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What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology, also known as manual muscle testing, is one of the key diagnostic tools we use to identify
and respond to your body’s needs.
Most people are aware of how nerve or brain damage (ie. Stroke) affects muscle function. There are
two options with damage…muscle contracture (increased tone) or muscle weakness (decreased
Beginning with posture assessment, any asymmetry we observe means that a muscle has increased
in tone and/or decreased in tone. If your shoulder is elevated on the right, we know which muscles
pull the shoulder down, so we manually test those muscles and identify which muscle is weakened.
A weak muscle indicates nerve damage or dysfunction. One potential cause is injury or compression,
such as a disc herniation. But that’s not the only cause of nerve damage or dysfunction. Using the
stroke example, there was nothing physically wrong with the brain, it was starved of an essential
nutrient…oxygen…and brain cells died.
Let’s stay with the stroke example… If we were able to test the muscle weakness in that arm, and
increase the strength in that particular muscle, wouldn’t that require that we revived the brain cells
that caused the weakness (the answer is yes). Since the cells are deceased in a stroke patient, that
probability is low…but, because the brain is so adaptable, we might be able to activate a muscle
response by strengthening brain cells near the damage, and still get the muscle to strengthen.
With the disc herniation, if we are able to strengthen the muscle, that means we are able to reduce
the disc herniation.
The point is that muscle testing will only respond if you are correcting the cause of nerve
damage or dysfunction, which makes it a perfect feedback system to identify your health needs…and
respond to them.
On a more subtle level, in the absence of paralysis, we will often find that several muscle imbalances
are present, which represent the dysfunction of the nerve. The same principles apply…whatever we
can do that increases muscle function requires that we are addressing the core cause of the nerve
Dysfunction of the nerves can come from any imbalance in your body….hormonal, blood sugar, stress
or inflammation. So, when we open up our possibility that the nerve could be repaired by
anything…physical, chemical, or energetic (even emotional patterns)…we can accurately assess your
blocks to healing. And your needs for nourishment and stimulation. And your needs for stress
That helps us determine your best action steps for a return to health and healing.
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|Dr. Stone is a Chiropractic Physician, certified in Integrated Natural Medicine and Applied Kinesiology,
and Functional Diagnostic Medicine. He also has over 300 hours of post doctoral education in
Functional Neurology. This clinic does not treat named conditions,
rather we treat each individual toward health.
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