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Definition:
Applied Kinesiology is an alternative medical practice which assumes that people's illnesses are caused by improperly balanced "energy fields" in the body. Problems are diagnosed by "testing" the muscles, each of which is presumed to be connected to different organs, to determine what is wrong. The proposed solution is to apply particular types of muscle massages which are supposed to release blockages and stimulate energy flow, thus returning the patient to good health. Applied Kinesiology is often used by chiropracters in addition to their traditional chiropractic methods.

Because there is no empirical evidence for even the existence of such energy fields, much less their impact upon health, Applied Kinesiology is not scientific by any stretch of the imagination. It is a philosophy-based medicine, starting from the philosophy of mystical energy in the body and creating treatments based upon that alone. At best, it may have the same effect as a good massage - not something to be treated lightly, but also not something to be claimed as a valid means of curing illness.

One outgrowth of applied kinesiology is "behavioral kinesiology," developed by John Diamond. He follows the same basic philosophy of AK in that he believes that each muscle relates to some particular organ, but he adds to this the central role of the thymus gland in regulating a person's psychic energy.

Also Known As: muscle testing

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