Take a moment to read this article featuring Dr. Galyardt and his experience as an applied kinesiology practitioner.

Applied Kinesiology: Effective, Affordable Alternative Medicine

What if your body could simply tell you what’s wrong? What if when you had back pain, for example, rather than getting a series of x-rays and tests, being groggy from pain medication, and possibly undergoing extensive and risky surgery, you could find the source of the pain and treat the underlying cause naturally for a fraction of the cost?

Sounds too easy, doesn’t it?
It really is that simple with applied kinesiology (AK), according to Dr. Benjamin Galyardt, DC, of the Applied Kinesiology Center of the Rockies in Fort Collins.

Applied kinesiology was developed in the 1960s by Detroit chiropractor George J. Goodheart, Jr. who experimented with muscle testing, correlating specific muscles to each organ using the acupuncture meridian. Essentially, specific muscles become weaker when an organ, structure or chemical is out of balance. Whether there are scientifically provable results from this type of alternative medicine is a matter of debate, especially within traditional Western medicine.

Applied kinesiology can be used to diagnose and identify a variety of conditions including food and environmental allergies and sensitivities, mechanical structural imbalances or traumas, pain relief and organ dysfunction.

Gluten, Soy, Nuts, Dairy and Wheat
Food sensitivities can be identified through the use of AK. “There is a direct neurological link between the tongue and brain that can be stimulated via taste or smell and it will cause muscle strength change based on either one of those stimuli,” explains Galyardt. “The brain recognizes a problem as soon as it [the food being tested] touches the tongue.”

For example, to identify a soy allergy, soy is placed on the tongue and a kinesiologist tests a muscle associated with male and female hormones, the gluteus medius. The patient is asked to resist force applied to the muscle; if the muscle reacts abnormally or is determined to be weak, then a soy allergy or sensitivity is determined to be present. There are different correlating muscles for gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, wheat and other foods.

“We can determine food and chemical sensitivities very quickly, without having to send it [samples] out to a lab, and we still get consistent and accurate results,” says Dr. Galyardt.

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