Muscle Testing & Diagnosis with Applied Kinesiology

What is Professional Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) muscle testing is a diagnostic system that is used in addition to traditional diagnostic methods in order to determine the root cause of health disorders including structural, chemical and emotional.

AK doctors in the United States are physicians licensed to diagnose.  Most AK physicians are chiropractors although internationally it is more common to find medical doctors including brain surgeons, dentists, psychiatrists and traditional chinese medical doctors using the practice of Applied Kinesiology.

AK employs muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis. This is very important to understand as many people perform muscle testing, such as an “arm pull-down test” or the “finger pull-apart test”, to diagnose what may be going on with a person’s health or determine the need for a supplement. Please rest assured that this is a misuse and oversimplification of muscle testing and is not AK.

Applied Kinesiology muscle testing is performed using many specific muscle tests to see a real-time response.  By combining the manual muscle test with a thorough patient history, orthopedic and neurological testing and lab work (when necessary), the AK physician is able to get a better picture of a person’s root health problems. Muscle testing done alone by an unlicensed or uncertified AK practitioner is not much different than obtaining a psychic reading. AK is diagnostic, meaning it tells the physician additional information; it is not a treatment procedure. AK utilizes multiple treatment modalities including chiropractic manipulation, cranial techniques, soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, acupuncture, physical medicine, sports rehab protocols, nutritional or dietary changes, emotional techniques, or any other procedure deemed necessary to install health. Each patient treatment is individualized and custom fit depending on the patient’s presentation, history and examination.

What AK is NOT….

When chiropractors were asked if they use AK in their practice, close to half state that they do. Most often these physicians are using a generalized muscle test, orthopedic strength test or some other form of kinesiology that is not consistent with the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).  At a minimum a professional AK physician should have a 100 hour certification from the ICAK.  They should also be listed in the directory located at ICAKUSA.COM.

AK is also not energy medicine.  It is not prayer nor witchcraft nor Reiki therapy.  AK is scientific functional neurology, with over 100 peer-reviewed published research papers.  AK muscle testing allows for an objective evaluation of a patients subjective complaint, allows for instant feedback to treatments performed and allows the practitioner to monitor how long a treatment lasts.

Scottsdale Applied Kinesiology

In Arizona there are not very many certified practitioners of Applied Kinesiology(AK).  Even fewer AK practitioners can be found in the East Valley, let alone Scottsdale or Phoenix. Dr. Houston Anderson has 2 office locations in Scottsdale and Gilbert Arizona but treats patients from all across the nation. He has trained with some of the best internationally renowned AK physicians and utilizes both their techniques developed over many years and his own in order to obtain the best clinical results and provide the most up-to-date treatment protocols.

A.S.K (Anderson Specific Kinesiology)

A.S.K. was developed by Dr. Houston Anderson, as a novel approach to provide a different perspective on difficult cases. Using the A.S.K. method allows Dr. Anderson to look for underlying root causes in a way that few other techniques can offer. All patients are treated using Dr. Anderson’s unique A.S.K. technique.