Kinesiology, also known as biomechanics, is the study of body movement. Applied Kinesiology (AK), which is also known as muscle strength testing, is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands, and that specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems.
Dr. DeWitt has used Applied Kinesiology throughout his massage and chiropractic treatments for the past 15 years to diagnose and treat nervous systems problems, organ or gland problems, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, imbalances in the body’s “energy pathways”, nerve damage, chemical imbalances, and other health concerns. He also uses it help his clients choose the best nutrition for their body and needs.
Applied Kinesiology is harmless and is done by either holding your arm straight out in front of you or by pressing the pinky and thumb together from one hand. Dr. DeWitt will either press your arm down, or try to pull the thumb and pinky apart. A smooth response is referred to as a “strong” response, and a shaky response is referred to as a “weak” response. It’s not a test of strength, but a subjective valuation of tension in the muscles. He may also press on “trigger points” to see if they lead to muscle weakness.