Applied kinesiology (AK) can be defined as the clinical application of the study of movement and function. It is a continually evolving system that provides the doctor with the skills and knowledge to purposely, systematically, and logically ascertain the optimal treatment for the patient. The AK doctor determines what is not functioning within the body’s systems and gets them functioning again as a whole.
Specific muscle tests are used as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Therapies to induce or restore individual normalcy include but are not limited to: specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management, emotional support or modalities, lifestyle changes, and various reflex procedures.
Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care. It is true, functional integrative healthcare.
Dr. George Goodheart
“In 1964 Dr. Goodheart made the first correlation between finding a weak muscle using manual muscle testing and then employing chiropractic therapy to make it stronger. Since then he has looked beyond the chiropractic profession to the fields of biomedicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, dentistry, nutrition, biochemistry, and others for methods to increase the health and well being of patients based on using the body itself as a diagnostic tool.Dr. Goodheart had a unique way of looking at a patient´s problem and asking, “Why is that?” This allowed him to correlate many different types of examination and treatment procedures into a unified method of examining and then treating many difficult patients. Dr. Goodheart wrote many works on Applied Kinesiology, and lectured on the topic often. Among his many professional honors, he was the first chiropractor to serve on the U. S. Olympic Medical Team in 1980.”