What is Applied Kinesiology (AK)?ak 20triad

“A.K. is a practical, safe and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic tool. The list of health problems that it can address confidently and helpfully is impressive and still growing. In a brief session, a competent applied kinesiologist can evaluate your various bodily functions by testing your muscles, and then present you with a picture of how your glands, organs, lymphatic system, nervous system, circulation and muscle and bone structures are working.”
From Applied Kinesiology.

In short, AK uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. While this may seem like a bold claim, the AK practitioner has a detailed knowledge of muscle movements and their relationship to the body and its complex systems.

When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. And since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary Wholistic approach to your total health care.

AK uses the triad of health – structural, chemical, and psychological factors – to assess the proper balance of an individual’s health. When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors.

Poor health is expressed by the body in many ways:

Strains and Sprains
Shoulder or Knee Pain
Fatigue and Stress
Allergies and Asthma
Arthritis, Bursitis, and Tendonitis
Digestive Disturbances
Learning Difficulties
Disc Problems and Low Back Pain
Weight Gain and Thyroid Imbalances
Whiplash and Neck Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Valentine, Tom and Carol with Douglas P. Hetrick, D.C. Applied Kinesiology. Healing Arts Press, 1987.