Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Healthcare

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The text fills an important gap in applied kinesiology and manual muscle testing literature. Clearly written and fully illustrated throughout, this text offers practical, comprehensive coverage of the AK approach to holistic health care. The basics of applied kinesiology are presented in a concise, comprehensive, and updated style – all in one volume. Over 300 pages of highly illustrated material from leaders in the field of applied kinesiology ensure the diagnostic and treatment approaches presented are up-to-the-minute and easier to follow than before.

This book offers many new ideas on the use of AK techniques in evaluating function. Having guided the clinician through a clinical reasoning process to help establish the differential diagnosis of functional disorders, the book then addresses the range of AK therapeutic options available, with the most updated evidence-base and updated concepts of evidence-based medicine to support these choices. Many subjects are covered here more extensively than ever before. An example is the chapter on therapy localization and challenge. Both animal and human experiments are discussed that show how the body immediately reacts when either therapy localization or challenge stimulate the sensorimotor system. The chapter on applied kinesiology and Traditional Chinese Medicine covers applied kinesiology’s unique methods of evaluating the meridian system, as well as the contemporary research showing the myofascial system as a metasystem capable of conducting Qi throughout the body.

Applied kinesiology’s approach to the triad of health has been expanded on the mental side, with research and outcomes studies from allied systems of AK-based healthcare presented.

Extensive referencing to the scientific literature is of value to the advanced applied kinesiologist who is doing further research in AK or explaining its methods to others in the healing arts. The result is a textbook that continues the line of best-selling AK textbooks begun by Dr. David S. Walther in the 1970s that will provide an invaluable resource for all students and practitioners in the field of AK, manual muscle testing, and complementary and alternative medicine.

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Key Features:
  • A comprehensive updating of the scientific rationales and approaches of AK and the importance of the manual muscle test in physical-emotional-nutritional diagnosis
  • Expanded coverage includes additions on the reliability and validity and expanding usefulness of the manual muscle test
  • A detailed, illustrated, evidence-based discussion of the relationship of muscle weakness to body pain and dysfunction
  • A rationale for treatment of the musculoskeletal system based on the relationship between the central nervous system and the muscular system
  • An integrative method for the functional examination of the muscular system
  • The role of muscular inhibition and functional pathology of the sensorimotor system relating to specific pain and functional complaints involving the upper and lower body, extremities and visceral systems
  • Examination and treatment have been improved and made much easier by Goodheart’s research, which has been reinforced by a broad sampling of contemporary scientific research
  • Presents indications for treatments and guidance on making the best treatment choices for each patient
  • Valuable clinical assessment protocols covering aspects of case history, physical examination supported by AK body language, imaging, and diagnostic methods incorporating the AK triad of health philosophy
  • A reassessment of evidence-based medicine in which the attributes of AK may be evaluated
  • The meridian system in AK
  • Comprehensively updated new AK research and its application to functional problems
  • Hundreds of new illustrations
  • This series of textbooks have been acclaimed by many who are in the process of studying applied kinesiology as being a very helpful tool
  • A thorough understanding of the material in this text will enable a physician, whatever his or her specialty, to more effectively handle problem patients and get to the basic underlying cause of a condition. Many health complaints are better understood with the information available in this text.


Dr. Mark O. Mathews’ Review of AK Essentials: The Missing Link in Healthcare

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OSTEOPATHS HAVE TRADITIONALLY been concerned with treating each person, whatever their problem, in an individual way. Traditionally diet, exercise, psychosocial, genetic and personal traits are factors considered together with postural evaluation, mobility and palpationary findings, as well as individual case histories, experience and skill, to inform osteopaths in regard to their evaluation and treatment of every patient.

When science, the law and matters of health and safety are making ever increasing demands on those of us working in the profession, backed up by ever more stringent validation procedures imposed by our regulators, there is an ever pressing need for us to use criteria to accurately inform us in measurable ways about the causes and effects of what we are doing with our patients.

