The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) is an organisation of physicians, chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists…whose main purpose is to improve and expand the scientific use of Applied Kinesiology in determining the cause of health problems. The organisation is open to all those who have completed an appropriate course of study in their chosen field and are licenced to practice by their regulators; consisting of medical doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists and other professions allied to healthcare.
Applied Kinesiology is a system for evaluating function that is unique in the healing arts. It has grown rapidly, both in the number of physicians using it and its concepts and scope. The examination procedures, developed within the chiropractic profession, appear to be such that they can be used in all branches of the healing arts.
AK is predominantly based around the art of muscle testing, not to test the strength of an individual; rather, to evaluate how the nervous system controls muscle function. The initial development of AK was directed toward correcting structural imbalance caused by poorly functioning muscles. The main objective being to support chiropractic adjustments of the spine, pelvis and other joints.
AK helps to discover the reason for functional disturbances and suggests a direction for corrective therapy. When AK is used in conjunction with the standard methods of diagnosis developed in medicine, chiropractic and osteopathy it allows a greater ability to understand a patient’s health problem.
In AK the Triad of Health, consisting of structure, chemical and mental factors are considered and all three should be equally balanced, forming an equilateral triangle of health. When a person experience’s poor health, one of these factors of the triad is always involved. With severe health problems and chronicity, two or all three factors may be involved. AK enables us to evaluate the triad’s balance in order to restore health.
Structure – with which chiropractic has always been involved, is the base of the triangle
Chemical – the chemical factor of health is dominated by the medical profession, with nutritionists performing an ever important role to help provide the basic raw materials for normal body function.
Mental – mental health care has been dominated by psychiatrist, psychologist and councillors.
In AK there is a strong emphasis on examining all three sides of the triad of health and directing therapeutic efforts towards the basic underlying cause of a problem. Often a health problem starts on one side of the triad and eventually can involve all three aspects. The key is to determine the primary factors(s) involved and treat accordingly. (Walther. D.S 1988-2000)
Orthomolecular medicine may be defined as the therapeutic use of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and other substances which occur in the living organism.
“Your remedies shall be your foods and your foods shall be your remedies” (Hippocrates)
The goal of orthomolecular medicine is the prevention and the cure of disease but also the achievement of its longevity with optimal function and performance. Applied Kinesiology a perfect diagnostic tool to assist in the achievement of these goals.
It helps to:
- Determine the individual need for specific orthomolecular substances
- Determine possible antagonistic/synergistic substances
- Identify individual intolerances to orthomolecular products
- Demonstrate direct pain alleviation with specifically indicated orthomolecular substances
- Optimise patient compliance