Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating the function of the body, is unique in the healing arts and has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.
The combined terms "applied" and "kinesiology" describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. Muscle testing involves having the patient try to match the pressure of the doctor as s/he gently presses against a part of the body thereby activating a particular muscle group.
AK combines the most effective health care disciplines in order to evaluate, diagnose, and treat most health care problems. Treatments may involve specific chiropractic adjustments, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupressure skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, stress reduction techniques, evaluating environmental irritants (allergies, toxins) and various reflex procedures.
AK evaluates what we call the "triad of health" as seen in the logo above: the structural, biochemical and mental/emotional sides of a person. All health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one or more parts or all parts of the triad.
AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad's functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient's health problem.
AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology Board of Standards. These skills are refined from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy etc. Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).