What is Applied Kinesiology?

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Applied kinesiology is a holistic medicine approach utilizing a number of different techniques and therapies to produce optimum results. Sometimes those results are realized through faster healing times. Other times, it may mean a better, more complete recovery. The healing system has started to catch on in recent years, as patients seek alternative methods to traditional problems.

The basic premise of applied kinesiology is that feedback from muscles can better determine treatment methods. Though many consider applied kinesiology an alternative hearing program, it may better be described as an alternative diagnosis method. Applied kinesiology takes data from the way muscles react with a stimulus, compares them to a patient history and then makes a diagnosis and recommends treatment.

Often, the method is used in connection with more traditional diagnosis methods. In fact, most of those practicing applied kinesiology recommend a dual diagnosis approach. Applied kinesiology can supplement or add to the validity of a diagnosis, but it generally should not be used as the only tool for diagnosis.

While the diagnosis depends on muscle movement data, applied kinesiology can be used to treat a wide range of health problems, even those that have no obvious relationship to muscles. This is because applied kinesiology theorizes that there is a close association between muscle dysfunction and organ or gland dysfunction. If nothing else, the technique can provide a good starting point for further exploration or nearby organs and glands.


Applied kinesiology was pioneered by Dr. George Goodheart in the mid 1960s. He felt that the relationships between muscle movements and other body systems were too important to overlook. He died 5 March 2008, but not before achieving widespread recognition for his work in the field of applied kinesiology.

Though many patients who undergo a examination based on applied kinesiology may decide to seek out other alternative healing options, such as acupuncture, many also rely on more traditional means. These include medicinal therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. In the end, a holistic approach utilizing applied kinesiology depends largely on the patient’s needs and desires.


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