How Applied Kinesiology Works
Applied kinesiologists assess clients by testing not only muscle strength but by observing factors such as posture, gait, and range of motion. AK practitioners also test for food sensitivities, environmental irritants, and even emotional responses. To diagnose internal imbalances or to find muscle weakness, practitioners may ask a client to hold a body part in a particular position while they try to push it out of place; they may also press on trigger points. These observations are then combined with standard forms of diagnosis – such as physical examinations, x-rays, and lab tests – to determine cause and course of treatment.
Applied Kinesiology Treatments
AK practitioners may recommend any one of a number of treatments, including:
- Joint manipulation/mobilization
- Cranial techniques
- Myofacial therapy
- Reflex procedures
- Meridian treatments
- Dietary management
- Environmental irritant management
Goals of Applied Kinesiology
Drawing associations between muscle dysfunction and organ or gland dysfunction, goals of AK or biomechanics include:
- Assessment of functional health
- Correlation of findings with lab test results, x-rays, or other standard diagnostic procedures
- Treatment, i.e. gait impairment correction, balance restoration, range of motion improvement
- Restoration of neurologic control or body function
- Early intervention to prevent further damage
International College of Applied Kinesiology – U.S.A.
The International College of Applied Kinesiology-U.S.A. (ICAK-U.S.A.) offers certification courses for practitioners. To achieve the highest level, practitioners must complete over 300 hours of instruction, submit original research papers, and pass several proficiency exams. The growing number of professionals becoming certified in AK include doctors, nurses, chiropractors, physiotherapists, nurses, massage therapists, dentists, and nutritionists. In addition, ICAK shares knowledge via their publications and conferences.