There are three essential elements required for total health:
- Structural: Spinal alignment and muscle balance;
- Nutritional: Biochemical balance;
- Emotional: Psychological Health.
These three elements must be addressed when an individual is seeking health and wellness.
When a person has ill health, at least one of these factors is involved, and often 2 or all 3 will be involved.
An example of this would be a person suffering with a long-term intestinal irritation. There may also be low back pain, due to the dual nerve supply to the low back and the intestines. There may be emotional stress, which would exacerbate these symptoms. Mal-absorption of nutrients may further deplete the body chemically. It is imperative in the treatment of this person that all 3 aspects are looked at in order to restore the triad of health and bring the person towards complete fitness.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) provides a system whereby the practitioner works with the patient and the patient is able to actively participate in his own treatment through an immediate source of feed back from muscle testing.
It must be emphasized that AK is used in conjunction with other standard diagnostic tests where necessary.
When you visit an AK practitioner expect to be involved. She may test for mechanical defects of the spine and possible cranial and pelvic distortion, any associated visceral dysfunction, toxicity, allergy problems and for an emotional component.
Treatment might involve manipulative work, guidance in self help, possibly nutritional support, homeopathic remedies and treatment aimed at helping stress-related problems.