Applied Kinesiology or AK is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a persons body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis can determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care. In general, the applied kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly (*note that this is a 'functional weakness' not correctable by exercises alone). The practitioner will then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness(es) and help the patient. In other terms it is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.
The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system.
Therapies or treatments utilized can include specific joint manipulation or mobilization, spinal adjustments, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management and various reflex procedures. In some cases, the examiner may test for environmental or food sensitivities.
Many lay people and unfortunately even some professionals claim that they 'do' or 'practice' Applied Kinesiology, please visit the International College of Applied Kinesiologists www.icakusa.com to make sure they are certified. Also for the most up to date research blog on REAL Applied Kinesiology visit:
What is the educational background of an applied kinesiologist?
It takes hundreds of hours of study and years of practice to perfect the multitude of diagnostic techniques that have been developed in AK. In fact, any AK practitioner will tell you that s/he is constantly refining and developing manual muscle testing skills and the interpretation of the test results.
Does applied kinesiology replace standard examinations?
Applied kinesiology is used in addition to standard diagnostics to help determine the cause or the best path to help a health issue.
Clinical Nutrition Evaluations
Utilizing years of experience in clinical nutrition, Dr. Robertson uses many different approaches to customize your nutritional protocol with results sometimes seen in as little as a few days.
Typically one visit per month will seek to identify your primary imbalances (which are usually causing other downstream physiological imbalances / symptoms) and a strategy of nutrient supplementation will be recommended to target and improve the function of a specific system of tissue. While nutritional measures are gentle, when applied constantly and chronically they can yield almost miraculous results. This practice has taught us what is possible through nutritional therapy, and still daily it teaches more.
The following is a typical sequence of approach so that you may have some concept of the plan, although each person is unique and progresses at their own pace. (*note Dr Robertson sees many patients on a nutritional basis only and/or coordinates care with other health care providers)
Months 1-3 Endocrine balancing, alkaline promotion and general mineral replenishment, unburdening the liver and digestive system of its toxic load
Months 4-6 Creating independence from sugar forming high glycemic foods thus reducing insulin and cortisol imbalance. Identification of food allergies and removal of the primary inflammation engines, parasite infestation and infection removal through up-regulation of the immune system, correction of gut flora imbalance and dysbiosis.
Months 7-9 Addressing circulatory issues as a long-term preventative measure especially with the heart and brain and legs, Begin specific correction of chronic conditions like arthritis or autoimmune issues, Deep organ work like spleen and lymphatic system repair.
Maintenance care usually starts without complication around the ninth month and is a graduation into less frequent office visits (6 to 8 weeks) and more of basic nutritional support to lead your lifestyle with occasional elective system repair and fortification processes that usually last one or two months each.
While there are many variables in the course of the nutritional therapy generally it follows these guidelines. Our intention is for total correction of your symptomatic profile with the potential for medication reduction under your medical doctor’s direction by the time we finish nine months. It is so exciting to see what your body is capable of as it regards the innate healing potential, and indeed that renewal reminds us of how remarkably we were designed. For many patients this represents training in a culture which allows people more alternatives when they face greater health challenges in the future.