CHIROPRACTIC & APPLIED KINESIOLOGY
Powerful, Yet Gentle Techniques
I have been a Doctor of Chiropractic for the last 37 years and practice gentle chiropractic with a specialty in Applied Kinesiology. There are many techniques within the field of chiropractic, with a variety of styles and orientations. I choose to practice with gentle methods because this style has felt the best to my own body as well as my patients. The principle and practice of Applied Kinesiology explained below is the most comprehensive chiropractic method available. As you read further you will see how special the combination of Chiropractic Applied Kinesiology and Functional Medicine dovetail together seamlessly.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis that uses testing of muscles as a primary feedback mechanism to determine body functions. AK is used to both find the exact functional diagnosis, and uncover the best therapy for your unique needs. The focus of AK is to treat the factors regulating health, called the Triad of Health, in order to restore balance.
Muscle testing is only part of an AK-focused functional healthcare approach. Specialty exams drawn from both conventional and functional medicine, such as physical exams, dietary history, and laboratory exams (blood, saliva, urine, stool analysis, etc) are used to form a more complete picture of your health. AK provides an accurate diagnosis of the way your body functions, a clear understanding of the interplay between all parts of the body systems, and exact knowledge of how to restore optimal body function.
The Applied Kinesiologist finds the disturbance in the body, determines how to fix it, determines if the correction was successful, and most importantly whether the correction has lasted. If the correction is not stable, further examination is done to find the reason so it can be eliminated and ultimately support the patient’s healing.
Applied Kinesiology draws together the core elements of many complimentary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare. The father of AK, Dr. George Goodheart Jr. DC, DIBAK, has said, “The opportunity to use the body as an instrument of analysis is unparalleled in modern therapy.”
Therapies utilized can include specific gentle joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, supplements, dietary and lifestyle management, various reflex procedure, and emotional release techniques.
The Triad of Health
Applied Kinesiology describes three basic causes of health problems: structural, biochemical, and mental-emotional-spiritual. The Triad of Health concept is that true health is a balance of these three aspects. All heath problems are involved with one or all sides of the triangle. Applied Kinesiology enables the doctor to evaluate the Triad’s functional balance, and direct therapy to the imbalanced side or sides. The doctor who is aware of the Triad of Health and evaluates every patient for all three sides increases her ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient’s problem. Physical pain can be caused by one or all three sides of the triangle.
Structural - Trauma in day to day life produce physical imbalances can cause muscular and neurological damage affecting the body’s ability to function.
Biochemical - Everyone experiences stress in life. Prolonged stress causes biochemical changes that alter function in all aspects of the body like hormones, fatigue, sleep, digestion, blood sugar. Toxicity in our food, air and water intensify the problems.
Mental/Emotional/ Spiritual - Lack of inner peace, an inability to face difficult circumstances, and a lack of spiritual a beliefs can lead to imbalances and ill health.