Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system using muscle testing for evaluating areas of dysfunction within the body. It uses the principle that the body is a self-maintaining, self correcting mechanism. Assessing neuromuscular function provides additional information about the regulation of structure, chemical and mental physiology. The use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function was introduced by George Goodheart in 1964. Since then research into and knowledge of AK has expanded considerably, providing additional dimensions to the diagnosis of bodily dysfunction. Even in the early days of AK it was apparent that the use of many basic treatments such as Osteopathy, Acupuncture, homeopathy etc produced immediate improvement of neuromuscular function which could be directly measured using manual muscle testing.
The development of AK has resulted in the modification of these techniques along with the introduction of some new procedures unique to AK.

The Triad of Health.
A balance of structural, chemical and mental factors is required to have health. When a person has ill health, at least one of these factors is involved, but often 2 or all 3 must be analysed and treated. An example of this would be a person suffering with a long-term intestinal irritation. There may also be low back pain, due to the dual nerve supply to the low back and the intestines. There may be emotional stress which would exacerbate these symptoms. Mal-absorption of nutrients may further deplete the body chemically. It is imperative in the treatment of this person that all 3 aspects are looked at in order to restore the triad of health and bring the person towards complete fitness. AK provides a system whereby the practitioner works with the patient and the patient is able to be actively involved in their own treatment and has an immediate source of feed back through muscle testing.
It must be emphasised that AK is used in conjunction with other standard diagnostic tests where necessary.

To be a full member of ICAK-UK the Practitioner must first possess a qualification such as Osteopath, Dentist, Chiropractor etc and must have completed a basic 100 hour course in Applied Kinesiology and the test of Clinical Competence.

What’s involved in seeing an Applied Kinesiologist?
When you visit an AK practitioner expect to be involved. He may test for mechanical defects of the spine and possible cranial and pelvic distortion, any associated visceral dysfunction, toxicity and allergy problems.Treatment might involve manipulative work, guidance in self help and possibly nutritional support, homeopathic remedies and treatment aimed at helping stress-related problems.
Applied Kinesiology isn’t so much a treatment in its own right, as an opportunity for a skillful practitioner to assess other causes or possible sources of the presenting complaint.
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    What can I expect on my first visit to see the osteopath?
    At the first consultation, the osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet. The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.
    Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body’s points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.
    The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.
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    Do I need a GP referal to see an osteopath?
    No. As highly trained primary care practitioners we are trained to clinically diagnose, and assess our patients using a range of different conventional medical tests, and osteopathic tests. GP’s can refer to us and this is happening more frequently since the NICE (National Institute of Clinic Excellence Guidelines) for non-specific low back pain stipulated referal to an osteopath would be deemed best practice in for patients with this problem. The only time this may be necessary however would be if an insurance policy required an inital consultation with a GP.
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    What’s the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor
    This is a commonly asked question and one that is difficult to answer simply. The reason for this is that they are both very similar, and like most activities that are similar to each other, both wish to maintain their independent identities. Essentially the major difference is with regard to one of the principles which underpins the intention with which the practitioner treats their patient. Originally osteopathy focused on fluid dynamics, and blood/lymph flow, however the early chiropractors thought nerve supply was more important which led them to being more spinally orientated. Since then both therapies have become more holistic and there is a great deal of cross over.

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