Healthy Beginnings

Why Applied Kinesiology can help your alignment and health

Applied Kinesiology is a system for evaluating body function by way of muscle strength testing. Photo: Shutterstock

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is now 54 years old. What is AK, you might ask? Chiropractor George Goodheart introduced it in 1964. After making observations about muscle function and health, he began teaching AK methods to other chiropractors.

AK is a system for evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts. Much of the improper signaling that occurs in functional health problems is a result of improper balance of the nervous system, organ systems and muscular system.

In 2003 it was the eighth-most frequently used chiropractic technique in the United States and has also been used by naturopaths, medical doctors, dentists, nutritionists, physical therapists, massage therapists and nurse practitioners.

When Applied Kinesiology is used in conjunction with the standard methods of diagnosis developed in medicine and chiropractic work, chiropractors have a greater ability to understand a patient’s health problems.

Much of the improper signaling that occurs in functional health problems is a result of improper balance of neuro-humoral control. This humoral system directly or indirectly alters cardiac function, vascular function and arterial pressure.

With AK, techniques and advances have been made in this functional evolution. Corrections are directed toward nutritional supplementation, glandular function, neurological function and sometimes even the mental aspect of health.

AK recognizes that the body is a self-maintaining and self-correcting mechanism; it looks at the patient and the body as a whole. When health is lost, something is interfering with the body’s adaptability, and it is unable to cope with the different environmental stresses.

The examination focuses on how the body is dysfunctioning, the cause of dysfunction, and finally the therapeutic efforts that will enable it to regain and maintain health.

Integrating AK with a chiropractor and good adjusting techniques — or newer technology like ProAdjuster — ensures a proper method of fixing functional disturbances in the body. When a chiropractor palpates your spine, he or she is checking for joint fluidity, motion and or rigidity. Improper motion affecting the nerve function is called a subluxation.

In a similar fashion to palpation, the ProAdjuster can determine whether the vertebra’s motion is too rigid or too fluid. However, instead of utilizing the doctor’s judgment as to what areas are too rigid or too fluid, the ProAdjuster measures precise levels of motion. Therefore, the ProAdjuster can isolate a problem area faster and more accurately than manual procedures.

Also, there is no twisting or turning needed to get your nervous system functioning properly. In Dr. David Windsor’s study named the “Windsor Autopsy Report,” the research found that in almost all cases where there was an organ disease, there was a pinched nerve associated with that organ.

Combining Applied Kinesiology with the ProAdjuster to decide which direction the spine or extremities (i.e. arm, leg, etc.) or TMJ (i.e. jaw) should be adjusted alleviates the pressure on the nervous system.

Remember — your alignment is essential to your health; it is to your benefit to utilize professional care for it.



  1. “Applied Kinesiology Synopsis,” by David S. Walther, 1988
  6. Walther, David S. “Applied Kinesiology Synopsis: Windsor Autopsy Report.” Dr. David Windsor. 1988.

Dr. Tony C. Jensen is a Reno-based chiropractor who is board certified in the state of Nevada. Visit to learn more.