A Brief Overview of Applied Kinesiology

For the past three decades, Dr. Randy Meltzer has operated out of a chiropractic private practice facility in New York City. He maintains expertise in natural health care diagnosis and treatment for chronic illnesses through the use of applied kinesiology, a medical method that tests the function of the body’s organs and systems. Applied kinesiology also evaluates nutritional and toxicity levels of each part of the patient’s body.

Also known as muscle response testing, applied kinesiology involves surveying the chemical, mental, and structural health features of patients. When a doctor first treats an individual using this approach, the physician conducts a manual muscle test with or without standard diagnostic techniques. Chiropractors mainly utilize applied kinesiology, while other general medical practitioners have started to offer the method as a service.

The first step in applied kinesiology, the manual muscle test, takes place when a patient resists a direct force (applied by the doctor) to a specific muscle or muscle group. If the patient’s response is smooth, he or she is said to have a strong muscle response. A weak muscle response indicates some sort of imbalance or stress, which can signal the presence of a chemical dysfunction or structural disparity.

Furthermore, applied kinesiology gives a doctor a general overview of the status of a patient’s body. Doctors enact the alternative medicine method, which originated in 1964, to determine a patient’s diagnosis and prescribe a therapy regimen, depending on the individual’s muscle responses and other factors. Other applied kinesiology tests include nutrient testing, a technique used to observe the response of a patient’s muscles to the presence of various chemicals, and therapy localization, which involves a different form of manual muscle testing.

What Does a Chiropractor Do and What Should a Patient Expect? by Dr. Randy Meltzer

A chiropractor treats patients with health issues stemming from their musculoskeletal system. He believes in working on the patient’s overall health rather than treating symptoms. He will offer advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle to achieve optimum health. He does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery but relies on time-tested techniques that allow the body to recuperate on its own. Sometimes a chiropractor will refer a patient to another health care provider if he feels it is necessary.

When visiting a chiropractor for the first time, it is like a first visit with any doctor. You will fill out forms, give a detailed medical history, and have an initial consultation with the doctor followed by a physical examination. During this time, the chiropractor will be observing you, looking for tell-tale signs of discomfort that you may not even notice, such as an inability to sit comfortably for any length of time.

After all that, the doctor may order some more tests, x-rays, or perhaps a MRI. The results of these tests will dictate the treatment protocol. A spine adjustment is often helpful when x-rays reveal musculoskeletal problems.

Other treatment options might be massage, heat, or light therapy; ultrasound; mild electric stimulation; or acupuncture. Some chiropractors offer additional support for the body such as braces, wraps, or shoe inserts.

Some chiropractors specialize in areas such as sports injuries, pediatrics, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, internal disorders, neurology, or geriatrics. You will often find them attached to wellness clinics and some, such as those who specialize in pediatrics or geriatrics, will often work at hospitals or homes for the aged.

If the chiropractor has a private practice, he will usually have administrative duties to perform such as hiring employees, keeping records, and building a client base. A chiropractor in a group practice will have the option of leaving those administrative tasks to office managers.

About the author: Dr. Randy Meltzer runs a private practice, Meltzer Natural Care Center, in New York City. He has been a naturopathic physician and chiropractor for 30 years.

About the Directional Non-Force Technique

Since 1980, Dr. Randy Meltzer, a chiropractor and naturopathic physician, has treated patients in New York City. While he has completed advanced training in herbal medicine, Chinese meridian therapy, and homeopathy, Dr. Randy Meltzer performs the Directional Non-Force Technique as one of his chiropractic specialties. Practitioners often refer to the Directional Non-Force Technique, which was the first low-force chiropractic method, by the acronym, D.N.F.T.

Those who experience subluxations, or misalignments of tissue that cause nerve interference, may benefit from D.N.F.T. Practitioners of this treatment seek to identify and correct subluxations wherever they occur in patients’ bodies. In addition, D.N.F.T. may appeal to patients because doctors strive to correct an issue in a minimal number of visits, with some subluxations requiring only one visit for adjustment.

When performing D.N.F.T., a doctor gently pushes against a structure in a specific direction, which is known as the “challenge.” Quickly after the challenge, the practitioner completes a leg check that tests for a pull-up in the reactive leg. If there is no pull-up, there is no nerve interference. Consequently, if the reactive leg pulls up short during the check, the doctor applies light thumb pressure in the proper direction to the affected section of the body. Those with pelvis, spine, upper and lower extremity, shoulder, cranial, TMJ, and organ reflex issues may benefit from D.N.F.T. adjustments. For more information about the Directional Non-Force Technique, talk to a chiropractor, such as Dr. Randy Meltzer, about benefits and risks of the method.