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 interesting 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.
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.
How it is Done
Applied kinesiology 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 we might test the strength of the shoulder muscle (the deltoid) by having 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 we are testing is functioning normally it will be able to resist our force and keep the arm stable. If at the same time we test a strong muscle, we also touch (therapy localizing) a reflex point (may be acupuncture or functional reflex point) on the patient's body, we may find our previously strong muscle testing weak. This would indicate a functional disturbance in that aspect of the patient. Correction of the disturbance maybe achieved in numerous ways depending on the nature of the problem.
If the problem we are identifying were a disturbance in the function of a muscle for example, we might 1st apply one of the principles Goodheart identified. He found that there were five principle factors that might disturb the function of a muscle.
These are; interference of nerve flow, interference of blood flow, interference of lymphatic drainage, deficient nutrition, and altered acupuncture energy flow. These would be addressed by applying methods of Cranial-Sacral & Myofascial release therapy, massage of reflex points, nutritional therapy, or acupuncture.
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
The Use of Kinesiology in Dental Somatic Integration™ Applied Kinesiology can teach us much about the relationships that exist between the stomatognathic system and the rest of the body. When we dissect the muscles of the body they appear separate. In fact they exist as integral components of our neuromuscular system. They never function without the influence of agonists and antagonists.
The whole of the neuromuscular system is in constant interplay. As a consequence dysfunction of a masticatory muscle has the potential to disrupt the function of muscles quite removed anatomically. This has been nicely demonstrated by electromyographic studies that have shown increased tension within lower back muscles when an occlusal interference is introduced to the molars.
It is also borne out by a study of acupuncture energetics from a neuromuscular point of view. Further evidence is seen daily by myself and practitioner’s who are prepared by training and experience. Given the incidence of malocclusion, one could say there was rampant dysfunction of varying degrees of magnitude within a majority of the population.
The alignment of the craniomandibular structures at rest and their articulation (occlusion)during function has profound impact on the functioning of the body as a whole.The use of Applied Kinesiology permits us to disclose when a disruptive influence is present within the stomatognathic system. AK can be used to localize the problem and define it. It can also be used in combination with our other clinical skills to correct the source of dysfunction.