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Body talking

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Background

  • Body talking, another name for applied kinesiology (AK), is a technique that uses muscle testing with the aim to diagnose nutritional deficiencies and health problems. It is based on the concept that weakness in certain muscles corresponds to specific disease states or body imbalances. Body talking practitioners may diagnose organ dysfunction, energy blockage, or allergies (including those to foods and drugs).
  • Muscle testing is when a practitioner touches certain key points of the body to subjectively test if a certain muscle is weak or strong.
  • AK was developed in the 1960s by George Goodheart Jr., a chiropractor who asserted that postural distortions may be associated with weak muscles. He suggested that with his assessment technique, interventions could be identified and tested based on their ability to make muscles stronger and change postural distortions. Currently, chiropractors, naturopaths, medical doctors, dentists, nutritionists, physical therapists, massage therapists, nurse practitioners, or other qualified health providers may practice AK. The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK), founded in the 1970s, has established standards of practice for this form of assessment.

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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