What is Applied Kinesiology?

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During the 1960's, a new system of evaluation began to develop in chiropractic.

Dr. George Goodheart of Detroit, Michigan, found that evaluation of normal and abnormal body function could be accomplished by using muscle tests. Since the original discovery, the principle has broadened to include evaluation of the nervous, vascular and lymphatic systems, nutrition, acupuncture and cerebrospinal fluid function.

This system is called "applied kinesiology." (kih-nee'-see-awl'-oh-jee)

Muscle Tests

Muscle tests are applied to different areas of the body in a manner that evaluates a specific muscle. Some muscles will test strong and others appear extremely weak. The same muscle may function well on one side and poorly on the other.

The "weakness" indicates not only poor muscle function, but also possible trouble with the organ and/or other tissue on the same nerve grouping.

Further evaluation by the doctor reveals the controlling factor that might be at fault. If correction is successful, there will be a remarkable improvement in the muscle test.

Nerves Control All Body Functions

It has been easy for doctors to evaluate the peripheral nervous system. Now, with applied kinesiology, doctors have the ability to evaluate the nervous system that controls organs, glands and other tissues.

This information, combined with other diagnostic findings, helps give the doctor a better picture of the patient's problem. Since muscles are the major support for joints, this is a very important factor in pain.

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