Dr. Donald McDowall’s Review of AK Essentials

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.

The topics are discussed relevant to controversy, peer critique, historical perspective and current knowledge. The author’s theme: “The missing Link in Healthcare” rings throughout his discussion of current rehabilitation inefficiency.

The author uses the older style of long sentences and paragraphs which can require a more focused read. His grammar is of a more academic style of 3 or more syllables interspersed with novelesque discussions useful for the novice reader of AK methods.

Applied Kinesiology Essentials has arrived at the right time in modern clinical structural care. It updates the evidence for the validation of Goodheart’s original research from the 1960’s. Updating the referencing of AK methods that Walther published in the 1970-80’s and now pushes AK methods ahead of current rehabilitation trends while at the same time consolidating the value of traditional chiropractic methods.

I enjoyed the discussion in Chapter 1 where Drs. Janet Travell (of Trigger Point therapy fame) and Goodheart co treated a patient on stage to resolve his difficult TMJ pain. Chapter 3 has a great discussion how AK improves the efficiency of chiropractic neurology methods. Chapter 6 discusses how AK methods help emotional conditions and are now used by mental health workers. Chapter 10 describes the research contributions of Goodheart, Thie and Diamond to the ancient system of Chinese medicine. The impact of applied kinesiology through Thie’s patient program of Touch for Health continues to help millions of people around the world.

Hopefully, clinicians will adopt this new information to help diagnose their patients quicker, get them better faster and keep them better longer.

Amazon.com lists 649 books with the search topic “Applied Kinesiology”. This book is unique, in that it provides the current evidence for logic and application of the basic AK methods, thus providing data that can be used to answer the current complaints by skeptic societies attempting to denigrate the work of any allied or complementary therapist.

The price of US$79.99 hardly reflects the years of work creating this book. It’s value far exceeds its cost.

Traditional AK methods got locked into the research, terminology and style of clinical practice of the 1960-70’s. Dr. Cuthbert has broken that mold with Applied Kinesiology Essentials-The Missing Link in Healthcare and shows the modern relevance of the original observations of the pioneers of Applied Kinesiology.

Add this book, as well as the next in the series, to your library or iPad. This book achieves its aim and needs quite reflection and time to impress its theme on the reader.

Donald McDowall, DC, MAppSc, DIBAK, FACC
President International College of Applied Kinesiology Australasia.