Kinesiology is the study of body movement, not to be confused with applied kinesiology.  Developed by chiropractor George J. Goodheart in 1964, applied kinesiology is a method whereby muscle strength is tested. Dr. Goodheart was able to correct a patient’s winged scapula by inserting the involved serratus anterior muscle and pressing on nodules around the source.

The basis of applied kinesiology is the thought that specific muscles are linked to specific organs and glands. Based on this thought specific muscle weaknesses may be relied on to signal internal problems with their associated organs. Practitioners who utilize applied kinesiology seek to correct the muscle weakness and thereby healing the organ associated. Serious internal problems such as chemical imbalances, nerve damage, and poor blood supply are just a few of the potential issue applied kinesiology seeks to identify and correct.

This method of healing is relatively young in the world of medicine yet is making a great impact in chiropractic medicine and beyond. The methods of treatment may vary greatly depending on the patient’s specific needs. The practitioner will utilize muscle testing to pinpoint specific health problems in the body and then develop a plan that best suits the patient’ needs. Methods range from joint manipulation to clinical nutrition and dietary management. The practitioner must first determine what may be going on underneath the surface.

There are a wide range of illnesses where applied kinesiology has seen success; diabetes, cancer, vertigo, nutritional deficiencies, headaches, and other health complications. While each practitioner may use different protocol or procedures during their diagnostic examinations there are specifics that are universal in an applied kinesiology appointment. The physician will check for blood pressure changes while the patient is lying and standing, reflexes and balance are testing as well as skin sensitivity. Additional testing methods include observing posture, gait, and range of motion along with muscle strength.

Applied kinesiology may be the perfect link between alternative and Western medicines. This system uses both conventional diagnostics and naturopathic means to diagnose and treat their patients. Many patients will seek medical advice from a practicing applied kinesiologist wanting to avoid unnecessary, expensive, and ongoing tests and procedures. Whatever the reason for seeking out applied kinesiology few patients will leave their appointments feeling let down.