The Following is a Compilation of Applied Kinesiology Research Papers Published in the Collected Papers
of the International College of Applied Kinesiology for the year 2007-2008
-- Edited by Scott Cuthbert, D.C.
A SIMPLE ASSESSMENT FOR MUSCLE IMBALANCE
Scott Monk, D.C.
ABSTRACT Objective: To present the case of a female child with severe abdominal pain successfully treated using AK methods.
Clinical Features: A nine-year-old female presented with constant and daily stomach pain, especially severe in the morning. The symptoms would worsen when she brushed her teeth. Endoscopic exam showed esophagitis, and she was given Prevacid for the acid reflux, and another medication to coat her stomach. Neither had been helpful for her pain.
Intervention and Outcome: AK examination revealed minimal disturbances in the spine, pelvis and cranium. Using a homeopathic kit, the child’s indicator muscles weakened upon insalivation of material from the bacterial vial. Two herbal supplements, Chinese wormwood and Oregon grape root, negated the weakness. After only minimal improvements, the father was asked to bring a sample of tap water from the child’s bathroom sink. The child weakened with insalivation of the water sample, and this was negated by Oregon grape root. The child was instructed to drink only bottled water and not to use tap water from home. The next day her stomach related symptoms were gone. She remained symptom free at a 6-month follow up.
Conclusion: This case demonstrated that the AK method of oral testing was helpful in detecting harmful items in a patient’s diet. Correction of the harmful organism in the stomach and the elimination of poor tap water produced full recovery in this child’s difficult stomach problem. (Collected Papers International College of Applied Kinesiology, 2007-2008:3-4)
Key Indexing Terms: Esophagitis; Gastritis; Child; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Body Water; Treatment Outcome; Therapeutics; Chiropractic; Kinesiology, Applied.
MANAGEMENT OF AN ANATOMICAL SHORT LEG FOLLOWING L4-L5 DISC SURGERY: A CASE STUDY
Laurent Picard, D.C.
ABSTRACT Objective: To present the case of a female with chronic low back pain and sciatica following L4-L5 disc surgery successfully treated with AK therapies.
Clinical Features: A 53-year-old female presented with 18 months of low back pain, bilateral sacroiliac pain, and right-sided sciatica into the gluteal region. Eighteen months previously she had nucleolysis microsurgery to the L4-L5 disc, which improved the sciatica that had been going throughout her leg and into her right great toe. Standing and her daily work were both still painful (her work as a gym instructor was curtailed under these conditions).
Intervention and Outcome: Category III dysfunction, L5 spinal dysfunction, bilateral femur head dysfunction, and release of the iliofemoral ligament were successfully treated. Trigger point therapy to the right piriformis and hamstring were also given. On follow up the category III was resolved. A category II was corrected and the left psoas was treated successfully with trigger point therapy and reflex treatment. By the fourth visit, all categories were resolved and the muscles of the legs, pelvis, and back were strong. The patient was tested for the need of a heel lift, and a 5-millimeter heel lift was given. Two weeks later the patient was pain free, and all previous findings negative. She began her past gym activities without symptomatology.
Conclusion: This case showed complete resolution of sacroiliac, low back, and sciatic pain from 4 sessions of chiropractic therapy. The patient expected complete resolution of her problem from her previous surgery, but found that chiropractic therapy achieved her hoped for outcome at much less expense. Larger clinical trials on AK treatment for low back conditions and sciatica are necessary. (Collected Papers International College of Applied Kinesiology, 2007-2008:5-6)
Key Indexing Terms: Low Back Pain; Sciatica; Neurosurgery; Risk; Treatment Outcome; Therapeutics; Chiropractic; Kinesiology, Applied.
MANAGEMENT OF AN ASCENDING PROBLEM SECONDARY TO AN OVER COMPENSATED SHORT LEG: A CASE STUDY
Laurent Picard, D.C.
ABSTRACT Objective: To present the case of a professional soccer player successfully treated for chronic low back pain.
Clinical Features: A twenty-two-year-old male professional soccer player with a 3-year history of low back pain presented, feeling “very heavy” when he ran and “not being straight.” Four years previous he experienced pubalgia, and was treated successfully by his team’s physiotherapist. Several medical doctors and sports medicine specialists had treated him over a 3-year period and given him heel lifts. His career was in danger because of his poor performance, and he was depressed because of this.
Intervention and Outcome: AK examination showed numerous muscular and structural disturbances that were corrected. The AK evaluation showed that the heel lift was not improving his muscular function, and he was instructed to stop using it. Pelvic category II, lumbar, and symphysis pubis dysfunctions were corrected, and trigger point therapy for the piriformis and rectus femoris muscles were given. On the third visit the patient was feeling much better, with leg length inequality reduced to 3 millimeters. Lower extremity MMT was now negative. One month later all corrections remained stable, and the patient was feeling very well and he improved his soccer performance.
Conclusion: A professional athlete responded quickly to AK therapy, and his soccer performance was enhanced. The use of a heel lift (based only on the assessment of leg length discrepancy) was apparently in error, and correction of the entire patient’s motor system eliminated the need for the heel lift and the leg length inequality. (Collected Papers International College of Applied Kinesiology, 2007-2008:7-8)
Key Indexing Terms: Low back pain; Athletic Injuries; Orthotic Devices; Sports Medicine; Treatment Outcome; Therapeutics; Chiropractic; Kinesiology, Applied.