Saturday, November 27, 2010

Applied kinesiology and other fruits of a great year

Research papers; foot and ankle chapters; chapters on peripheral nerve entrapments of the lower body; applied kinesiology diagnostic and treatment methods; the evolution of applied kinesiology methods over the past decade...the fruits of Spring-Summer and Fall 2010

A long and fruitful year is coming to its cyclical end. So with a daily rhythm of patient-care, clinic management, exercise, reading, music (punctuated by half-cooked but hearty meals) - and then more writing, a huge amount of work has been accomplished.

All of this work is being completed on the cliffs above the Arkansas River here in Pueblo, Colorado. The natural scenes that surround us here suggest certain values – old oaks dignity, pines resolution, the pond calm, the river ceaseless flow – and therefore in an unobtrusive way, this environment has acted as an inspiration to virtuous, steady, and deep work.

On the cliffs above the Arkansas

Scott on his pond near the convergence of the Arkansas River and his home

A beautiful tiny pine tree starting its long life
(it'll throw shade on my grave!)
…Nature can so inform
The mind that is within us, so impress
With quietness and beauty, and so feed
With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues,
Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men,
Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
The dreary intercourse of daily life,
Shall e’er prevail against us, or disturb
Our chearful faith that all which we behold
Is full of blessings.

-- William Wordsworth

Applied Kinesiology writing and research, 2010

A number of applied kinesiology research projects have borne fruit. An important paper (co-authored with Dr. Anthony Rosner and Dr. Donald McDowall from Australia) regarding the presence of positive manual muscle test (MMT) findings in patients with mechanical neck pain (MNP) is about to be published in the PubMed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT).

The paper’s title is Association of manual muscle tests and mechanical neck pain: Results from a prospective pilot study. Look for its appearance in the next few months!

Our efforts to make JBMT the official journal of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) has also borne fruit, and we hope that the publication of this important paper (describing an important “subgroup” of patients with MNP who have a definitive and measurable tissue-impairment amenable to diagnosis) will coincide with the announcement that ICAK has made the JBMT its official journal.

The work with the ICAK USAs research director Anthony Rosner, PhD has been an incredible experience. His depth of understanding, sympathy for a fellow writer, and gifts for presenting scientific information in a lyrical and certainly elegant style have been a true internship for me. We have been successful in publishing a number of applied kinesiology papers this year, with several more already accepted for publication or in development.

v    Cuthbert S, Rosner A. Applied Kinesiology Management of Long-Term Head Pain Following Automotive Injuries: A Case Report. Chiropr J Aust. 2010;40:109-16. Available at:

v    Cuthbert S, Rosner A. Applied kinesiology methods for a 10-year-old child with headaches, neck pain, asthma, and reading disabilities. J Chiro Med. 2010; 9(3):138-145. Available at:

v    Cuthbert S, Rosner A. Applied kinesiology methods for sciatica and restless leg syndrome. Iowa Chiropractic Society Review. Summer 2010:6-9, 19.

v    Cuthbert S, Rosner A. Applied Kinesiology Management of Candidiasis and Chronic Ear Infections: A Case History. J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - August 3, 2010. Available at:

Another important paper submitted to the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Congress in Rio de Janeiro next year, on the applied kinesiology assessment and treatment of 21 patients with urinary incontinence (UI) is also in process of review.
Titled: Conservative Management of Urinary Incontinence: A Case Series Report.

The design and creation of the George J. Goodheart, Jr. portrait bust for Palmer Chiropractic College was completed.

Dr. Shaun Craig with Goodheart Bust

A paper comparing the muscular system assessment methods of Dr. Goodheart to Dr. Vladimir Janda's methods was published in Dynamic Chiropractic, titled Muscle Imbalance: The Goodheart and Janda Models. Available at:

A much broader discussion of this subject will be in the next volume of the applied kinesiology textbook, tentatively titled:

Applied Kinesiology Volume IV:
Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions -- Developments in Goodheart’s Approach

This book has been an intense focus of my activity for the past 2 years and is developing well. If the gods favor me, the book should be ready for submission to its publisher in 2012.

Asher Brown Durand, Kindred Spirits (1849)

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