Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a technique that uses muscle strength to gain information about the functional status of the body. The testing is a simple, safe and effective way of personalizing recommendations.

The AK evaluation begins with the patient typically lying on their back while the doctor puts gentle resistant pressure on the patient’s arms and/or legs in various positions. This allows the doctor to isolate specific muscle groups. Your doctor is not looking so much at the strength or weakness of a given muscle, but rather, the neurologic response of the muscle. Your doctor will then use the information from the muscle findings to determine a primary organ system as a place to start assessing any nutritional imbalances.

There are five foundational nutrient categories we evaluate on all patients. Not that all patients need each of these, but the information will give your doctor a well-rounded evaluation. The categories are: multivitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, vitamin D and probiotics. The AK findings are used as the base for nutritional recommendations. Beyond these foundational five, your doctor can dig deeper into specific organ groups to specify additional recommendations. AK testing is also used to check for any food sensitivities that may be contributing to the patient’s symptoms.