Applied Kinesiology | What An Applied Kinesiologist Can Do For You!
What if there was a way to determine exactly what your body needed to be as healthy as it can, a treatment that was specifically designed and implemented for your own bodies personal requirements. Not just the same old 4 minute visit to the doctor’s office for your medication or your adjustment, or having guesswork done on your nutritional needs (if they even do nutritional assessments). Wouldn’t it be great to visit a professional who was trained in knowing a wide range of options available to help you to achieve optimum health? Someone who assessed each person as a whole and not just by looking at one or two parts of the body? What if there was a specialization that took the best from every profession and had a non-invasive system of determining what you needed to become as healthy, vibrant and energetic as you can become? Applied Kinesiology (AK) is just that.
Applied Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, which draws together core elements of complimentary therapies, creating a more unified approach to the diagnosis and treatment of functional illnesses. Functional assessment measures are used in posture, gait analysis, manual muscle testing, range of motion, static palpation and motion analysis. These used with standard methods of clinical history, physical exam findings, etc., develop a clinical impression of the unique physiological condition of each patient including an impression of the patients functional physiological status. This can then be used as a guide to the application of conservative therapies.
Muscle testing is used as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Drawing together the core elements of many complimentary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare.
When a muscle tests weak, it is determined why it is not properly functioning and then the therapy that will best eliminate the weakness and help the patient is applied. Therapies utilized can include specific joint manipulations or mobilizations, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, and various reflex procedures. By applying the appropriate therapy, the muscle tests strong and the postural distortion will change.
It is the physician’s diagnostic workup that determines the final diagnosis.
Procedures are administered to achieve the following examination and therapeutic goals:
· Provide an interactive assessment of the functional health status of an individual which is not equipment intensive, but does emphasize the importance of correlating findings with standard diagnostic procedures.
· Restore postural balance, correct gait impairment, improve range of motion.
· Restore normal afferentation to achieve proper neurological control and/or organization of body function.
· Achieve homeostasis of endocrine, immune, digestive, and other visceral functions.
· Intervene earlier in degenerative processes to prevent or delay the onset of frank pathological processes.
AK is used as an interactive assessment tool, which enables the practitioner to use an individual’s nervous system through its end organs (the muscles) to interpret information about the function, or lack there of, in an individual of many key areas. Specifically, the identification of cumulative stress in the neuromusculoskeletal system includes an examination of structural alignment, ligamentous integrity, and muscle balancing. Strategies to promote balance and stability are used. Other goals include reduction of premature biological aging and functional neuromuscular evaluation aimed at strategies to reduce cumulative stress and up-regulate neuromuscular, immune, digestive and endocrine function.
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