Applied Kinesiology

The Use of Applied Kinesiology in Holistic Dentistry

In the early 1980s, Dr. Lerner was introduced to the work of Dr. George Goodheart, the father of the clinical science of Applied Kinesiology. Applied Kinesiology is based on an understanding of the relationships between the structure and biochemistry of our body, and our emotions.  As a field of study, it is a synthesis of the best Eastern and Western concepts of health and healing.  This understanding is applied by means of Manual Muscle Testing, that is testing a muscle’s ability to function while attention is drawn to an area of the body.

In our practice, we use Applied Kinesiology to:

  • Screen dental materials  for individualized biocompatibility testing
  • Evaluate for bite stress imbalance between the bite of your teeth and your body
  • Diagnosis fractured teeth
  • Diagnosis and treat infections
  • Screen for toxicity of failing root canal treated teeth
  • Diagnosis and treat cavitations in the jaw bone
  • Test for nutritional deficiencies

How does Applied Kinesiology work?

Applied Kinesiology is practiced by making use of the muscle reflex test phenomenon. In this test, the ability of a muscle to maintain the position of a limb (for example the arm) is evaluated by applying a gradually increasing controlled force to the end of the limb. For instance, we might test the strength of the shoulder muscle (the deltoid) by having the patient extend their arm out parallel to the floor, and applying a graduated controlled force of a few pounds to their arm in the wrist area.

If the muscle we are testing is functioning normally it will be able to resist our force and keep the arm stable. If at the same time we test a strong muscle, we also touch (therapy localizing) a reflex point (may be acupuncture or functional reflex point) on the patient’s body, we may find our previously strong muscle testing weak. This would indicate a functional disturbance in that aspect of the patient. Correction of the disturbance may be achieved in numerous ways depending on the nature of the problem.

Certified Dental Acupuncturist

Conditions in the mouth have a profound potential to reflect and influence the health of the whole person. Disruptions to the flow of energy through the mouth may affect remote regions of the body and disruptions elsewhere may manifest in the mouth. These relationships are a result of communication between the Acupuncture Meridians and the teeth. We will treat your mouth considering the dental acupuncture relationships with your whole body.

As a holistic dentist and dental acupuncturist, I screen my patients for sensitivity to materials in their teeth as well as for potential sensitivity to materials we are considering to use in their treatment. The simplest test is to screen with Applied Kinesiology on acupuncture points to determine if the body might respond adversely to the material.

When appropriate we can also order blood tests such as a BioComp Screening for sensitivity to dental materials. This is similar to the Clifford Test which is unavailable in NY state.

As a dentist, I do not diagnose mercury toxicity. The determination of mercury toxicity requires testing and diagnosis by a Medical Physician. If you do not have a physician knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of heavy metal toxicity, we can refer you to one.

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