Quite often in applied kinesiology we refer to finding hidden or subclinical problems. Often these problems are hidden only by the manner in which patients are most frequently examined during their consultations with doctors who are seeking to discover the problem the patient complains about. The majority of examination is done with patients lying on their backs or lying face down or sitting during the question and answer session. This is for the doctor's convenience only, as it is the easiest way to test and is the position in which most treatment is done. The reason many functional bodily disturbances are not found is because this is not the position in which an individual lives.
We must examine you in the positions and during the activities that coincide with your symptom development. Observing body language by listening to and watching the how you move provides clues to determine how an examination should be done. The ability of the applied kinesiology physician to manual muscle test you in the precise positions of your pain (standing, walking, sitting, or twisting) provides the physician with an enormous advantage in the evaluation of functional health conditions.
On initial consultation you might state that your back pain usually develops by mid-day, and that sometimes you can hardly get through the day so that you can go home and sit down to get relief. If this is your situation, then obviously you should be tested in the standing or walking (called "gait") position. The simple fact that you get relief when you sit down says that something in the weight-bearing mechanisms of your body are causing the disturbance. Certainly the actual pain may be due to spinal joint subluxations or fixations, but it is almost certainly being aggravated by a disturbance in the foot, gait mechanism, body modules, spinal-dural tension, or some other factor under stress in the standing and gait positions.
The founder of applied kinesiology Dr. Goodheart has often said that body language does not lie.
Take, for example, the situation described above where an individual gains relief after getting home and relaxing. If the weight-bearing and other factors mentioned are not found positive, the applied kinesiology physician will persist with their evaluation by asking you about your working conditions. The type of physical activity may not be reproduced in the examination for gait, etc. Situations have been discovered where an individual stands on one leg and pushes a lever with the other leg all day long. Simulating that activity in the office reveals reactive muscles which, when corrected, completely eliminates the problem!
Similarly, when patients with insomnia disorders of various kinds are tested in the office with the lights in the examination room turned off, a global, general muscle weakness often results. The examination continues to determine what treatment is necessary to correct this problem; for many of these patients, their insomnia improves rapidly.
In another case, it may be the work boots an individual wears. We have had people bring in their work boots and found them to have general weakness throughout their body when standing in them but not when barefooted. The boots may be worn-out or simply wrong for the patient. Simply standing in the work boots reveals many positive findings with applied kinesiology as the examination tool. In some cases, correction of the low back problem is as simple as having a patient buy a new pair of boots.
Sometimes body language can lead the doctor astray. Consider the individual who feels worse after eating. The usual evaluation is of the digestive system or for sensitivity to food. Often cranial faults are present with this type problem, causing irritation to the nerves that control your gut and its secretion of digestive enzymes. It is reasonable to hypothesize that the vagus nerve is being disturbed by the cranial fault, thus causing digestive system problems through various mechanisms. When the cranial faults are observed to recur on subsequent office visits, it is reasonable to re-assess the problem. Perhaps the patient does not develop the headache after eating as a result of sensitivity or poor digestion. It may be caused from chewing, thereby recreating the cranial faults. Each of these factors, in the applied kinesiology setting, are relatively easy to test. Simply correct the cranial faults and then we ask the patient to chew some substance that is generally non-allergenic, such as raw almonds. If the cranial faults immediately return, it appears that the chewing mechanism or something in that particular patient's occlusion is disturbing cranial function, meaning that the cranial disturbance is secondary. Again, it is necessary to test the patient under the circumstances creating the health problem.
These developments of applied kinesiology methods in natural health care provide an advanced ability to treat the total person. As a result, your health will improve in all the ways that you live, not just the symptoms that caused you to seek the doctor's aid.