Applied Kinesiology (AK)
What is AK?
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will assist in determining the best form of therapy for the patient. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies ( N: Bioneurologic and Biomechanical, NL: Neurolymphatic, NV: Neurovascular, CSF: Crainosacral Therapy and AMC: Acupuncture Meridians), it provides a Chiropractic, as well as a functional and interdisciplinary approach to health care for all ages.
What is an AK examination?
During a functional evaluation, muscle tests and other techniques such as Therapy Localization (TL), are used to monitor the physiologic response to a physical or chemical (for example nutritional) stimulus. The observed response is correlated with clinical history and physical exam findings. along with as indicated, any laboratory, imaging tests and other appropriate standard diagnostic methods. Applied Kinesiology procedures are not intended to be used as a single method of diagnosis. Applied Kinesiology examination should enhance standard diagnosis, not replace it.
Chiropractors use adjustments to restore joint function and support the nervous system.
They help patients maintain optimal health while avoiding unnecessary drugs or surgery.
An estimated 50 million Americans see a chiropractor each year.
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Each year more than 15 million North Americans choose chiropractic for safe, natural and effective relief from back pain, neck pain, headaches, extremity pain, poor overall health, low energy levels and much more.
Chiropractic treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many individuals incorrectly assume that chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments. While we do quickly and effectively eliminate back and neck pain, it's not the only goal. The objective is to restore and optimize human health. In fact, according to a statement from The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, "The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health."
Practically speaking, chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations. A vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular (joint) changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.
Using a number of unique and highly refined skills, the chiropractor checks the patient's spine for any misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If subluxations or other abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area.
Chiropractors use many specialized techniques to identify and treat these spinal abnormalities and optimize overall health. In addition to spinal adjustive techniques, soft tissue techniques such as massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, physical therapies, and lifestyle modification programs are commonly employed.
Short-term and regular chiropractic care have a number of benefits including:
spinal and extremity pain relief
increased mobility and range of motion
decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
arthritic joint pain relief
increased joint health
increased performance and energy
increased sense of well-being and relaxation
increased balance and coordination
reduced degeneration and risk of injury
enhanced tissue healing
decreased tissue inflammation