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What is Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing and How Does it Work?

"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.

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


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"It's All In Your Head." How Applied Kinesiology can get your head moving right and your body to follow!



Applied Kinesiology (AK) Approach to HELPING YOU WITH HEADACHES—and other HEALTH ISSUES

As you may know, Applied Kinesiologists don’t treat conditions; we treat people. Through muscle testing we can see what IS NOT moving correctly and we get it moving again. When you visit us at the office we assess what needs to be done on an INDIVIDUAL BASIS with each and every patient.

In patients with headaches, It is very common to find that their skull is not moving properly. THAT’S RIGHT—your skull moves! It expands 2.2 millimeters every 10 seconds; according to a landmark study in the Journal of The American Osteopathic Association in 1994.

So you see, your skull is not just a big football helmet. It moves to pump cerebrospinal fluid to nourish every nerve in your body. This is why it is a good idea to come in on a regular basis to make sure all 206 bones in your body are moving properly—including your skull bones.

Just like when you can have a pinched nerve in your back; you can have a pinched nerve in your skull. 

Instead of walking around with electrodes strapped to your head (see below), doesn’t it make more sense to stimulate the nerve by un-pinching it—instead of having an electrical device (TENS) doing it artificially?


Below are diagrams of the different skull bones in the human head:

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See how the 12 Cranial Nerves (in Roman numerals) control the eyes, ears, nose, neck, jaw (TMJ), heart, lungs, stomach and intestines!? Cranial Nerve X also has a calming effect on your nervous system.

Hopefully, you now understand how getting your Cranial Bones moving properly not just helps with Headaches but also helps you with:

— Neck Pain

— Anxiety Attacks

— Heart Palpitations

— Hearing & Balance Issues

— Breathing and Lung Problems

— Digestive Disorders (GERD, gas, constipation etc)

— Eyesight problems and more

Its not Magic… It is Science properly applied!



Be well,


Dr. Eugene Charles


FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraine

Susan Jeffrey

March 11, 2014 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of the first device for the preventive treatment of migraine headaches (Cefaly, STX-Med). It is also the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device specifically authorized for use before the onset of pain, the FDA noted in a statement released today. The device, which resembles a plastic headband worn across the forehead and over the ears, stimulates the trigeminal nerve using a self-adhesive electrode in the center of the forehead. "The user may feel a tingling or massaging sensation where the electrode is applied," the FDA notes. "Cefaly is indicated for patients 18 years of age and older and should only be used once per day for 20 minutes.” The device is already available in Europe, as well as several South American and Middle Eastern countries and Canada.



Introducing the Power Kinetics™ Exercise DVD from Dr. Eugene Charles

Dr. Eugene Charles has spent nearly 25 years puttinghis weight training, martial arts, chiropractic and applied kinesiology knowledge and experience in creating Power Kinetics. It is possibly the most intelligent and synergistic workout to develop EVERYDAY STRENGTH!

Here is the only exercise program to combine all 3 workouts – Isokinetics, Isotonics, and Isometrics to prevent injuries and help rehabilitate injured joints and develop a healthy, strong and well-balanced body.


PowerKinetics™ consists of exercises using your own body to improve health, enhance performance and relieve joint pain - The stronger you get the harder the exercises gets.

Your patients are getting older; your training knowledge must get newer. Your patients can perform these at home or in your office as part of your treatment.

INCLUDES the most scientific and effective Muscle Building, Fat Metabolizing and Healthy Joint Nutritional Supplements from Power Kinetics™.

The main purpose of exercise is to make you healthier and PowerKinetics™ may be the healthiest way to work out.


Enhance your own health as well as the health of your patients with PowerKinetics™.

To order your Workout DVD and Fitness Building Vitamins go to

  "Maximize Your Performance" with PowerKinetics - Balanced Workouts for Everyday Strength