A patient comes in with a problem, maybe low back pain. Most chiropractors would figure out what vertebrae /spinal nerve is involved and then adjust the segments involved.
However what is missed is why did the problem happen and how can it be fixed so that it does not happen again.
First we need to look at the muscles innervated by the spinal segment
As a Applied Kinesiologist, I test for the function of individual muscles. For example, we may find the latissimus dorsi muscle weak; that is a muscle that internally rotates, extends and adducts the arm/ shoulder. It also attracts into the lumbar and sacral vertebra and part of the pelvic crest. The weakness may seen either as a higher shoulder on the weak side or a rotation of the lumbar vertebrae. The questions to be asked are: why is the muscle weak? Is the muscle on the other side hypertonic or “too stronger.”
Is there a problem with the vascular or lymphatic drainage of that muscle? Is there a problem with the cranial-sacral system?
Is there a Lovett Brother association where a twisting of the spinal meninges affects an upper vertebrae as well as a low back spinal segment.
As a NKT practitioner, I ask “Is there a dysfunction in the coordination of muscles working in patterns?”
Is the above mentioned latissimus dorsi inhibited by the muscles that attach to the shoulder like the upper or middle trapezius or the levator scapulae or is it compensating (facilitating) for weak or inhibited muscles like the gluteus maximus or the quadratus lumborum or core muscles, for example.
Is the patient using their neck muscles in the movement of their low back?
NeuroKinetic Therapy works with that concept that movement is performed in systems or patterns. The human brain has an affinity toward habits.
NKT identifies muscle imbalances by using muscle testing to determine what muscles are inhibited and what muscles are compensating (facilitating)for them.
I would test the muscles involved in the problematic movement. After an inhibited/weak muscle is found, I would muscle test a synergistic (a helper muscle) or an antagonist muscle (an opposing muscle which is strong/facilitated that may be affecting the inhibited muscle.
That facilitated muscle would be therapy localized (the muscle is either touched or put in motion) and the inhibited muscle retested. If the TL strengthens the inhibited muscle, then I know that the TLed muscle is affecting the inhibited muscle.
And I can use AK techniques to release the TLed muscle. The inhibited muscle is then retested which should test strong now, the retesting causes a “neural lock” which reprograms the motor control center in the brain.
Stretches are given to the previously facilitated muscles and exercises given to the previously inhibited muscles in order to break the pattern that caused the low back problem.
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Applied Kinesiology (AK) can be defined as the clinical application of the study of movement and function; it is functional neurology.
AK is a system of testing and treatment that is used to assess the body’s functional aberrations.
AK always uses specific muscles for testing in different areas of the body. When a weakness is found, the question that the AK doctor has to answer is why the weakness is there ; is it due to the muscle itself, the joints it connects to, it's spinal innervation, or the organ or chinese meridian it is associated with or a problem in nutrition, etc.
Therapies to induce or restore individual normal function include but not limited to:
Chiropractic adjustive therapy
Therapeutic massage modalities
Exercise & stretches
Emotional support or modalities
With the aim of decreasing cumulative noxious stimuli below threshold and allowing the body to heal itself.
AK does not replace standard examination procedures such as neurological and orthopedic testing, blood laboratory work or X-rays but rather it is another examination tool at the doctor’s disposal.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a continually evolving system that provides the doctor with the skills and knowledge to purposefully, systematically and logically ascertain the optimal treatment of the patient.
Applied Kinesiology Is Not:
Using multiple muscles at once for testing; as in using an outstretched arm.
Testing nutritional needs by holding bottles in your hand or placing pills on the skin.
Touch for health or any other forms of evaluation using muscle testing as a simple yes-no answer system.
Testing using mental telepathy.
A simplistic cookie cutter approach to treatment.
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