They are, in actuality, improperly inhibited. When the right therapy is administered, there is instant positive clinical feedback.
“Strong muscles” properly facilitate.
When all of the muscles in the body are able to properly facilitate and inhibit, there is better structural integrity around the spine and other joints, and better health ensues. This also facilitates better nervous system function by normalizing proprioceptive feedback. Chiropractic adjusting, when used with muscle testing, is shown to restore proper patterns of facilitation and proper inhibition with musculoskeletal movement. This is foundational in all kinesiological therapeutic efforts.