Define applied kinesiology: to use muscle testing or not

Kinesiology: Muscle testing is key

Applied Kinesiology is not the same as kinesiology, or biomechanics, which is the scientific study of movement. No matter one does, be it “Applied” Kinesiology or Specialized Kinesiology, muscle testing is key.

Applied kinesiology (AK) — Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis.

The doctor using AK finds a muscle that is unbalanced and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. S/he works out the treatment that will best balance the patient’s muscles. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

George Goodheart — All Kinesiology is related to the origin, being the work of chiropractic dr. George Goodheart. In 1964, he made the first correlation between finding a weak muscle and making it stronger. Since then he has looked beyond the chiropractic profession to the fields of medicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, dentistry, nutrition, biochemistry, etc. for methods to increase Health and Well being of the patient based on using the body as a diagnostic tool. Always asking “Why?”, allowed him to correlate many different types of examination and treatment procedures into a unified method of examining and then treating many difficult patients.

The Triad of Health — The balance between CHEMICAL, MENTAL and STRUCTURAL factors as major health categories. The Triad of Health is interactive and all sides must be evaluated for the underlying cause of a problem. A health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance can cause mental symptoms. AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.

Specialized Kinesiology (SK) —
Specialized Kinesiology is performed by practitioners outside the Applied Kinesiology class. We have one thing in common and that is the use of muscle testing as a means to monitor the needs of body mind spirit. It is BODY MIND SPIRIT, because muscle indications are totally dependent of the needs of this triad – that gives rise to perceived problems in our lives.

No two sessions of treatment are the same — Even for people with similar symptoms no two sessions of treatment are the same, because the person is treated as a unique individual. AK/SK’s truly holistic approach of addressing problems of Body Mind Spirit make it an especially powerful healing system. Sessions take more time then a regular routine doctor-patient intake, but the outcome is something to look out for.

Imagine a moment of time for yourself, while there is someone actually listening to you as a whole – body mind spirit. Common forms of treatment in SK practice include the use of acupressure, magnets, homeopathic remedies/ flower essences, or even a particular thought (NLP/NS). Most clients find the session a relaxing and enjoyable experience, although they may be a little mystified as to how such unusual treatments can leave them feeling so much better!

Magic of muscle testing — There is true magic in monitoring body mind spirit using muscle testing. It takes some time to be proficient, but what art is without that. Clearing your mind, positioning the arm, pushing the arm (it might as well be a leg, finger, foot, neck, it does not matter) and then feel the action. In this case testing “strong” is action too, being NO action. And acknowledge that what you experience. It is the sensation, the adjusting to the energy at hand that makes this moment a moment of awe. We gratefully thank this moment. Mahalo.

It is more than just a connection on the physical level (muscles, central nervous system etc.), it is more than an unbalance in chi … it is about the balance between CHEMICAL, MENTAL and STRUCTURAL factors as they reflect themselves in BODY MIND SPIRIT. Be critical, be sceptic … experience this moment of awe.

Rest assured no client goes home without being in balance – i.e. muscle testing “strong” on all levels, and reacting well on the spindle cell activation. Ready to enter the new era of possibilities. The gift – you as client – gave your Self.


NLP = Neuro Linguistic Programming
NS = Neuro Semantics, an excellent development based on NLP-principles

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About quinten

Practitioner of Specialized Kinesiology, The Netherlands
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