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What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.

Does Applied Kinesiology replace standard examinations?

Applied Kinesiology is used in addition to standard diagnostics to help determine the cause of a health problem. For example, with certain conditions like hypoglycemia, there will be muscle patterns of weakness or strength found with AK. However, these same patterns could be present because of another nervous system problem such as disease or some type of adaptation. Only an adequate history of the person, together with standard examination procedures, radiographic and laboratory findings, will indicate the proper treatment course.

Therefore, people performing a simple muscle test and diagnosing what vitamins are needed or other information about health without standard examination is inappropriate. This is making health decisions well beyond what a simple muscle test can determine and actually may be harmful.

The determination of your need for dietary supplements requires knowledge of your symptoms along with an examination for known physical signs of imbalances and a dietary history. Blood, urine, saliva, or stool analyses may be added to the foregoing. An Applied Kinesiology examination provides additional information and can help determine what is missing and needs supplementation. Using AK, a doctor can often determine which of the many available laboratory tests are most appropriate to be performed. This can result in a more effective diagnosis while at the same time reducing health care costs.

This information was reproduced with permission from the ICAK-USA brochure.

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