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Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles and Practices [Paperback]

Robert Frost
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22 Sep 2013
The revised edition of the best-selling book on Applied Kinesiology, Applied Kinesiology, Revised Edition introduces a diagnostic method that uses manual muscle testing to assess the body's "Triad of Health"--structure, chemistry, and psyche. To perform a muscle test, the practitioner applies light pressure that the client then resists. If the client cannot resist the pressure, the muscle "tests weak," indicating a structural problem or imbalance that needs to be resolved. Further applications include working with a muscle that tests strong "in the clear" as a diagnostic tool to determine the effect of stimuli including touch, nutrients, medicines, allergens, emotions, poor posture, and stressful memories.

Opening with a detailed description of the history and applications of Applied Kinesiology, the book covers the theory, procedure, and intepretation of the muscle test including diagnosis and correction techniques for areas of weakness. Thirty-three muscle tests for different areas of the body are accompanied by instructive photographs with superimposed anatomical drawings that demonstrate the method and various treatment points. A useful appendix includes a glossary of anatomical terms and special vocabulary; a step-by-step plan for conducting a session; and a list of contacts and sources for Applied Kinesiology materials. Offering a new preface and additional techniques in the areas of manual medicine, orthomolecular medicine, and psychology, this revised edition shares the author's discoveries as well as anecdotal observations to stimulate further research.

Table of Contents:
Foreword; Introduction; Chapter 1: From Biomechanics to Applied Kinesiology; Chapter 2: Scientific Principles of Applied Kinesiology; Chapter 3: The Muscle Test; Chapter 4: Pretests; Chapter 5: Diagnosis and Correction Techniques; Chapter 6: Muscle Tests; Chapter 7: Applied Kinesiology and Manual Medicine; Chapter 8: Applied Kinesiology and Orthomolecular Medicine; Chapter 9: Applied Kinesiology and the Psyche; Chapter 10: Personal Discoveries and Garnered Methods for Further Consideration; Appendices; Index

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; Revised edition (22 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583946128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583946121
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 2 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for Applied Kinesiology 3 July 2013
By Loulou
I enjoyed this book because it has
a)detailed but accessible language.
b)It also has an fist rate description of AK muscle testing methodology. The one used in this text is quite easy to use and sense. c)In many cases, anatomical words that might be new to readers are described in parenthesis.
d)This one of the few resources for AK, the only other manual that describe muscle function in detail is the 'Touch For Health'Manual. e)This book also summarizes AK treatments not really detailed in print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Applied Kinesiology: 4 Jan 2014
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A book required for studying purposes.
Difficult to provide a fair review as haven't read the whole book, given the timeframe fro purchase date however it arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More quackery 31 Aug 2011
Sorry, but this yet another book that attempts to suggest that apllied kinesiology is of proven value.

It isn't; the 'reactions' that people experience are caused by ideomotor activity. No double-blind test has shown results for this 'therapy' better than chance or placebo.

Save your money, and don't encourage quacks.
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145 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Applied Kinesiology 12 April 2003
By Matt Gretencord, DC - Published on
Robert Frost's AK manual is lean and to the point. It gives the history of AK, how AK is used in Europe and the USA, theory into the mechanisms of the reflexes used in AK, basic therapeutic procedures with explainations, and clear diagrams of the basic muscle tests and the appropriate reflexes. A perfect complement to the 100 hour course. I recommend this book to any student or practioner in health care who is looking to expand their skill set.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Applied Kinesiology's Elegant Introductory Handbook 19 Feb 2013
By Dr. Scott Cuthbert - Published on
Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles and Practices, by Robert Frost, is a valuable resource for people interested in Applied Kinesiology. The book is written in a style so that even a reader with no medical training will get a solid understanding of the diagnostic processes in AK. There is plenty of solid academic and scientific information here though for the more experienced reader. The anatomy and physiology of muscles, the cautions necessary for precise manual muscle testing, neurophysiology and biomedicine, stress research and quantum physics are all presented in this very useful book. The book offers:

* A short history of Applied Kinesiology growth and development.
* A detailed presentation of the basic principles of Applied Kinesiology
* A compact but effective how-to presentation of the basic procedures of Applied Kinesiology
* A selection of thirty-two muscle tests with the classic AK correction techniques
* An algorithm about how to apply these procedures in a therapeutic session
* A plentiful of case histories using these techniques

Highly recommended!

-- Dr. Scott Cuthbert, author of Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Health Care (2013) Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions (2013).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for the AK neophyte 15 Jan 2012
By cesar - Published on
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If you are not familiar with AK and have some anatomy and physiology knowledge, this book will do. It has everything you need to know with a good section on muscle testing.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book, even the introduction is worth the cover price 20 Dec 2008
By DurgaDas - Published on
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Not being a practitioner of Applied Kinesiology, I read this book as a way to grasp the fundamental concepts of movement to integrate into the way I teach yoga and view psychology through the lens of the body.

What I got from this book mostly was a very Yoga-like understanding of biological medicine's scope. That one paragraph is worth the cover price of the book for me. I hope to explore it more in depth and specificity with time.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecellent resource on AK 9 Oct 2012
By Kerry - Published on
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Here's why I like this book:
1) In depth yet accessible language. In many cases, anatomical words that might be new to certain readers are described in parenthesis. Failing that, the book has a full glossary of all medical/anatomical words that appear in the text.
2) Excellent description of execution of AK muscle testing procedure. It's worth noting that different forms of AK use different methods. The one used in this text is quite easy to 'feel'. However, because it involves a maximal contraction of the target muscle, it can be difficult to use on particularly sore muscle groups.
3) In depth descriptions of corrective procedures used in (this form of) AK. These include some good soft tissue manipulation.
4) The muscle sedation points are particularly effective for symptomatic pain reduction.
5) Excellent description of therapy localization-- this can save the practitioner a lot of time.
6) The only resource I'm aware of for this version of AK. There aren't many resources that are useful to the practitioner anyway, the only other complete resource I'm aware of being 'Touch For Health'. This one (AK) is quite different from that (TFH), and so makes a useful if contrasting compliment to TFH.
7) Useful appendix that includes an example of a complete AK session.
8) The only source I've found that deals with muscles that 'refuse' to respond to stimulus intended to reduce over facilitation (hypertonicity, both localized and systemic).
9) Solid and self-contained.
10) Contains some treatment modalities not contained elsewhere.

There isn't really anything I dislike about the book or found incomplete.
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