Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle evaluation 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 you. Applied Kinesiology provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care by drawing together core elements of many other therapies.

To determine the problem, the doctor will find a muscle that tests weak and then determine why it is not functioning as it should. He/she will evaluate which therapy would be most suitable to eliminate the weakness and apply it. Sometimes it could be joint manipulation or mobilization, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, nutrition, myofascial therapies, reflex procedures or dietary management.

Applied Kinesiology uses the triad of health to describe the proper balance of the major health categories. An equilateral triangle with structural health at the base, the triad's sides represent chemical and mental health. Poor health comes from an imbalance of one of these categories. In order to determine the problem, the entire triad must be evaluated as it is interactive and each side affects the other. After evaluation of the entire triad and the discovery of the imbalance, the appropriate therapies can be applied to the categories of imbalance to reach a balance of health.

For more information on Applied Kinesiology, visit The International College of Applied Kinesiology-USA Chapter at www.icakusa.com. To find a doctor in California, visit www.icakusa.com/directory/.