Medical Definition of applied kinesiology
: a diagnostic system that uses manual testing of the functional integrity of muscles to identify illness in other parts of the body The most popular [system of diagnosis], known as applied kinesiology, is based on the unproven notion that every organ dysfunction is accompanied by a specific muscle weakness—and that diseases can be diagnosed by testing muscles with the help of particular foods or nutrients.—Consumer Reports, June 1994 ◆Applied kinesiology is based on the theory that an organ dysfunction is accompanied by a specific corresponding muscle weakness. Treatments are directed at correcting the underlying muscle weakness (as with manual joint manipulation or massage). It is typically used as a supplement to standard methods of diagnosis and treatment.
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