Applied kinesiology (AK).
The professional dream of perhaps every physician is to make most swift and exact diagnosis then make correct prescriptions, not only effective ones, but also not carrying any by-effects and always have an opportunity to supervise the efficiency of treatment process, too. And if we speak of manual therapists or specialist in acupuncture and reflexotherapy - correctly apply therapeutic efforts and not making superfluous movements reach as fast as possible an effect and not have complications or side reactions. The doctor has the ability to diagnose the need, supply the need, and observe the results.
The patient wishes a fast prompt recovery and getting rid of sufferings and whenever possible with minimal spending of time and efforts.
Creator of the AK George Goodheart (on the left)
Is it possible?
In fact, yes!
The applied kinesiology allows looking in a new way at process diagnostics and treatment and providing fast and effective result.
Applied kinesiology came into being in 1964 when George Goodheart, Jr., D.C., of Detroit, Michigan (USA), began evaluating his patients’ muscles with manual tests. He observed that sometimes a muscle tested weak, but there was no atrophy or other reasons for weakness. It suggested the idea that in these cases muscular "weakness" depends on disturbance of the nervous system control above the muscle. (I took the word weakness in inverted commas on purpose as may be considered a true weakness of muscle.) In such a way most muscle tests done in AK do not evaluate the power a muscle can produce, rather , they evaluate how the nervous system controls muscle function. This phenomenon was named as a «muscle testing as functional neurology».
Though now, in practice of the applied kinesiology, the concept of "strong" and "weak" muscle are saved, it is more correct to think of the reaction of nervous system instead of the actually force of muscles. As G. Goodheart is a chiropractor on his elementary education and in the beginning of the practice he worked mainly with the backbone, muscles, ligaments than early discovery in the AK were directed basically at the correction of the structural disbalance, but during its work, a huge number of valuable clinical observations allowed to the AK to enter an absolutely different level of functions of organism assessment.
Logo of the AK
Having inquisitive mind and fine analytical abilities, G. Goodheart noted in the beginning and then proved that the certain muscles of the body are connected to certain internal organs, glands of internal secretion, and systems of the body, vertebra and acupuncture meridians. Then he developed these observations into a whole medical and diagnostic system.
Now the applied kinesiology allows to make a manual muscular testing (manual evaluating of tonus and force of the basic groups of muscles) for evaluating the work of organism of the man as a single, whole system including not only structural but also biochemical, mental, emotional conditions and circulation of energy. It allows at a deep level besides the work with backbone, joints, muscles, ligaments estimate disturbances of the internal organs function, glands of internal secretion, disturbance of metabolism, hormonal disbalance, etc.
Applied kinesiology in not a method but more likely a whole diagnostic approach or ideal image of clinical thinking, and it may be applied with success in different medicine departments. The AK is based on the fact that «body language» never lies. Manual muscular testing as the basic instrument of the applied kinesiology is a frank dialogue of its kind with a body of the man, and if we ask questions correctly we may receive very exact and important answers. Making the test with AK method we may:
- determine the disturbances present in the organism
- what should be done for their elimination
- check up the result at the end of treatment
Testing in the applied kinesiology is held quickly enough, dynamically and during 30-40 minutes. We may receive a very large scope of valuable diagnostic information. And it is very important using the special provocations reveal not only obvious problems but latent ones as well. It allows to diagnose diseases at the earliest stages.
For example: Predisposition to diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, etc.
It transfers the AK already in the field of preventive medicine, that is very valuable in itself (a disease is easier to warn than to treat). In the opinion of a common man, and even a physician practicing in our habitual medicine if we observe the procedure from the side, the method of the AK may seem very strange and unusual, and taking into account the achievement of sometimes simply fantastic results of even shaman of some kind. But nevertheless the applied kinesiology has in itself an absolutely scientific approach and is based on positions of the classical functional neurology. All that is happening may be explained from the scientific point of view. But results may be so impressing at times, but you may hardly believe in it.
Due to what such tremendous results are achieved?
- The basic postulate of the applied kinesiology is that the body is a self-maintaining and self-correcting system. In usual conditions, a body copes perfectly with restoring after damages and disturbances. In cases of chronic processes, there comes breakage of self-restoration mechanisms. Techniques of the AK allow defining a key problem preventing the body from restoring. And when the basic problem is resolved there happen impressing positive dynamics. The processes of restoring start to work in full force and recovering goes from within and this all seems unusual. But the applied kinesiology is not opposed to our medicine to that we used to, it is more likely than a very successful addition to it, especially when disease is complex and confused and the usual treatment does not provide the expected result.