“How did my muscle just get stronger when you pressed on my spine?”
This is a common question that patients, especially athletes who tend to know their bodies very well, will ask their Applied Kinesiologist.
When you experience your first examination and treatment with a doctor who specializes in Applied Kinesiology (AK) it seems impossible that your muscles will test at apparently different strengths in a matter of seconds. The reason this is possible is that Applied Kinesiologists are not measuring your muscle’s strength… they are measuring your muscle’s function. This reading of your muscle function can change just like your blood pressure measurement can change depending on current stimuli. (i.e. White Coat Syndrome)
Not knowing that a muscle test performed by a trained Applied Kinesiologist is NOT a strength test and actually represents a reading of your nervous system and therefore can change immediately is where much of the misunderstanding of AK stems from!
This Introduction to Applied Kinesiology Video is meant for doctors. However, I think you will find it illuminating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgEyZXnqqpk
You might find it interesting to know how this innovative and growing healthcare discipline can improve your health and help you to live pain-free. Here is my explanation of What is Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing and How Does it Work?
“Applied Kinesiology (AK) muscle testing represents a window into your overall health. Instead of using manual muscle testing as a measure of ‘disability,’ your Applied Kinesiologist uses muscle testing as a measure of ‘ability’.
Before AK, the results of muscle strength testing were thought to be static like seeing a fracture on an x-ray. In 1964, Dr George Goodheart’s breakthrough discovery was that muscle ‘weakness’ was not necessarily a pathological problem, but could be a functional one.
When used as part of a thorough examination by a doctor certified in Applied Kinesiology, manual muscle testing can be a diagnostic tool as a dynamic measure of relative function not as a static label of absolute disability.
Not only can muscle testing indicate the proper therapy to treat a specific musculoskeletal condition, but Applied Kinesiologists eventually found it could be a predicator of overall health.
AK muscle testing magnifies the depth of the meaning of the muscle test similar to what a microscope does to the magnifying glass; it reveals more of what is happening deep in your physiology. This is why AK manual muscle testing can find health issues that many other less refined diagnostic tests may miss. A problem cannot exist unless a solution also exists and AK Muscle Testing may find the solution to what is causing your problem when it doesn’t show up on x-rays, MRIs or blood tests.”
Best of Health,
Dr. Eugene Charles