What is Professional Applied kinesiology?

Applied kinesiology as a term has become loosely synonymous with the testing of muscle strength. It is a form of reflexology in which one person pushes against the muscle of another person resisting against the push. This is not the same as Professional Applied kinesiology as a diagnostic/treatment system.

Back in the early 60's George Goodheart, a chiropractor, developed a unique diagnostic system that combined the best components of chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture. At that time monetary wealth was not the intent so Dr. Goodheart never trademarked or patented any part of the technology that he developed. Therefore over the years the “term" applied kinesiology has been reduced to the simplest part that people were able to understand which is the functional part known as muscle testing. So today it is common for someone to "say" they are performing Applied Kinesiology by simply pushing on someone else when in fact they are not performing the "system" at all. Therefore there is much confusion and controversy over the "term" and it has become the target of naysayer's as quackery.

So in the late 2000's the International College of Applied Kinesiology trademarked the term "Professional Applied Kinesiology" which can only be used as and referred to as the actual system that Dr. Goodheart originated back in the 60's. This system is in use by thousands of practitioners around the world today.

What is Professional Applied Kinesiology?

Professional Applied Kinesiology (PAK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. PAK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function, is unique in the healing arts and has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.

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

The Triad of Health 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." PAK 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.

PAK 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. Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology. www.icakusa.com

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