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Applied Kinesiology Vs. Chiropractic

Applied Kinesiology Vs. Chiropractic

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. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.  Its origin began as medical, military, civil, and government disability evaluation.  Then began as a healing art and diagnosis in 1964 with Dr. George Goodheart as part of is office evaluation, therapy, and observation.

The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describes the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. 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.

Triad Of Health

Triad of Health AK

We would like to point out that Chiropractors approach health and healing from a “structural” basis, Medical Doctors generally from a “chemical basis” and Psychiatrists and Psychologist from a “mental” or “emotional” basis. Where as most Applied Kinesiologist approach it from the Triad of Health which lists the three basic causes of health problems.  They are structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad. Literally, all health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one part or all parts of the triad. This is not new to chiropractic, as its founder, D.D. Palmer states in his text, “The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic,” “The determining causes of disease are traumatism, poison and autosuggestion.” AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.

The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient’s health problem. AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology Board of Standards.

These skills are refined from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy etc.  Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). For more insight go to

Less Office Visits and Cost Differences: We also find that Applied Kinesiologist usually treat a new patient one time per week for 2 to 6 weeks and then they come in every 12 weeks for maintenance whereas a traditional Chiropractor will usually see a patient daily or 3 or more times a week for several weeks and then twice a week for several weeks and then once per week for several weeks which can be costly even though you have a co-pay. With an average of $20.00 per co-pay this can add up to $400.00 not to mention time away from work and the travel expense. With 6 Applied Kinesiology treatments the total comes to $385.00 plus any other supports. We are a cash practice and do not accept Insurance because of few adjustments needed to get your body in balance a working at a high performance. Although we do give you a receipt with all the codes needed to work with your Ins. company to be reimbursed.

Time Difference: You may also want to consider the fact that the Applied Kinesiologist typically work with you for much longer periods of time when in the office as they usually spend 15 to 30 minutes. In most traditional chiropractic offices, they spend 5 to 10 minutes with you per adjustment.

Privacy: You will be seen alone in an office with one on one consultation and treatment time vs. in some traditional Chiropractic offices do their adjusting in a large group setting with other patients.

Post Graduate Training:

Dr. Mike and many other Applied Kinesiologist have extra hours of training in:

  • Muscle response therapy which means finding the weak muscles and turning them on to hold the bones that have been adjusted back to their proper position and movement.
  • Extremity adjustments which mean they can work with the shoulders, arms, hands, legs, knees and feet. 
  • Orthotics for arch support since the feet is your foundation for your bone structure. If they are lacking added support in the three different arch areas this can cause a weakening in other areas of your body. Such as ankles, knees, lower back, upper back and neck. Also great for shock absorption when walking, running or playing sports.
  • Injury recall and erase technique to repair muscles back to brand new.  
  • TMJ which is the movement of the jaw bone to help alleviate clicking, clenching, grinding or pain.
  • Cranial sacral corrections which are the very slight movement of the scull bones and can help with pain in many areas of the body and different types of headaches.
  • Neuro integrative system which means balancing all parts of the brain to function as one to bring communication which helps with focus, memory, immune system, vision and overall performance to name a few benefits.  
  • Nutritional assessments and information can also be gathered with an Applied Kinesiology treatment and our in office blood assessment.
  • Preventive Medicine which helps with anti-aging, longevity, energy, overall health and vitality.
  • Certification must be done through the ICAK after completion of the 100 hour course and passing the ICAK proficiency written test. If you do not see the Certificate of Proficiency than one is not recognized as an Applied Kinesiologist.

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