During the 1960's, a new system of evaluation began to develop in chiropractic. Dr. George Goodheart of Detroit, Michigan, found that evaluation of normal and abnormal body function could be accomplished by using muscle tests. Since the original discovery, the principle has broadened to include evaluation of the nervous, vascular, lymphatic, nutritional, acupuncture, and cerebrospinal fluid function. This system is now called "Applied Kinesiology".
Muscle tests are applied to different areas of the body in a manner that isolates a specific muscle for evaluation. You will note from your examination that some muscles test strong and others appear extremely weak - perhaps the same muscle functions well on one side and poorly on the other. The "weakness" indicates not only poor function of the muscle, but also possible dysfunction with the organ and other tissue on the same nerve, vascular, nutritional grouping. Further evaluation will reveal which controlling factor may be at fault. If correction is successful, there will be a remarkable improvement in the muscle test.
Since nerves control body functions, including all the major systems, it is essential that all the nerves in the body be evaluated. Applied kinesiology provides an ability to evaluate function of the nervous system, which controls organs, glands, joints and muscles.
The muscle involvement provides an opportunity to determine when the body is functioning optimally. During the course of the examination, a muscle may be tested while you have your finger or hand on a certain spot. When the muscle is retested, there may be a remarkable change in its strength. Your hand is being used to stimulate nerve receptors, which may be involved with the same neurological relationship as the muscle. By doing so, it can be determined whether function is normal. This test, in combination with other clinical findings will assist in giving indications for effective treatment.