Applied kinesiology is a term used to refer to an alternative genre of medical science where muscle testing technology is used to determine which the weaker muscles are in the body of any given patient, and diagnosis and treatment are conducted accordingly. Though the popularity and acceptance of applied kinesiology has seen somewhat of a surge in recent years worldwide, especially in the US, it is yet not recognized a verified medical science by doctors and medical associations.
Applied Kinesiology In The Field of Diagnostic Practices
The inception and use of applied kinesiology to determine weak muscles on the body is relatively new in the field of diagnostic practices. The first pioneer in this field was George J. Goodheart, who drafted the basic guidelines of applied kinesiology and was the first chiropractor to use it for medical diagnosis in 1964. Soon, other chiropractors followed suit, and since then, it has kept growing as one of the booming wings of alternative approaches to medical diagnosis.
How Is Applied Kinesiology Done?
How can diagnosis of muscles can be done to determine what is wrong with them? Well, according to experts, a number of therapies can be used by a trained chiropractor to conduct a thorough diagnosis of the muscles of the body. These therapies include manipulation of specific joints in the body and mobilizing them. Also, therapies like cranial therapy, myofascial treatments, clinical nutrition and other reflex procedures are used by the therapist to determine the reaction of the muscles.
The basic of the applied kinesiology is that if a muscle of the body is found to be weaker or under its expected range of activeness, there’s something wrong with it and the reason behind it can be identified by simple backtracking. The adjacent muscles, or the primary muscled that keep the muscle in discussion active are then attempted be cured of, resulting in a better working set of muscles in the body.
To conduct these tests, one of the most popular methods used by therapists is to use force against the muscles. Not total brute force, but enough force that can be used to determine whether or not the muscle is working at its expected level. If the muscle is fully functional, it is deemed as a strong muscle, whereas sub-par response is referred to as weak muscles. In these cases, often a strong muscle of the patient’s body is used as a reference point for evaluating other muscles.
Apart from the physically exerted force, another test applied by therapists is that of clinical nutrient test. Foods and chemicals of different sorts are presented to the patient with keen attention to the reaction of his or her muscles to the elements. If a dysfunction in the body is observed in reference to one of the chemicals or food, the therapist then use it as a reference point to evaluate causes for muscle disorders in future cases for the same patient.
Another unique testing is the localized testing, where the patient himself is required to test a muscle or body part of his own for the therapist to figure out whether or not the muscles are being under responsive due to external factors, or that the muscles within the patient’s body are responsible for such reactions.
Applied Kinesiology and Critics
The field of applied kinesiology, however, is not without its critics. Most medical doctors and organizations refuse to consider it a real science or an actual section of medical science, thus leading to its moniker of ‘pseudo-science’. A number of researches published by medical authorities have shown that there was no conclusive evidence that suggests that applied kinesiology can be of real help to a patient, or simply, can offer perfect diagnosis for a physical condition.
Also, according to a number of medical experts, applied kinesiology is nothing more than a mere system of guessing and trial and error to find a dysfunctional muscle and the causes behind it, with no scientific value behind it at all. They also argue that applied kinesiology’s use of chemicals to test a patient can lead to potentially dangerous, and even fatal conclusions for him or her.
All in all, it can be said that though applied kinesiology has been much criticized by doctors and medical professionals alike, it has gained a somewhat cult following throughout the world, especially in the west.
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