Applied Kinesiology is the study of movement and muscle function as it relates to the correction
of whole body physiology.
Dr George Goodhart, Michigan chiropractor (1918-2008), discovered a connection between
muscle group strength and organs function. His work has been one of the most important
contributions to the restoration of health - naturally.
This connection gives an opportunity to make a judgement as to the health of an organ by
testing its associated muscle. The theory being that if the muscle is not functioning optimally
then there will be a mirroring of that situation in the associated organ as well. This relates to
homologous neural connections communicating intimately throughout their life.
Goodhart developed the notion of the triune view of the body. For a person to function well, 3
large classes of functions have to work well:
Structural The physical stuff - see subluxations
Emotional Whenever we are injured, unwell or in pain, emotions are
involved - see emotion
Chemical Our body is made of chemicals we need - see nutrition
These 3 components of our nature, work intimately together. This means that if you have an
emotional upset, that this can also be impact physically by alterations in posture, body language
if you like, and also in changes in body chemistry. For example a person with depression will
often be in a flexed or crumpled posture and their neurotransmitter chemical, serotonin levels
will be low in the blood.
The other major view relates to the anatomy of the intervertebral foramen. This is the opening in
the spine where the spinal nerve roots pass through to exit the spine We now know there are
five vital functions which pass through this intervertebral foramina. These are:
- nerve control and reflexes (N), controlling many tissues of the body
- lymph node reflex (NL) assists in the drainage of toxins & debris
- vascular nerve reflex (NV) assists with nutrient flow
- acupuncture meridian reflex (AMC) quick automatic responses
- cerebral spinal fluid reflex (CSF) vital for brain and spinal cord function
All these features are summarised in the diagram at left..
Applied Kinesiology can be divided into two distinct parts.
One is an aid to diagnosis. "Muscle testing" is used
to help analysing what is functioning
abnormally. This is really a neurological test. It assesses the ability of the nerves to control and
co-ordinate not only the muscle, but also indirectly related organ functions as well. There can
also be a problem with the nervous system, the lymphatic drainage, the vascular supply to a
muscle or organ, a nutritional excess or deficiency, a problem with the cranial-sacral functional
linkage - TMJ mechanism, an imbalance in the meridian system or a host of other problems.
Testing individual muscles in an accurate manner and determining what effects the relative
strength of the muscle when combined with knowledge of the basic mechanics and physiological
functioning of the body helps to make a more accurately diagnosis of what is going wrong. An
accurate diagnosis can also be the result of a successful treatment phase. In that what worked
to restore function defines the diagnosis very accurately.
The second part of Applied Kinesiology involves the treatment phase. Practitioners have
adapted different treatment methods to the problems that have been diagnosed. From nutrition
to chiropractic adjustment to cranial bone adjustment to acupuncture (meridian therapies) to
myofascial techniques to nervous system coordination procedures to some of the latest theories
in medicine involving control of the nervous system may be employed to balance the malfunction
found in a patient.
Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines including:
acupuncture and auriculotherapy
muscle and fascial retraining
Through the use of accurate muscle testing, in addition to practitioner training, knowledge from
other sources and experience,
all this, helps direct therapeutic care to a patient's individual needs.