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What is Applied Kinesiology?

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 23 Oct 2010 | comments*Discuss
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More and more people are turning to alternative treatments for their disorders and seeking different ways of helping cure any symptoms, this also includes those who suffer from back pain as over time many of the conventional medical techniques become less effective or cause higher doses of medications to achieve the same result.Chronic back pain is known to be difficult to overcome for many people and even if surgery is a possible option, it is probably the least appealing remedy for any person suffering with a back complaint.

Applied kinesiology is actually considered to be part of the alternative range of treatments though it is based on scientific fact and is thought to be very useful in determining the cause of the back pain and in allowing the person and their physician to decide which further treatments will be the most effective for their individual diagnosis.

What Exactly Is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied kinesiology is a practice that examines the weaknesses in the muscles that are affected by the back. Practitioners developed the theory from principles derived from kinesiology which is the analysis of movement and is a recognised scientific study.Many specialists of kinesiology believe that practitioners of applied kinesiology are using this knowledge ineffectively and that the actual practice of applied kinesiology does not achieve the outcomes that it is supposed to and that overall it is not a very effective method of helping back pain either as a treatment of as a way of achieving an official diagnosis.The principles of applied kinesiology involve the person being tested against their muscle tension, strength and resistance using a series of exercises and tests that apply pressure and force to specific muscles and their response to the stimulus noted and evaluated.The results can show which muscles are damaged or compromised and can even explore which tendons and ligaments may be involved or damaged also.The results are derived from neurological, chemical and mechanical feedback which are then assessed and measured; it is thought that some degree of mental involvement can be assessed at the same time.Practitioners of applied kinesiology do agree however that this practice should be used in conjunction with other diagnostic testing techniques and not be relied on instead of normal assessment and analysis.

Where Can I Find Out More About Applied Kinesiology?

Due to the currently available results for this practice it is not routinely offered within the NHS structure and you will have to seek a private therapist to find out if you are a suitable candidate for applied kinesiology.There are many people practising applied kinesiology most of whom have other professional qualifications in other medically based subjects such as osteopathy or physiotherapy and may be practising these as their main career. They should be registered with a professional body but it is wise to research your chosen practitioner to make sure they are suitably qualified to carry out any practices.A typical consultation may cost around £60 but this is variable depending on your location and the background and experience of the practitioner.A simple search on the internet or in a telephone directory should produce many contacts of people offering this service.

Applied kinesiology is an alternative option for back pain diagnosis and may help you discover which course of treatment will be most appropriate for your own needs. It really shouldn’t be relied upon as the only course of treatment but can be used in association with other medically research and evidence based treatments.

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