What is Applied Kinesiology (AK)?
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates physical, chemical and emotional aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK is a non-invasive system that combines skills from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy etc. Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).
What is it like to be treated by an Applied Kinesiologist?
A session with an AK doctor revolves around muscle testing. The purpose of muscle testing is not purely mechanistic; it’s not about whether the muscle is testing at a four out of five or a five out of five. It’s a conversation with your body. As a practitioner, I’m asking your body, “Is there 100 percent function here? How about here? Well, how about over here?” I’m listening to learn if your muscles are functioning to the best of their ability.
Once a weak or disconnected muscle is discovered, the next part of our conversation—or our “dance,” as I like to think of the art of applied kinesiology—is to determine the cause of that weakness. I will touch or I will have you touch areas of your body that correlate with nerve, neurolymphatic, neurovascular, acupunctural, emotional, or nutritional reflex points and look to see what makes you “stronger.” Based on the positions I place you in or the reflex points I have you touch, muscles will seem to magically become weaker or stronger. This test is giving me feedback about what’s working for you and what isn’t. My best recommendation is to simply let go and allow the conversation to happen.
Once I’ve found the part of the body that needs help, and we’ve also found the reflexes that need to be corrected to allow you to heal. What does that mean? We need to look for subluxations.
A subluxation is any physical, chemical or emotional stress that is keeping you from expressing your best self. The adjustment—or correction—is the clearing of the subluxation or the removal of whatever is preventing you from being your best self. The last part of your visit is all about correcting what we have found. At our office, the correction might be a chiropractic adjustment to the spine, specific types of soft tissue work, therapeutic laser, exercises, teaching you how to meditate, teaching you what to eat, advising what supplements to take and more.
How is a visit with an applied kinesiologist different from any other chiropractic visit?
Many people think chiropractors are exclusively back pain doctors and neck pain doctors, but there is a difference between chiropractic as an art and chiropractic as pain management. If all you desire is increased range of motion and some temporary relief from pain, then there are plenty of great chiropractors out there to help you naturally eliminate aches and pains. But if what you are looking for is an expert in the body who can guide you to understand how to truly be healthy, then find an applied kinesiology practitioner, a principled chiropractor—or both—who will teach you what it truly means to be healthy.
Check out this case study to hear how applied kinesiology helped one of Dr. Piken’s patients.
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