Applied Kinesiology

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a diagnostic technique used by physicians which utilizes manual muscle testing to evaluate a patient’s “Triad of Health,” comprised of structural, chemical, and emotional health. AK doctors are typically chiropractors, though some are medical doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, and other healing physicians.
AK is typically used in conjunction with other traditional diagnostic methods. Treatment plans are developed after obtaining a thorough evaluation of the patient through a combination of:
  1. Specific muscle tests to obtain real-time, sensory-motor response information
  2. A detailed interview to obtain a complete patient history
  3. Orthopedic and neurological testing
  4. Laboratory tests.
AK is a diagnostic tool, not a method of treatment. A certified AK practitioner will utilize various treatment methods that may include chiropractic manipulation, cranial adjustments, myofascial release or trigger point therapy, acupressure, nutritional or dietary changes or counseling, exercise therapies, emotional techniques, as well as other procedures to help the patient restore their health. The treatment plan is tailored to fit the patient’s individual needs.
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Manual Muscle Testing

A major aspect of Dr. Miller's evaluation process is manual muscle testing (MMT). When used properly it can be an effective way to assess nervous system function.

Why Perform Muscle Testing?

Many patients come into the office with similar complaints, but the same treatment doesn’t help everyone. Manual Muscle Testing uses your own body mechanics to identify the precise location of the imbalance and the most effective treatment for your individual needs. In turn you will see results much faster, sometimes immediately.

What is a Manual Muscle Test?

Manual Muscle Testing is an assessment of the body’s ability to maintain resistance against an applied pressure. The result is either muscle facilitation (feeling “strong”), muscle inhibition (feeling “weak”). Since the nervous system sets the tone of the muscle it’s the nervous system that determines whether the muscle will test strong or weak.

What are the benefits of MMT?

During the treatment the MMT results provide the practitioner with a roadmap to evaluating a patient’s complaint. Changes in the MMT can be observed instantly, allowing the patient to see changes in function immediately.

After a treatment muscles should be firing properly (meaning the muscles that tested weak at the beginning of the visit are now testing strong.). On the follow-up visit some of the muscle weaknesses may return and other may not. This provides valuable information to the practitioner as to where the previous treatment had a lasting effect and where additional work needs to be done. The MMT will then lead the practitioner to what needs to be treated next. Once all the precipitating factors causing imbalance are determined and treatment is applied, the muscles will fire properly and the body will heal.

What do you look for when muscle testing?

Neurologic facilitation of individual muscles. You will notice during the appointment that some muscles feel stronger than others. The muscles that feel weak are not firing properly due to structural, chemical or emotional imbalances.

The facilitation or inhibition (strength/weakness) of muscles are balanced using:
  1. Myofascial release, trigger point therapy, movement re-patterning, cranial sacral therapy and/or chiropractic manipulation to allow your body to establish balance.
  2. Lifestyle, diet and nutrition recommendations are made when necessary, as well.
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