Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a diagnostic system where manual muscle testing is used to help the practitioner make the diagnosis. Started in 1964 by Chiropractor Dr George H. Goodheart, AK is widely known as the granddaddy of muscle testing techniques. We primarily use AK as a muscle-balancing technique to restore balance and, hence, enhanced function to the human frame. 

Do you ever wonder why you can’t do the things you would like to do?

Things like walking, or running, or jumping? Are you telling your friends you can’t take them up on their offer to play in that softball or volleyball league with them because of that old hip or knee injury, the nagging shoulder pain, or the wrist soreness? Have you told your buddies that the flag football or basketball games are now just a distant memory and that you don’t do that anymore… not because you don’t want to but because you hurt too much afterward?

But, a short anatomy lesson first

Arthur adjusting a patient
There are 650 muscles in the human body. These muscles hold the 200 bones in their proper position (which give us posture) and they move the bones around (which provides movement) like when we walk, run, jump, write, type, cook, talk, etc. Every time we move, our brain calls on a muscle or a combination of muscles to help us move our body or parts of our body.

Some of your muscles are regulated automatically by your nervous system, like your heart muscle. Which pumps blood throughout our bodies, or the diaphragm, which helps us breathe. The rest are moved voluntarily by us telling our brain what we want to do.

These muscles can become weak. I don’t mean “weak” from not using them at all or not exercising regularly because we use our muscles all the time. Did you know that within fifteen minutes of getting out of bed in the morning you have used all 650 muscles!

What I’m talking about are these two types of muscle weaknesses and the causes of muscle weakness:

1)  Muscle weakness due to trauma to the muscle itself

2)  Muscle weakness due to organ dysfunction

Let’s look at how a muscle may become weakened through muscle trauma, ie. jolts, jars, falls, accidents, etc.

Did you know, in an vehicle accident at 30 miles-per-hour you experience approximately 2,000 pounds of shear force to your head and neck? No wonder they call it “whiplash”! What if you’re going 15 miles-per-hour and hit someone coming straight at you at 15 miles-per-hour? Same thing. The effective speed is still 30 miles-per-hour and the force is the same. Unless you’re Superman or Superwoman, you cannot stop the damage that will occur to your body.

Exercising a muscle that has been damaged via trauma won’t turn it back on. Specific exercises may strengthen muscles around the damaged muscle, but the damaged muscle will continue to stay weak. Ask anybody who has done specific exercises after an injury. As soon as they stop doing them, the problem comes right back. I use Applied Kinesiology to help me find the muscles that have been weakened through trauma…but that’s just the beginning. I also use it to restore normal function of the weak muscle. In other words, I turn the muscle back on!

The body has within it and surrounding it an electrical network or grid, which is pure energy. Because energy runs through the muscles in your body, if anything impacts your electrical system that does not maintain or enhance your body’s balance, your muscles will virtually “short circuit” or weaken (don’t worry, only temporarily). Things that might have an impact on your electrical system are thoughts and emotions, foods, and other substances. Using your muscles, through Applied Kinesiology we can find what events or emotions “weaken” or “strengthen” your body. 

What’s exciting about this is that Applied Kinesiology requires no specific exercises, and no weights, pulleys, or rubber bands! What is exciting is the fact that, once a muscle is turned on, it won’t need to be turned on again. It is now working 100%, for life! That is of course unless you injure it again.

Author: Arthur Tovar 18/02/2020

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