It is a diagnostic and treatment system used by doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, dentists and even veterinarians based on manual muscle testing, through which the trained professional is able to obtain information from the body about what factors (physical, chemical, or mental) are affecting the musculoskeletal system and producing muscle imbalances that can secondaryly lead to joint instability and pain.
Applied Kinesiologia (KA) is used as a very useful tool to reinforce and refine clinical findings that health professionals are in consultation daily. It often allows us to find stressors that cause imbalances in the patient’s body that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Treatments in KA often use joint manipulations and mobilizations, release of myofascial structures, cranial and visceral osteopathy techniques, balance of acupuncture meridians, nutritional advice, etc.
It is based on the neurophysiology of muscle response to various stressful stimuli. When the system is subjected to one of these stimuli, it reacts by inhibiting certain muscles, which will appear weak to the test.
When the examiner encounters an inhibited muscle, there will in all likelihood be an antagonistal muscle (performing the opposite action) with an excess of tone. This muscle imbalance leads to joint instability and with repeated use can end up injuring the joint.