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Applied Kinesiology

Scotia Chiropractic offers Applied Kinesiology (AK), which is a diagnostic system using manual muscle testing to link the physics of body movement and muscle function to health and healthcare. Applied Kinesiology can only be performed by healthcare professionals.

AK borrows from many different disciplines and, through the use of accurate, scientific muscle testing, as well as the basic knowledge of the practitioner, it helps direct the care to exactly what the patient needs are. It uses the principle that the body is a self-maintaining, self-correcting mechanism.

Aims of Applied Kinesiology

To restore the balance of structural, chemical and mental factors which together unite to form the 'triad of health'. Health has structural, chemical and mental factors which must be equally balanced producing the 'triad of health'. When a person has ill health, at least one of these factors is involved and often two, or all three. The principle of Applied Kinesiology is to analyse and check all three factors and treat any or all that are disrupted.

What to Expect when Going for a Treatment

AK gives a detailed insight into body function but it must be emphasised that it is used in conjunction with standard diagnostic tests whenever relevant – X-rays, physical diagnosis, history, blood tests, etc. AK examination enhances standard diagnosis and is enhanced by standard diagnosis.
The treatment program may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilisation, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluation of environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

What does an AK Practitioner Treat?

AK may be able to help with basic structural problems, e.g.

  • low back pain
  • sciatica
  • headaches and migraines
  • postural abnormalities
  • disc injuries
  • nerve root irritation
  • acute onset sports injuries
  • stress related disorders.

In addition, an AK practitioner may be able to address many other functional and systemic disorders, e.g.

  • allergies, including asthma, eczema and hay fever
  • recurrent ear, nose and throat infections
  • hormone-related disorders
  • symptoms of PMT and menopause
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • post viral syndrome/ME
  • food intolerances
  • sleep pattern disorders
  • childhood disorders including dyslexia and behavioural problems.
Chiropractic is integral to health and well being.
Patients deserve the best care possible.

About Scotia Chiropractic

Chiropractic is integral to health and well being. We are committed to improving health and wellness through the relief of musculoskeletal pain. Understanding and meeting our patients’ specific needs lies at the core of our service.


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