Applied Kinesiology

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology is a type of alternative medicine assessment and treatment developed by chiropractor George Goodheart, Jr. It is a strength resistance test based on the physical connection between muscles, glands and organs. Muscle strength is tested and the strength of the muscle is said 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 alternative 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.

Conditions Treated

Applied kinesiology is used by the chiropractic profession to treat structural imbalances and muscle and joint problems. It is also used as an indicator of organ dysfunction.

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 resolved, the deltoid muscle would have improved function.

Applied Kinesiology is also used in alternative medicine to identify the vitamins and supplements needed to resolve a health condition.
For example, if the deltoid muscle is weak due to a chronic lung infection, the applied kinesiologist will test several herbs and vitamins by placing them, one at a time, on the tongue and retesting the deltoid muscle. The supplement that improves the deltoid muscle function the greatest is the chosen supplement.
Proponents of Applied Kinesiology believe that the substance on the tongue stimulates nerve endings and different brain regions.

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 have clients place samples of foods into the 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).

What a Typical Treatment is Like

During the interview, the client history is recorded and the practitioner does a physical assessment, noting imbalances in posture and gait. Muscle testing is then done. The results of the testing may indicate the need for physical manipulation or stimulation of acupuncture points.

Using Applied Kinesiology

Due to the limited research, it's too soon to recommend applied kinesiology as an assessment tool or treatment for any condition.

 It's also important to note that self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences. If you're considering using applied kinesiology for any health purpose, make sure to consult your physician first.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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