Applied Kinesiology is a soft tissue based technique that corrects imbalances between groups of muscles in the musculoskeletal system. Applied Kinesiologists evaluate body distribution patterns via muscle testing determining whether a muscle is too weak or too strong. Consider this:
- Most low back pain results from tight leg muscles. If your hamstrings (posterior thigh muscles) are too tight, bending forward overstretches low back muscles. If your quadriceps and hip flexors (anterior thigh muscle) are too tight, the curve in your low back is increased, compressing the lower spine and potentially causing nerve irritation.
- Sitting at a desk and working on a computer weakens the neck muscles and tightens the pectorals. This results in a “forward head posture” and places excessive biomechanical stress on the upper back and neck resulting in tight shoulder muscles, headaches and fatigue.
Applied Kinesiology can restore muscle balance through a variety of techniques:
- Trigger point therapy to correct imbalance in muscle tone.
- Gentle and highly specific techniques to improve posture.
- Soft tissue techniques including myofascial release to reestablish balance between opposing muscles for stability and improved posture.