What is Applied Kinesiology?
Applied kinesiology involves the art and science of muscle testing. The word kinesiology comes from the words ?kinesis? meaning movement and from ?logos? meaning to study. It literally means the study of movement.
In the 1960s Dr. George Goodheart found that he could evaluate body function by the use of muscle tests. The principles of muscle testing can be used to evaluate virtually any organ or system in the body. It can be used to find nutritional needs and food sensitivities. People evaluated with this method are often amazed that something so simple can work so well.
During the examination some muscles will test ?strong? and others will test ?weak?. The chiropractor skilled in applied kinesiology may realize that the ?weakness? found in the muscle test may not only indicate poor muscle function, but possibly a connection with organ function, nutritional issues, issues with the acupuncture meridian, lymphatic drainage issues or vascular issues.
The kinesiologist understands that certain patterns of muscle weakness give clues to the body?s function. Each muscle, for example, can be tested to give an indication of how a specific organ is functioning. A television set and a lamp plugged into the same circuit can both malfunction together. If the television has a short in it, it can overload the circuit breaker, denying power to the lamp, causing it to go out. Think of the television as being analogous to the organ. The circuit breaker is analogous to the nervous system (spinal nerve and spinal cord). The lamp is analogous to the muscle. A skilled applied kinesiologist can use muscle testing and relationships like those between muscles and organs to aid in diagnosis and treatment.
Muscle imbalance causes structural strain. It can result in muscle spasm, joint pain, poor sports performance, a tendency for injury, or even systemic health problems. Structural stress can affect the nervous system, affecting every organ and system in the body.
Muscles not only move bones, they hold the skeletal system in place. There is a dynamic tension in the musculoskeletal system. The muscles act like guy wires holding the bones in place. Skeletal balance is maintained by opposing muscles. If a muscle is weaker than the one opposing it, the opposing muscle becomes tight, and the skeletal structures will be out of balance.
A weak muscle can cause pain and spasm in the opposing muscle. Ironically, many therapeutic efforts are directed toward spastic muscles, which often are not the cause of the problem. For example, weak abdominal muscles will cause the pelvic to tilt and the low back muscles (which oppose them) to go into spasm. Until the weakness in the abdominal muscles is corrected, efforts to reduce the spasm in the low back will not be very effective.
The doctor trained in applied kinesiology corrects muscle weakness and muscle imbalance by working with the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the vascular system, acupuncture meridians and nutrition. This is a holistic approach designed to get to the cause of health problems.
About Dr. Jerold Morantz
Dr. Morantz is the only board certified diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas.
Dr. Morantz began his undergraduate degree at Northern Michigan University in 1964 and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois in 1975. He was also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard from 1966 to 1970.
Dr. Morantz has been in private practice in Harvey, Illinois for over 30 years. He has been a Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology since 1975.
Clinical and Academic Positions:
1972-73 Assistant Instructor ? Anatomy, National College of Chiropractic
1974-75 Instructor ? Applied Kinesiology Club, National College of Chiropractic
1985- Consultant ? Applied Kinesiology - The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential
1985-90 Consultant ? BIRTH-WISE, a member of NAPSAC International Association of Parents and Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth.
1992- Consultant ? Touch for Health Energy Workshop, MAPS (Maximum Athletic Performance Strategy)
1986-2003 Recording Secretary, International Board of Examiners, International College of Applied Kinesiology
2003- 2010 Secretary/Treasurer, International Board of Examiners, International College of Applied Kinesiology
Awards and Accomplishments:
Special Recognition Award - National College of Chiropractic Student Applied Kinesiology Club
1985- Fellow ? International Academy of Child Brain Development
1994-2001 Chiropractic Advisor ? Functional Medicine Institute
1994 Recipient of Raymundo Veras Medal for Humanity and Science ? World Organization for Human Potential, Philadelphia, PA
1999 Statuette and Pedestal for work on behalf of brain injured children ? World Organization of Human Potential, Philadelphia, PA