DR. BEST Chiropractor
Applied Kinesiology Los Angeles
Dr. Ken Best, D.C. has been practicing Applied Kinesiology since 1990, when he completed his first 300 hours of study. Dr. Best, D.C. went on to study with the founder of Applied Kinesiology Dr. George Goodheart, D.C. and then continued to assist teaching the ICAK Applied Kinesiology course with Dr. Robert Blaich, D.C. for 7 years teaching hundreds of other doctors the art and science behind Applied Kinesiology.
Dr. Best, D.C. now practices in the heart of Los Angeles, by the Grove and LACMA:
The origin of applied kinesiology is traced to 1964 when George J. Goodheart, Jr., D.C., first observed that postural distortion (for example head tilt, high shoulder, high hip) is usually associated with muscles that test weak. He found that by applying the appropriate therapy, the muscle would test strong and the postural distortion would change.
The College was founded in 1976 by a group of doctors who had been teaching others in applied kinesiology. The purpose of the College is to promote research and the teaching of AK. It is a professional association dedicated to bringing together doctors and students with common interests and goals.
In addition to the ICAK-U.S.A. chapter, in the mid 1980s, the organization grew into chapters representing Australia, Canada, and Europe. In late 1996, the European chapter was reorganized; Germany, Italy, England (U.K.), Scandinavia and BeNeLux are all recognized now as having official chapter status. Many more chapters are being added each year from other countries all over the world.
It takes hundreds of hours of study and years of practice to perfect the multitude of diagnostic techniques that have been developed in AK. In fact, any AK practitioner will tell you that s/he is constantly refining and developing manual muscle testing skills and the interpretation of the test results.
At first glance, muscle testing appears easy, fascinating and impressive. The ability to test muscles, however, requires specific techniques, sensitivity and objectivity. Once the muscle testing skill has been developed, it becomes necessary to interpret the outcome of the test. Interpreting the results requires the years of training that qualifies one as a licensed physician. Therefore, applied kinesiology is only taught to persons licensed to diagnose in the health care field.
To practice AK, one must take a basic course that takes over 100 hours of classroom study and practice to complete. A basic proficiency exam in AK must be passed at the end of the course. A minimum of 300 hours of AK instruction, passage of written and oral examinations, and submission of two original research papers are required to reach the next step; becoming a diplomate of the International Board of Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK). A diplomate represents the highest level of certification in AK.
Does applied kinesiology replace standard examinations?
Applied kinesiology is used in addition to standard diagnostics to help determine the cause of a health problem. For example, with certain conditions like hypoglycemia, there will be muscle patterns of weakness or strength found with AK. However, these same patterns could be present because of another nervous system problem such as disease or some type of adaptation.
Only an adequate history of the person, together with standard examination procedures and laboratory findings, will indicate the proper treatment course. Therefore, people performing a simple muscle test and diagnosing what vitamins are needed or other information about health without standard examination is inappropriate. This is making health decisions well beyond what a simple muscle test can determine and actually may be harmful.
The determination of your need for dietary supplements requires knowledge of your symptoms along with an examination for known physical signs of imbalances and a dietary history. Blood, urine, saliva or stool analyses may be added to the foregoing. An applied kinesiology examination provides additional information and can help to determine what is missing and needs supplementation. Using applied kinesiology, a doctor can often determine which of the many available laboratory tests are the most appropriate to be performed. This can result in a more effective diagnosis while at the same time reducing health care costs.
Who is eligible to attend a course on applied kinesiology?
The International College of Applied Kinesiology and the courses offered by the College are only open to those individuals who are health care practitioners, licensed to diagnose, or students enrolled in an accredited college program who, upon completion, will be granted a license to diagnose.