Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions

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Clearly written and fully illustrated throughout, this text offers practical, comprehensive coverage of the lower body and its related disorders. Over 300 pages of highly illustrated material from leaders in the field of applied kinesiology ensure the anatomy and techniques involved in the application of AK are easier to follow than before. Having guided the clinician through a clinical reasoning process to help establish the differential diagnosis of acute and chronic lower body disorders, the book then addresses the range of AK therapeutic options available, with the research evidence base to support these choices.

In addition to conditions generally considered to be orthopedic, e.g. feet, ankle and knee, there are two chapters on peripheral nerve entrapments in the lower body. There are chapters on each of the procedures used in applied kinesiology for these dysfunctions. The result is a textbook that continues the line of AK textbooks begun by Dr. David S. Walther in the 1970s that will provide an invaluable source of reference for all students and practitioners in the field of AK and manual muscle testing for physical treatment of lower body disorders.

Many patients receive excellent care of their spine, but there is failure to correct problems in the gait or extremities causing the patient to walk their back problem back in before they get home from the treatment. This book demonstrates how to find the reason(s) why spinal dysfunctions – even though adequately corrected – continue to return.

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Key Features:
  • Comprehensive “one-stop” textbook on lower body pain and dysfunction
  • A detailed, illustrated, evidence-based discussion of the relationship of muscle weakness to lower body pain and dysfunction
  • Describes the normal anatomy and physiology as well as the most common disorders
  • 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 comparative review of clinical findings from objective and subjective examinations for specific foot, ankle, knee, leg, pelvic and lumbar dysfunctions
New to this edition:
  • Expanded coverage includes additions on the Systemic Conditions of lower body dysfunctions, comprehensively updated AK research and its application to evidence-based approaches to lower body problems, and many new illustrations
  • Integrates standard orthopedic examination and treatment procedures with AK and thoroughly covers the lower extremity
  • Locating and correcting peripheral nerve entrapment is one of the most often misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions


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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