Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the Applied use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function (Kinesiology) through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system.
Thousands of natural therapies may be useful, but AK helps to determine the "which, where, when, how, and why", to customize therapy for each individual, optimizing results. Side effects include saving time and money. An invaluable clinical tool, AK is incorporated into a holistic individualized picture, which also includes a thorough history, exam, labs and/or imaging.
Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in healthcare in its relatively short existence. (ICAK)
Although Dr. George Goodheart is credited as being the founding father of PAK (Professional Applied Kinesiology), several other luminaries helped to form and expand the use of its principles, culminating in the development of various techniques which we utilize in our practice- NET, TBM, NOT, CK, to name a few. It should be noted that PAK is not part of the Chiropractic curriculum and thus requires separate study. In other countries around the world, PAK is more frequently used by MD's, DO's, dentists and veterinarians. (ICAK International)
How does PAK work? The answer lies in complex functional neurophysiological changes that provide instantaneous biofeedback. For a simpler explanation, watch the following short video, which offers an easy-to-understand explanation of what is happening with a basic muscle test. Further questions? Great! Ask one of our doctors, or see our FAQ section.