When you visit Smith Chiropractic, you will see that all three doctors utilize an examination procedure called Applied Kinesiology. This is a system of evaluation body function by manual muscle testing to assess neurological function. As part of this technique, therapy localization is used during the course of their examination to determine where and what type of treatment your body most needs.
You will observe them placing fingers/hand on specific body points while testing a muscle’s performance. A change in the muscles activity indicates that the area being touched is functioning abnormally. No change in the muscles strength indicates normal function. By touching these body points, nerve receptors are being affected and muscle performance is being observed to see how the nervous system responds. Thus guiding the doctor to the proper biomechanical, biochemical or psycho-emotional treatment.
With physical or structural ailments, this type of testing may reveal that the area needs to be adjusted to improve function. All joints in the body can be included in this type of evaluation including: the spine, pelvis, hips, legs, ankles, feet, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and even the cranial (skull) bones.
You may be wondering why the doctor may evaluate your skull. Contrary to popular belief the skull is not one solid bone but rather 22 slightly moveable bones that share movement with the sacrum at the base of the spine. This boney movement rhythmically pumps cerebrospinal fluid around your brain and spinal cord. This circulation is important to provide the nutrients and oxygen needed by our central nervous system that controls and coordinates all other body systems.
Dysfunctions in the skull are called cranial faults that not only disturb the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid but also creates a torque or tension on the dura mater. The dura mater is a thin protective layer surrounding the brain and spinal cord. When tension develops in this thin membrane it can interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses to vital organs, glands, muscles, and literally every tissue of the body. If a cranial fault is found by specific patterns of muscular weakness, gentle pressure is applied to the structures involved to reestablish motion and balance their rhythm. The muscles that were show to be weakened by this cranial-sacral dysfunction can then be retested to confirm correction.
Another important system that governs body function is something referred to in Chinese Medicine as the meridian system. Meridians are channels of energy that flow throughout the body. If the energy in the various channels is in excess or deficient, dysfunction will result in associated organs/glands and muscles. A disturbance in the normal flow of energy is identified by utilizing therapy localization and the observance of a change in muscle strength during a manual muscle test. If an imbalance is found, structural faults, nutritional factors, homeopathic remedies and/or stimulation of acupuncture points is utilized for balancing the disturbed energy.
So whether you have pain in your body, digestive issues, respiratory distress, emotional/mental health challenges, nervous energy, or an everyday common cold, your body has the answers to what is working properly and what is not.
We have many health care options available to us today. Utilizing a system that accesses your body’s inborn wisdom like Applied Kinesiology may prove to be just what you are looking for in the resolution of your ailments. Seeking the expertise of an Applied Kinesiologist that can test your body and have it tell you what is needed to avoid treating symptoms and address the root cause of your health struggles.
Trust your body, if you listen to it, it will tell you what it needs.
Dr. Craig, Dr. Scott and Dr. Ryan