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Applied Kinesiology - A Diagnostic Tool for Holistic Health

Applied kinesiology is an approach to examining muscle movements and function in relation to physical and mental health. Advocates of the technique claim that muscle testing procedures—that is, particular biomechanical tests—can determine the strengths and weaknesses of an individual's musculature. According to applied kinesiology practitioners, muscular health can be determined by examining gait, posture, and range of motion.

Additionally, such practitioners will utilize neurological evaluation to determine muscles’ reaction to certain chemical, physical, and mental stimuli. While the technique has proven effective in diagnosing and treating muscular deterioration, and diagnossing other diseases or disorders, advocates for the process make no claim to replace physical therapy or medical treatments. Believers in applied kinesiology only claim to relate certain muscular functions with physical and mental health, while also speeding the healing process through careful diagnostics and treatments.
Applied Kinesiology: The Approach and the Validity
Applied kinesiology is different from standard kinesiology in that it utilizes muscle examinations to determine the effects on physical and mental health. In addition, this approach is a holistic one in that the science is interested in how muscle health affects the health of the whole person in general. Because muscle functioning is so essential to our everyday lives—even the human heart is a muscle—finding a way to eliminate and treat muscle dysfunction and thereby eliminating other ailments, is the purpose of applied kinesiology.

While a number of studies have failed to show the efficacy of the kinesiology application, with critics arguing that there is no scientific justification for such methods, other research has shown that human muscle weakness and strength can be directly correlated with holistic health. To treat people using various massage therapeutic methods, practitioners often focus on muscles, tendons, and joints in an effort to release the toxins that build up in the body, which often causes stiffness, soreness, and lesser range of  muscle movements.

Because the human brain is responsible for all the movements, actions, and reactions of the body, anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders can directly affect physical health, not just muscular.

George J. Goodheart invented applied kinesiology when he discovered the ability of muscles to immediately be strengthened after experiencing intense weakness, soreness, and likewise. According to Goodheart, developing sophisticated diagnostic tools, such as those aforementioned via chemical, mental, and physical stimuli, could help physical therapists and trainers better treat muscular injuries and ailments.


After injuries, practitioners of applied kinesiology break the healing process down into three stages: 1. Reaction; 2. Regeneration; 3. Remodeling. In the reaction stage, it is important to reduce swelling and pain, thereby decreasing damage. In the regeneration state the muscles begin to rebuild damage tissue, and doctors used specialized procedures to speed this process. The remodeling stage is the most important stage as injured individuals work with the therapist to regain full muscle strength, through proper exercise regiments and relearning muscle movements.

Applied kinesiology is a valuable science because of its ability to optimize healing and determine  causal relationships between physical and mental health.

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