Osteopathy evolved in the industrial age: this was a time when civil engineering and mechanics were transforming our relationship to the world and each other.

Little wonder that the metaphorical, mechanistic association that it is possible to observe between structure and function should have informed much of the thinking of our pioneering predecessors…

Dr. Donald McDowall’s Review of AK Essentials: The Missing Link in Healthcare

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This book is in medical textbook style. It describes the basis and practice of applied kinesiology. This is the third in a projected series of 5 volumes which aims to offer the most up-to-date literature reviews of the evidence for applied kinesiology methods in relationship to most functional illnesses including best practice diagnostic procedures.

The intended audience includes health academics, clinicians, therapists and body workers.

The author has a BA in Liberal Arts, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He is a member of the board of directors of ICAK-USA and chair of its research committee. Cuthbert was mentored, shared clinical practice, and bequeathed Walther’s research material. Cuthbert has published over 50 research studies on applied kinesiology methods including 10 papers indexed in PubMed. He is well qualified to write this continuation of Walther’s texts.

This softcover edition begins with reviews. The table of contents includes 11 chapters with topics and subtopics, each acknowledging contributing authors. Photographs, illustrations and tables occupy almost every page. References are identified through the text by name and are listed at the end of each chapter. Relevant quotations are sprinkled throughout…

Dr. Phil Maffetone Writes First Review of AK Essentials: The Missing Link in Healthcare

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A new generation of applied kinesiology (AK) textbooks is here. The first of several planned publications, Applied Kinesiology Essentials is co-authored and edited by Scott Cuthbert, DC.

Applied kinesiology is not another technique. Instead, it offers clinicians a system of evaluation to help choose a wide variety of existing techniques that best match the patient’s needs. This assessment process strongly emphasizes manual muscle testing. AK is a paradigm—an overreaching way of viewing the needs of patients, their individuality, and how we all strive for a healthier living. This notion, of course, and how we live it out, originates in our brains, and Applied Kinesiology Essentials conveys this model very well.

Cuthbert carefully discusses the extensive reaches of AK’s assessment and treatment capabilities. These include how body and brain dysfunction, whether pathologic or, most commonly, the reversible physiopathologic state, is reflected in muscle imbalance. Through a better understanding of afferent and efferent systems, sensorimotor receptors, mental receptors, proprioception and cognitive development with it’s important motor relationships, we can better integrate this holistic approach into a unique and effective model of healthcare.

Just as important, this textbook provides an up-to-date scientific scrutiny of a vast and often misunderstood—and misused—segment of healthcare. Those employing any aspect of manual muscle testing will find it refreshingly useful, from physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths, to medical doctors, massage therapists and other practitioners who incorporate any form of bodywork. This aspect of the book by itself has incredible value to help communicate the scientific strength of AK for the inter- and intra-professional exchange of ideas, and, when necessary, for local licensing boards and legal needs…

The Pueblo Chieftain: “Chiropractor co-writes 2 books”

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Who knew that Pueblo is considered a “hotbed” of knowledge and expertise in applied kinesiology? Anyone versed in AK knows. Those who aren’t probably may be wondering, just what is applied kinesiology, anyway?

AK is the practice of using muscle-strength testing to diagnose and guide the treatment of many health problems that allopathic doctors treat with medication or surgery.

Once studied and used primarily by chiropractors, the science of AK now is used as an adjunct tool by many osteopathic and naturopathic doctors, massage and physical therapists, acupuncturists and a growing number of open-minded medical doctors, according to Scott Cuthbert of Pueblo’s Chiropractic Health Center, 255 W. Abriendo Ave.

Cuthbert has co-written two new books that expand on the AK textbooks he used in chiropractic college, written by the late David Walther of Pueblo. Cuthbert is one of hundreds of professionals to study under Walther. He was one of a few to become an associate in Walther’s practice, where he’s been treating Puebloans for 13 years.

Walther’s textbooks are known and used worldwide, Cuthbert said, but much has changed since they were last updated in 1998…

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