Founded by Dr. George Goodheart in 1964, Applied Kinesiology (A.K.) is a non-invasive, holistic diagnostic technique. Rather than focusing on a symptom, A.K. evaluates the whole person, taking the entire Triad of Health into account.
The Triad consists of 3 aspects of health: structural, chemical, and emotional. Because A.K. addresses all of these, a patient’s health issues are often resolved much faster than with conventional diagnostic methods.
Applied Kinesiology “listens” to the body itself to diagnose. During an A.K. workup, the practitioner evaluates the real-time response of specific muscles to sensory-motor input. He or she obtains a thorough history of the patient’s health, employs orthopedic and neurological testing, and often utilizes laboratory work in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the patient’s state of health.
A.K. is a diagnostic procedure, not a treatment; but it is used to determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient. In contrast to conventional medicine, which focuses on symptoms and assumes they mean the same thing in every person, A.K. recognizes the individual nature of various health problems and treatment is tailored accordingly.
To help the patient restore a state of health, a physician skilled in A.K. has many more treatment options available than the conventional physician, who has just a few pharmaceuticals at his or her disposal to “treat” various symptoms. In contrast, the alternative physician addresses the root cause of the symptoms as revealed through Applied Kinesiology, and may employ any of a wide range of safe, effective treatments, such as:
Despite the fact that the lymphatic system removes waste from body tissues and is the largest fluid-carrying network in the body, it is frequently ignored by health practitioners. Yet the lymphatic system can provide diagnostic clues and insights into treatment, as first observed by the technique’s namesake, Dr. Frank Chapman.
Dr. Chapman was a practicing osteopath in the 1920s. He observed tender, nodular areas in various places on the body that indicated lymphatic congestion. Dr. Chapman found that applying vigorous massage to specific areas of nodulation resulted in improvement in the patient’s health condition. In other words, the patients got better following Dr. Chapman’s targeted massage technique, known as stimulating Chapman’s “lymphatic reflexes.”
Researchers have since discovered the correlative relationship between muscular dysfunction and organ dysfunction, and in turn, between muscular strength response and improved organ function. Stimulation of Chapman’s reflexes often results in favorable symptom responses, which is suggestive of organ function improvement.
These are just some of the treatment options and procedures the practitioner can choose from, based on the results of the A.K. examination. A.K. is truly individualized, with the aim of restoring and maintaining a person’s health and wellbeing for a lifetime.
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