Applied Kinesiology just means muscle testing, as it applies to the human body. Muscles move the bones, so it makes sense that a chiropractic doctor should also look at these. There seems to be a lot of skepticism though in the general medical community about the validity of Applied Kinesiology but that’s okay; they were also skeptical about Chiropractic. It’s a great system to use because it can give you information about your body that no other technique can. It can be used to determine where your problems really are and also if the treatment given was effective or not. We can test your muscles by isolating each one and it should be able to contract normally and maintain a resistance from the start. A patient may have problems because they have weak muscles , but what made the muscle weak? There are five main reasons why a muscle stops working properly and we try to figure out which one of the five it is. These include the nerve supply to the muscle (pinched nerve), buildup of waste products in the muscle (circulation), acupuncture energy supplied to the muscle (acupuncture), a certain nutrient deficiency to the muscle (nutrition) , or a larger problem involving the skull and breathing pattern (from Sacro-Occipital Technique). Going a little deeper into Applied Kinesiology, we can also use a strong muscle as an “indicator muscle” and have the patient touch different areas of the body and watch for weakening of that strong muscle. This doesn’t tell you “what” is wrong, it just gives you the location of a problem. It is then up to the doctor’s knowledge and experience to determine the nature of “what” it is. Watch some of these videos below to see it in action. This video below shows how we take care of someone who has a “facet syndrome” or jamming of the joints of the lower back.
Applied Kinesiology was developed by Dr. George Goodheart back in the 1960’s. It began simply enough when he observed a weak muscle in a patient and found that if it was rubbed on, it became strong again. That humble beginning later evolved into finding other reasons why a muscle would be weak.
When I am checking someone’s shoulder, I’m just isolating each muscle in the shoulder looking for a weak and painful muscle. This would indicate a rotator cuff problem. Strong muscles everywhere would rule out this as the cause. Painful range of motion at the ninety degree point usually indicates a bursitis and he responded very well to acupuncture and an adjustment.
Applied Kinesiology, or muscle testing, is such an amazing tool to use!
This video shows some of the more advanced ways of using Applied Kinesiology. A muscle should always be strong unless something negative acts on the body that makes the muscle weaken. Here we are testing a patient for food allergies and then using acupuncture to help the body strengthen itself against it.
Denver Chiropractor Robert Ebeling DC, PC of
A-Just-A-Ble Chiropractic Center
1380 S Santa Fe Dr #103
Denver, CO 80223