Dr. Michael Turcotte
Educator of Holistic Healthcare and Traditional Naturopathy
A PRIVATE MEMBER NON-PUBLIC ESTABLISHMENT
Applied Kinesiology and Organ Meridian Assessments
First let us recognize that some may be hesitant about using the surface of the skin to detect things that are going on with your organs internally. Understandable, as some of the biggest skeptics, we had to wrap our minds around the fact that meridians can now be detected and acupuncture is accepted by health insurance companies in seen in most hospitals. Our practitioners are considered the most God gifted AK practitioners in the area.
History & Discovery
Understand that for years meridians were thought of as eastern witchcraft or quackery, charts grafts and models were found dating back 5000 years! Then someone decided to hook the human body up to a spectrum analyzer like the use in an EEG or EKG and low and behold there they were the meridians of the human body! Now acupuncture is found in most hospitals across our nation and although they won’t make many claims other than it help with pain and stress.
The Science & Evidence
There’s a great deal of evidence (1) (2) (3 ) (4) and science now shows us that the body does in fact have meridians, which are channels for subtle energy, coursing throughout the body. Much of medicine has ignored this data, just as they have ignored the fact that all matter is energy in most of their treatment protocols. It stands to reason that if all matter is energy, atoms, minerals, all elements, including your body, then at least some health complaints have their roots in the energetic properties of the body and therefore at least part of the solution rests in the energetic realm as well.
It’s worth noting that Applied Kinesiology provides a very logical explanation for the interconnection between the energetic dynamics of the subtle energetics of the body with the structural components of the body, and how influencing acupuncture meridians can have lasting effects on structural problems. You may or may not know that even the surface of the head and body for EEGs and EKGs was considered hokey for many years and people even were sentenced to serve prison time for practicing these same diagnostics.
My personal belief is that all these detectable, scientific and energetic pathways were the life put into created human as God breathed life into Adam and Eve.
Thought AK in my opinion is not 100% accurate it is by far less invasive then most medical tests and when used properly to detect imbalances and used in conjunct with my other assessments can be a huge insight and directing research tool.
While generally regarded as harmless, it should NEVER be used alone for someone who is seriously ill. You should NEVER delay in getting proper medical diagnosis and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, “applied kinesiology has occasionally resulted in harm, including ONE death due to a lack of diagnosis and choice of treatment. Relying on AK alone could be dangerous for patients with serious diseases such as cancer.”
What Applied Kinesiology and Meridian Assessments Looks Like
Applied Kinesiology is a system for evaluating where the body and the mind can be suffering from dysfunction. But in addition to being a great tool, it is also a way to assess and balance the muscle tissues and organs of the body that may be imbalanced-dysfunctioning and or distressed.
Applied Kinesiology is looking at the tripod representing the 3 pillars of health: the structural, the chemical, and the emotional components. And since it is looking at all 3 of these components, AK is considered a functional holistic approach to looking at a person’s overall health and balance.
Looking at all Three Pillars of Health
Firstly, AK looks at all of the structural elements of a person’s health. It looks at the range of motion of joints, at posture, and at weak muscle patterns.
Secondly, AK looks at the chemical or biochemical influences that are affecting health. This is often reflected in a hormonal imbalance. The body is regulated by a delicate balance of hormones. An imbalance in these hormones can cause swelling, fat accumulation, blood sugar irregularities, or hundreds of other manifestations of disease.
Finally, AK looks at the emotional imbalances that can be affecting health. Unreleased anger, sadness, or depressive thoughts can have a significant burden on health and need to be resolved in order to maximize health.
Each of these pillars – structural, chemical, and emotional- influence each other and multiply their negative effect by exerting this influence.
Pain caused by structural problems can produce negative emotions. Negative emotions can influence pain in structural components. Everything operates together and each component must be considered when the goal is true health and well-being.
Where can Applied Kinesiology be Used?
AK has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It has been used to find nutritional deficiencies, food or chemical sensitivities, joint pain, muscle weakness, posture issues, and a wide variety of conditions that have structural, chemical or emotional root causes. The primary technique used in Applied Kinesiology is muscle testing. When done by a properly trained practitioner, this can reveal a great deal about the nature of the health issue.
How is AK Preformed?
Muscle testing is looking for muscles that are “strong” or “weak.” When a muscle is tested, the practitioner is not really looking at the actual muscle strength. This could be significantly different for a body builder versus for an elderly patient. Finding absolute muscle strength is not the goal. Instead muscle testing is used to determine if the nervous system is reacting in a favorable manner or not. Practitioners are looking for the response of the nervous system and not the actual strength of the muscle.
If the “circuit” is not behaving properly, the muscle will not “lock” when the practitioner applies resistance. Then it is considered weak. Therefore, an elderly person could have a muscle that is reacting well and “holding” while a body builder could have a muscle that is not “holding” and is therefore considered weak using the terms of Applied Kinesiology.
How can Muscle Testing Identify Issues Throughout the Body?
This muscle testing is often used to identify allergies or food sensitivities. This can be done in a few different ways. One approach is to place food under the tongue or even have the patient hold the food in his/her hand as the muscle is tested. As the food is held, muscle testing is giving an indication of whether that food is “strengthening” or “weakening” the patient.
The founder of Applied Kinesiology, Dr. George Goodheart, observed a direct relationship between poor posture and weak muscle patterns. He found that posture improved when the underlying muscle weaknesses were treated. By treating the underlying cause of the poor posture, he was able to correct posture issues that were responsible for pain throughout the body.
What Does an Applied Kinesiology Session Look Like?
A trained practitioner will start by observing the patient and these observations would include looking at the patient’s posture, range of motion, and gait when walking. This observation will be combined with a thorough medical history. A muscle testing session would follow where muscle strength is observed and muscles are identified that either stand up to pressure or that give way to pressure. Based on this combination of medical history, physical observations, and muscle testing, a protocol will be developed for the specific patient.
Is Applied Kinesiology Right for You?
If you have issues that have not been resolved by following standard techniques, you should definitely consider Applied Kinesiology. This could be persistent pain, difficulty with weight loss, or any condition that has not responded well to standard therapy.
It is extremely important to find a well-trained and experienced practitioner. AK is both a science and an art. You want to work with someone that has worked with many patients and that has a broad range of training in treating all of the possible manifestations of illness – structural, chemical, and emotional. I’m really good at this art, it is a gift from God to me. If you are local, I would love to discuss this approach with you in person.
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