Applied Kinesiology, or muscle testing, is an energetic assessment of the body. I use muscle testing primarily to determine what tests might be appropriate, to determine possible food sensitivities, which areas of the body need nourishing, and in designing protocols.

Applied kinesiology (AK) was first introduced by Dr. George Goodheart, a second generation chiropractor, in 1964. It is a synthesis of many complementary therapies providing an interdisciplinary approach to health care.

Applied kinesiology is used in addition to standard diagnostic techniques to help determine causes of various health problems. AK uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. In general, the practitioner looks for a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine what the cause of the dysfunction is. The doctor will then evaluate and provide the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.

Therapies utilized with AK include chiropractic, neuro-lymphatic reflex therapy, sacro-cranial technique, meridian therapy, various soft tissue techniques, and nutrition. AK seeks to determine causes of imbalances and work with your body to make the necessary physiological changes to restore health.

Applied kinesiology is based upon the chiropractic philosophy that there is a triad of health consisting of a structural, a chemical, and a mental/emotional component. Poor health is a result of an imbalance in any one of these three aspects. The triangle is interactive and an imbalance in any component may adversely affect another. An example of this may be a musculoskeletal complaint (say lower back pain) brought on by a chemical imbalance (caused by an open ileocecal valve). Applied kinesiology is a unique diagnostic useful in detecting the locus of the imbalance. The A.K practitioner may then utilize therapies that maximize the bodies own innate healing capabilities.

Dr. Hastings completed his 100 hour basic course in A.K in April of 2000. He spent a year mentoring under Dr. Kurt Vreeland, a well-known practitioner and lecturer of A.K. For more information on Applied kinesiology visit the International College of Applied Kinesiology website at

My training is in athletics. When I had my best days, my mind was off and my body was on. I trust my body more than my mind. Muscle testing gives me clues that I wouldn't normally have.


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