Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to access how a person’s body is functioning. An AK diagnosis can help guide us toward the best form of therapy for the patient. Because AK brings together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it renders an interdisciplinary approach to health care. In general, the applied kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not at its optimal functioning state. This allows us to then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.
Recommended therapies can include specific joint manipulation or mobilization, clinical nutrition, dietary management, environmental and/or food sensitivity management, and possibly some of the other therapies that we specialize in.
The “triad of health” in AK encompasses the following: chemical, mental and structural aspects of a person to describe the proper balance of the major health categories.
The triad is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural health as its base, and the upright sides representing chemical and mental health. When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors.
The triad of health is interactive and all sides must be evaluated for the underlying cause of a problem. A health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance may cause mental symptoms. Applied kinesiology enables us to evaluate the triad’s balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.