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can determine health imbalances in the body's organs and glands
by identifying weaknesses in specific muscles. Stimulating and relaxing
key muscles help in the diagnosis of variety of health problems.
is the study of muscles and the relationship of muscle strength
to health. This alternative medicine technique relies on the idea
that muscles can be stuck (turned) "on" or stuck (turned)
"off." A stuck 'on' muscle acts like a tense muscle spasm
('charlie horse'), whereas a stuck 'off' muscle appears flaccid.
is a relatively new alternative medicine field of study, diagnosis,
and treatment. George Goodheart, D.C., of Detroit, Michigan, a chiropractic
physician and the founder of applied kinesiology, first observed
in 1964 that the absence of skeletal deformity and postural distortion
is often associated with muscular dysfunction. The field has gained
recognition, credibility, and a general following ever since his
findings were revealed.
recognizes the existence of "strong" and "weak"
muscles. Weak muscles exhibit as much actual force as normal muscles.
According to Dr. Blaich, weak muscles often have delayed reactions
to stimuli. Studies suggest the difference between weak and strong
muscles lies in the timing of electrical activity in the muscle.
Muscles become weak due to immobility (i.e. cast), lack of exercise,
poor posture, gland or organ dysfunction, or injury.
A weak muscle
can lead to misaligned or inflamed bones, signs of premature wear
and tear, as well as symptoms of osteoarthritis.
also treats and diagnoses athletic ailments and injuries in sports.
It improves muscle interaction and stabilization.
of Applied Kinesiology
normal nerve function.
normal endocrine, immune, digestive, and other internal organ
early in degenerative processes to prevent or delay pathological
postural balance, correct gait impairment, improve range of motion.
Internal Causes of Muscle Weakness
of nerve supply (nerve interference between spine and muscles).
of lymphatic drainage.
pressure in cerebrospinal fluid affecting nerve-to-muscle relationship.
of acupuncture meridian.
or gland dysfunction.
It is very
easy to explore the technique of applied kinesiology when a comparison
is made between the way conventional (western) medicine would treat
asthma and the way in which applied kinesiology (a branch of eastern/alternative
medicine) treats asthma. Conventional medicine uses adrenal hormones
or their derivatives to treat asthma, and it considers asthma strictly
a problem related to the lungs. An applied kinesiologist, on the
other hand, looks for weaknesses in specific low back and leg muscles
which share a connection with the adrenal glands. A kinesiologist
strengthens these muscles and helps the adrenal glands produce bronchodilators
(chemicals that relax or open air passages in the lungs).
an applied kinesiologist determines whether muscles are 'on' or
'off' as they should be during normal activity. Muscle dysfunction
is corrected through the use of various reflexes or by performing
manual procedure on the muscle-deep massage, goading pressure on
attachment points, or realignment. An applied kinesiologist needs
to stimulate nerve and blood supply, as well as lymphatic drainage
and acupuncture energy to lungs for them to clear.
One way to
identify nutritional substances of value to this specific ailment
is to test a patient's weak deltoid muscle while putting a substance
on his tongue to stimulate nerve endings, which, in turn, trigger
certain areas in the brain to make changes in the body. If the correct
nutrient is applied, there should be immediate strengthening of
the deltoid muscle.
and low back pains
MUSCLES AND FASCIA
claudication (pain on walking)
and other headaches
neuralgia and other face pains
palsy (face paralysis)
Phantom limb pain
Paralysis of leg or arm persisting after a stroke (cerebral
or other bowel inflammations
especially in the elderly
Early prostate enlargement
Preparation for childbirth
or excessive menstrual activity
Painful prominent scars
or bagginess of face
weakness after a severe illness
therapists rave about the results of massage combined with some
of the principles of kinesiology, namely muscular manipulation.
Sometimes kinesiologists find that subluxations of the spinal column
can cause muscles to be misaligned as well. Therefore, kinesiologists
often rely on some of the methods and concepts expressed in chiropractic,
including spinal manipulation so that "turned off" muscles can be
"turned on." Applied kinesiologists may also utilize the galvanic
skin response (GSR) to test for muscle tension.
has demonstrated a neurological difference between "strong"
and "weak" muscles, as identified through applied kinesiology
testing. Applied kinesiology is very popular with the Chiropractic
profession. Because the deltoid muscle (in the shoulder)
shares a relationship to the lungs, a muscle test can be an indicator
of the state of the lungs and can serve as a monitor of their condition.
is utilized in modern sports rehabilitation programs to prevent
injury and to improve athletic perfomance. The muscle-organ link
can be helpful in identifying "rate limiting factors,"
or "weak links" in the performance of top athletes.
A music conductor had severe pains
in his shoulder inhibiting his ability to conduct. Dr. Blaich evaluated
the patient's shoulder area and determined the problem to be a specific
muscle, the pectoralis major. He reset the muscle by correcting
a cranial fault (minute manipulation of bones in the head). The problem
recurred and Blaich determined that the problem was caused by none
other than eating wheat! The patient was found to have a gluten
allergy, so he avoided eating wheat and no longer suffered from
In 1983 and 1984, Dr. Blaich identified
an adrenal weakness accompanying other structural and chemical imbalances
in a bicyclist, Alexi Grewal. Alexi is a talented young athlete with
a history of asthma. Dr. Blaich improved Alexi's adrenal gland
and diaphragm muscle function and structural performance. Alexi's
health and performance improved enough to win the gold medal in the
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