The method of AK is primarily concerned with neuromuscular function and how it relates to the regulation of structural, chemical and mental physiology. It uses the principle that the body is a self-maintaining, self-correcting mechanism.
The use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function was introduced by George H. Goodheart Jr, D.C (Doctor of Chiropractic) in 1964.
The Consultation experience
The practitioner will take a full and detailed history. Above all, the patient is given time to talk, and the practitioner will be concerned with establishing a complete picture. The Applied Kinesiology practitioner will perform a wide variety of muscle tests. This is used in conjunction with standard diagnostic tests such as observation, orthopedic testing, neurological testing, palpation, vital signs and whenever relevant – X-rays, MRI, blood tests, etc to form a diagnosis.
AK provides a system whereby the practitioner works with the patient and the patient is able to be actively involved in their treatment. In this way, the patient is able to adopt a much greater sense of responsibility.
When visiting an AK practitioner, expect to be involved. Treatment may involve any combination of manipulative work, guidance in self-treatment and nutritional support.