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Applied Kinesiology is an alternative medicine diagnostic tool and treatment developed by chiropractor George Goodheart, Jr. forty years ago. It is a strength resistance test based on the link between muscles, glands and organs. Muscle strength is tested and the strength of the muscle is believed to be related to the health of the organ or area of the body being tested.
Applied Kinesiology is based on the philosophies of other holistic therapies, including osteopathy, chiropractic, meridian therapy, and physical manipulation. Each movement has an active muscle that is “on” and an opposing muscle that turns “off”. Muscular imbalances are corrected using manual pressure on the muscle as well as other techniques.
Applied Kinesiology is used by the Weston chiropractors at Windmill Health Center for two purposes: 1) diagnostic and 2) treatment. Muscle testing is used to help diagnose what is functioning abnormally. This can be a problem with the nervous system, the lymphatic drainage, the vascular supply to a muscle or organ, a nutritional excess or deficiency, a problem with the cranial-sacral – TMJ mechanism, an imbalance in the meridian system or a host of other problems. Testing individual muscles in an accurate manner and determining what effects the relative strength of the muscle when combined with knowledge of the basic mechanics and physiological functioning of the body helps to more accurately diagnose what is going wrong.
Secondly, Windmill Health Center uses kinesiology to treat our Weston chiropractic patients. Kinesiology can be used to treat structural imbalances and muscle and joint problems. It is also used as an indicator of organ dysfunction. As Applied Kinesiologists, we adapt different treatment methods to the problem that has been diagnosed.
For example, the deltoid muscle is believed to be related to the lungs, so a muscle test on the deltoid muscle is an indicator of the health of the lungs. If the muscle is weak due to a chronic infection, the Applied Kinesiologist would likely use techniques to stimulate blood and nerve function, lymphatic drainage, and acupuncture energy. When the illness is resolved, the deltoid muscle will have improved function.
Another application of Applied Kinesiology is to detect food allergies and sensitivities. Foods that cause allergic reactions are believed to cause reversible muscle weakness. Applied kinesiology practitioners such as our Weston chiropractors have clients place samples of foods into their mouth one at a time while muscle tests are performed (this would be used for foods causing sensitivity rather than severe allergies causing anaphylactic shock).
Think of your body like a car. If you look under the hood, you’ll find out what’s wrong. Dr. Browner & Dr. Behar use muscle testing as a tool to “check under the hood” of the body. To test muscles, we ask patients to resist when we gently push on different parts of the body. If certain areas react weakly, we knows those parts need attention.
At that point, we help to remove the blocks that prevent your body from healing itself.
As Weston chiropractors, we care for the whole body. From our Weston chiropractic office, we offer both chiropractic and alternative medicine therapies. Imagine freedom from back pain, allergies or sciatica. Picture relief from headaches, neck or back pain and arthritis. From our Windmill Health Center, let us get you to whole body wellness.