What is Applied Kinesiology?
Applied kinesiology (AK) is a technique used to assess body structure problems by identifying weak (neurologically under-facilitated) muscles.
Applied kinesiology is based on the idea that muscle dysfunction or pain can be caused a number of internal triggers. Some of these triggers may be obvious, like an injury or nerve entrapment. However, there are other potential causes of muscular inhibition, which functional muscle testing may help to uncover.
By identifying areas of muscle weakness, a health practitioner using muscle testing can locate the source of the muscle weakness, and together with a detailed chiropractic, orthopaedic, neurological exam as well as an extensive history taking, develop a personalised treatment plan to address the problem(s).
What does a standard appointment of Applied Kinesiology look like?
Your first AK session will include a detailed questionnaire regarding your health, history, and lifestyle. Mr Gliddon will then use gentle manual muscle testing to determine whether you have any signs of muscle weakness. This initial testing will be combined with other diagnostic procedures likes physical examination and laboratory tests as well neurological, orthopaedic, and postural testing.
Applied kinesiology is an interdisciplinary practice, not a treatment procedure itself, which means treatments could include chiropractic care, massage and myofascial release, nutritional counselling, and more. Mr Gliddon will work with you to develop an individualised treatment plan based on your specific needs and in accordance with your diagnosis and the best available evidence on your condition.
What is the history of Applied Kinesiology?
Applied Kinesiology was developed in the 1960s by a chiropractor named George Goodheart whose observations of patients with back problems refuted the long-held belief that muscle spasms were the primary cause of back pain. Through careful observation and treatment, Mr Goodheart realised that pain is related to a number of factors in the body including the blood vascular system, the lymphatic system, the nervous system, the meridian system, and cerebrospinal fluid flow.
He discovered that proper diagnosis of any patient must take into account all these systems. Mr Goodheart found that muscle weakness was often correlated with organ dysfunction and that strengthening dysfunctional muscles could assist in the alleviation of many health conditions.
Mr Goodheart started to teach his methods to other chiropractors and health practitioners in what would soon be called applied kinesiology. In 1973, the International College of Applied Kinesiology was founded and is now well-established in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan, Russia, and Australia.
Richard Gliddon uses applied kinesiology to enhance his chiropractic care for patients in South West London. At SpineCentral, we’ve seen how applied kinesiology may improve functional assessment and open the way for more individualised, holistic care plans. If you live in Teddington, Kingston, Hampton, or South West London, we can help you achieve effective pain relief. Call our office for an appointment today at 020 8941 4410.