Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis that uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies and thus provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care or a “total person” concept of health.
The Triad of Health
Applied kinesiology uses the concept that a person’s health can be described by the balance of three major health categories – chemical factors, mental factors and structural factors. This is called the Triad of Health. The Triad is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural factors as its base, and chemical factors and mental factors as the upright sides. When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors. The Triad of Health is interactive: All sides must be evaluated for the underlying cause of a problem. A health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance may cause structural symptoms. Applied kinesiology enables the practitioner to evaluate the Triad’s balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.
Applied kinesiology is used in addition to standard diagnostic techniques, such as x-rays, to help determine the cause of health problems. The proper course of treatment will only be indicated by combining AK with an adequate case history, thorough examination and laboratory findings.