Applied Kinesiology

Applied KinesiologyDuring the 1960s, 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, acupucture, and cerebrospinal fluid function. This system is called Applied Kinesiology.

Muscle tests are applied to different areas of the body in a manner that evaluates a specific muscle. You will note from your examination that some muscles test strong and others appear extremely weak; perhaps the same muscle functions well on one side and poorly on the other. The weakness indicates not only poor muscle function, but also trouble with the organ and/or other tissue on the same nerve, vascular, and nutritional grouping. Further evaluation by the doctor reveals the "controlling" factor that might be at fault. If the correction is successful, there will be a remarkable improvement in the muscle test.

Since nerves control body functions, including all the major systems, it is essential that a doctor be able to evaluate all the nerves in the body. For many years, it has been easy for doctors to generally evaluate the peripheral nervous system, which controls muscles and elicits sensations such as hot, cold, deep touch, and soft touch. Applied kinesiology gives a doctor added ability to evaluate function of the nervous system, which controls organs, glands, and other tissues. This information is combined with other diagnostic findings to enhance the examination. Applied KinesiologyThe illustration to the right is a schematic showing how a nerve or other controlling factor branches to control this muscle and also the kidney. Actually, the common patterns of control are much more complex than this illustration indicates. The "neuronal pools", or meridian system, may be involved, as well as many other factors. The muscle involvement provides the chiropractor with an opportunity to determine when the nerve or some other factor is returned to normal and the body is "turned on".

You will be pleased with Dr. Bell's addition of applied kinesiology to her other diagnostic methods. It not only helps her determine the type of treatment needed, but it also helps both of you determine the progress to be obtained. As your treatment progresses, you will observe muscles that once functioned poorly now test strong. This, of course, is because your body is now functioning normally.