Kinesiology is the study of the body's movement and the mechanisms by which it occurs. Applied Kinesiology is essentially the practice of applying this knowledge to optimize body function. When the function of the body improves, by definition so does the health of the person.
The method of basic muscle testing originated with the work of Kendall and Kendall, physical therapists interested in defining a method for assessing the functional competency of individual muscles. Their published work demonstrated a method for isolation of all the major muscles of the body, to test their strength as an aid to physical assessment and rehabilitation.
Dr. George Goodheart had studied their work and was using it in his chiropractic care for evaluating the source of patient complaints. It was a chance observation he made while treating a patient that set him on the path that led to the development of Applied Kinesiology. (AK)
How it is Done
Applied kinesiology (AK) is practiced by making use of the muscle reflex test phenomenon. In this test the ability of a muscle to maintain the position of a limb(for example the arm) is evaluated by applying a gradually increasing controlled force to the end of the limb. For instance to test the strength of the shoulder muscle (the deltoid) have the patient extend their arm out parallel to the floor, and applying a graduated controlled force of a few pounds to their arm in the wrist area. If the muscle being tested is functioning normally it will be able to resist the force and keep the arm stable. Correcting the disturbance to the targeted muscle will allow the fiber-rich meridian to collect critical energy in the form of electrons to the cells.
Dr. Goodheart emphasizes the acknowledgment of the triad of health and how all health problems are directing related to this triad's functional balance. This triad of health consist of three sides, chemical, mental, and structure. Evaluation of all three contributors will increase the ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient's health concern.
The Holistic Dental Center utilizes the knowledge of the triad of health to gain clarity with the relation between the oral condition and the triad's balance. Often times patients respond with benefits in other places of the body and meridian by having their dental issues restored.
How we make use of it in Dentistry
- Structural Integration
- Bite Stress
- Diagnosis and treatment of Cavitations
- Diagnosis of Fractured Teeth
- Diagnosis of Infections
- Diagnosis of Dental-Somatic Acupuncture Reflex: Differentiating Cause and Effect
- Materials Compatibility Testing
- Nutritional Testing: Contact Reflex Analysis