Applied Kinesiology: Effective, Affordable Alternative Medicine

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What if your body could simply tell you what’s wrong? What if when you had back pain, for example, rather than getting a series of x-rays and tests, being groggy from pain medication, and possibly undergoing extensive and risky surgery, you could find the source of the pain and treat the underlying cause naturally for a fraction of the cost?

Sounds too easy, doesn’t it?
It really is that simple with applied kinesiology (AK), according to Dr. Benjamin Galyardt, DC, of the Applied Kinesiology Center of the Rockies in Fort Collins.

Applied kinesiology was developed in the 1960s by Detroit chiropractor George J. Goodheart, Jr. who experimented with muscle testing, correlating specific muscles to each organ using the acupuncture meridian. Essentially, specific muscles become weaker when an organ, structure or chemical is out of balance. Whether there are scientifically provable results from this type of alternative medicine is a matter of debate, especially within traditional Western medicine.

Applied kinesiology can be used to diagnose and identify a variety of conditions including food and environmental allergies and sensitivities, mechanical structural imbalances or traumas, pain relief and organ dysfunction.

Gluten, Soy, Nuts, Dairy and Wheat
Food sensitivities can be identified through the use of AK. “There is a direct neurological link between the tongue and brain that can be stimulated via taste or smell and it will cause muscle strength change based on either one of those stimuli,” explains Galyardt. “The brain recognizes a problem as soon as it [the food being tested] touches the tongue.”

For example, to identify a soy allergy, soy is placed on the tongue and a kinesiologist tests a muscle associated with male and female hormones, the gluteus medius. The patient is asked to resist force applied to the muscle; if the muscle reacts abnormally or is determined to be weak, then a soy allergy or sensitivity is determined to be present. There are different correlating muscles for gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, wheat and other foods.

“We can determine food and chemical sensitivities very quickly, without having to send it [samples] out to a lab, and we still get consistent and accurate results,” says Dr. Galyardt.

Structural Rehab
Applied kinesiology is also used to identify mechanical and structural issues, such as a sprained ankle, painful joint or back pain. Once the misalignment has been pinpointed through muscle testing, an alternative form of physical therapy or rehabilitation is performed. “Normally a physical therapist or massage therapist focuses on the tight muscle, trying to get it to relax, to soften it, so it ‘fires’ a little bit less,” says Dr. Galyardt. “What we’re looking for is the muscle that isn’t firing appropriately; we’re focusing on getting that one to contract like it should.”

My Heart Made My Knee Hurt
Applied kinesiology addresses physical pain caused by emotional trauma through several techniques.

Dr. Candice Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion, discovered through her research that tiny molecules called neuropeptides form when a person experiences an emotion. Rather than leaving the body, these peptides float around in the body and settle in organs or muscle tissue. If the emotions are negative – the result of a traumatic experience, for example – they can manifest as physical pain, imbalance and diagnosable medical conditions. Thus, it’s possible that a patient complaining that her knee hurts (when there has been no trauma to the knee) may be experiencing pain caused by a past painful emotional event.

Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) isolates where the peptides are located within the body and helps the patient trace it to the original emotional trauma. The AK practitioner then uses various techniques, such as pounding or massaging the back or neck, to assist the patient in releasing the energy.

“The body can process these peptides and release them,” reports Galyardt. “The hope is that they will be able to release the emotional trauma and its effect on the body goes away.”

AK is Economical
Using AK can be more economically prudent than traditional Western medicine. In Galyardt’s practice, for example, he says that patients with out-of-network chiropractic insurance benefits are reimbursed 60 to 80 percent for visits. Medicare patients are reimbursed $35 per visit.

Patients may save thousands of dollars in unnecessary procedures and testing, not to mention the pain they might avoid.

“I’ve had patients with an ileocecal valve that is not functioning properly. If they had gone the traditional route they might have been told they had appendicitis or a burst ovary,” says Dr. Galyardt. “If they had gone into repair it or to take something out, they would have had to go through a full-blown surgery and they would have spent thousands of dollars.”

“I’ve had patients who have had a faster heart rate and were not able to catch their breath. They’ve been put through EKGs and 24 heart rate tests, all types of things. We do one or two visits to get the structure of the ribs back in the right place and they feel great.”

Many people who suffer from undiagnosable conditions and those who would prefer to try natural, non-invasive approaches to their medical care can benefit from trying Applied Kinesiology.

For more information about Applied Kinesiology Center of the Rockies visit the website, www.akrockies.com or call 970-282-1173.