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.
These functional aberrations may be but not limited to:
Imbalance in the Chinese Meridian systems
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.
"Real" AK doctors are either listed at the ICAKUSA.com website or have a diploma on their wall saying that they took the 100 hr AK course and passed the certification exam.
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.