Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiology (AK), also known as muscle testing and manual muscle testing, is a method that can be used to make a diagnosis or to determine the treatment for an illness. The technique tests muscles for their strengths and weaknesses. The theory behind applied kinesiology is that issues with any organ are correlated to weaknesses in the muscles that correspond to them. One example of this is that a weakness in the muscles of the lower back could be related to problems with the lungs. Those who practice applied kinesiology believe if they can locate the weakened muscle, they can then pinpoint the illness causing it, allowing for more informed decisions regarding treatment. The belief is that if the weakened muscles can be made stronger, the corresponding internal organs will become stronger too.

Reasons for Muscle Weakness

Those who practice applied kinesiology think that muscle weakness can be the result of a variety of different energy disruptions inside the body. Some of these disruptions include:

  •  Nerve damage
  •  Reduction in blood supply
  •  Insufficient drainage within the lymph system
  •  Organ and gland issues
  •  Chemical imbalances

Use of Applied Kinesiology

If such a diagnosis is made using applied kinesiology, practitioners suggest that the patient confirm it with more traditional methods such as x-rays or lab tests. While applied kinesiology is normally used only for purposes of evaluation, some have claimed that a session of applied kinesiology could result in the “spontaneous remission” of cancer. Doctors, chiropractors, nurses, naturopaths, and other healthcare workers can be applied kinesiologists. Patient assessments are made by watching the posture, gait, range of motion, muscle strength and also by touching the patient. This assessment is combined with lab tests, full physical exams, and the taking of a complete health history to make a diagnosis. During the applied kinesiology treatment, the patient is sometimes asked to maintain a particular part of the body in a certain position. The practitioner then tries to move that body part out of that position in order to determine if there are any internal imbalances. Pressing on specific “trigger points” in the body can expose any muscle weaknesses. Muscle strength can be returned by manually stimulating the muscles and using relaxation techniques. The applied kinesiology treatment may also include changes in diet, manipulating of the joints and head, along with other procedures.

While some documented cases of applied kinesiology treatments have proven to be successful, the necessity for more scientific data remains. Applied kinesiology is not yet considered a diagnostic tool or a cure for cancer or other diseases. However, those diagnosed with mesothelioma or other cancers might consider an altertantive therapy, such as applied kinesiology, in accordance with their other treatments.