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Applied Kinesiology

kinesiology definition

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a modern method of alternative therapy that was initiated by George Goodheart D.C in 1964. According to the definition of International College of Applied Kinesiology this therapy is based on chiropractic, and requires manual manipulation of muscles and spine.

It also claims to combine traditional Chinese medicine methods, the concept of chi and meridians of acupuncture. The followers of AK propose that muscles reflect the flow of chi and an accurate measurement of muscle resistance can help them to determine the health of various organs of body and its nutritional deficiencies.

Today AK has grown considerably world over. In US alone it one of the 15 of most used chiropractic techniques and more than 43 % of chiropractors apply this method.

Kinesiology Methods

AK tests muscles as a diagnostic method. Normally AK patient lie down and raise their dominant arm which is evaluated for function of specific muscles treatment. According to AK practitioners, applying the proper therapy leads to improvement in the muscle and physical, chemical and mental imbalances of the body are resolved.

The nutrient testing in AK claims to reflect response of nervous system to stimulation of gustatory and olfactory nerve receptors by various tested substance. Patients are asked to chew or suck certain items to determine the nutrient levels in the body.

Some of the AK practitioners also assert that if practiced correctly, it is also an effective way to detect lies.

Types of Applied Kinesiology

The associated branches of AK are

Applied Kinesiology and Science

Despite all the claims of its practitioners and proponents, Applied Kinesiology is considered a pseudoscience by the mainstream medical practitioners and scientists.

Various empirical tests and clinical trials have been conducted on the proposed methods and techniques in AK but none of them has been ever validated. According to eminent medical scientists and doctors the concepts of AK are far removed from the scientific facts about cause and effects of diseases.

Applied Kinesiology and Academic Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology should not be confused with Kinesiology or academic Kinesiology. While AK is a widely regarded as a pseudo science, proper Kinesiology on contrary is name of scientific study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to the human movement. Kinesiology has direct applications to fitness and health, including developing exercise programs for people with and without disabilities, preserving the independence of older people, preventing disease due to trauma and neglect, and rehabilitating people after disease or injury