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Applied kinesiology is a technique used to assess the tense or weakened areas within the body. It is also called muscle strength testing and is used to locate problems such as fatigued muscles, reduced blood flow, hormonal or chemical imbalances, or tissue and nerve damage. It can be used to determine underlying issues that are present without the use of invasive examination methods.

What To Expect During Your Visit

At the beginning of your visit, you will be asked to fill out paperwork and provide your detailed medical history. You will then be tested for changes within your blood pressure in different positions to determine imbalances. Your practitioner may also test your reflexes, skin sensitivity, posture and range of motion.

After they complete these initial assessments, they can begin with muscle strength testing. The theory behind the effectiveness of muscle strength testing is related to meridians. The concept of meridians was developed in Chinese medicine over thousands of years to chart the movement of energy between vital organs and throughout the body.

Your practitioner will apply pressure to a point and test the flow of energy from there. This is determined by a weakened response or the locking of the fingers that are held to form a circle. An alternative way to do muscle testing is to observe the weakening or locking response in your arms that are held straight out at your sides while you resist applied downward pressure by your practitioner for each tested area.

What Applied Kinesiology Can Help Treat

During your initial consultation, your chiropractor will assess your condition. This is done through a physical exam. A determination for a treatment plan is put together through the symptoms that you describe to the chiropractor and any mechanical disorders observed.

As part of the diagnostic process, the chiropractor will perform a posture analysis. One of the core principals of chiropractic care is that various components to your posture may be contributing to your health concerns.
You will be given time to voice your symptoms, expectations, medical history and concerns. The chiropractor will ask pointed questions that will help put together the appropriate treatment plan.

The physical examination will continue with an assessment of your ability to move. The chiropractor may test your range of motion to assess what improvements can be made through a treatment program. You may be referred for further diagnostic situations such as getting a medical opinion or having some medical imaging.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Applied kinesiology specifically identifies weakened or inflicted areas of the body. It is commonly used to determine food or chemical reactions, structural misalignments, muscular weaknesses, mental or emotional imbalances, nerve damage, and many others underlying factors that may be contributing to your health condition.

Kinesiology has also been successfully used to help treat anxiety, poor cognitive function, asthma, accident trauma, whiplash, hyperactivity, pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue syndrome, high blood pressure, fallen arches, insomnia, migraines, sciatica, and many more conditions.

It may also help with identifying overactive or underactive meridians that are contributing to general imbalances or health problems in the body. This information can help your practitioner determine the contributors to your pain and health concerns so that the most effective treatment plan can be developed.

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  • It can help to improve treatment plans to increase flexibility and balance within the balance by identifying weakened muscles or ligaments.
  • It may be able to identify additional key factors that are decreasing stamina and leading to a weakened body.
  • It can help locate underlying issues without the use of invasive or expensive assessment methods.
  • It can lead to identifying and addressing the root causes of present conditions that are inhibiting wellbeing.
  • It can help your practitioner to get a more well-rounded outlook of the contributing factors to your health concerns and create a more complete treatment plan.