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Applied Kinesiology

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosing using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a pet’s body is functioning.  When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient.  Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.

In general, the applied kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly.  The practitioner will then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.  AK is done in animals with the assistance of a surrogate.  The surrogate is used to transfer the energy from the pet to the practitioner.

Therapies utilized can include specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management and various reflex procedures.

In some cases, the practitioner may test for environmental or food sensitivities by using a previously strong muscle to find what weakens it.

Applied kinesiology uses the triad of health – chemical, mental and structural factors – to describe the proper balance of the major health categories.

The triad is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural health as its base, and the upright sides representing chemical and mental health.  When a pet experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors.

The triad of health is interactive and all sides must be evaluated for the underlying cause of the problem.  A health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides.  For example, a chemical imbalance may cause mental symptoms.  Applied kinesiology enables the practitioner to evaluate the triad’s balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.

Does Applied Kinesiology Replace Standard Examinations

Applied kinesiology is a diagnostic tool using muscle testing as a feed back mechanism as to how a pet’s body is functioning. AK has been successful in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies (NAET.) For example, in conditions like allergies, there will be muscle patterns of weakness or strength found with AK.  However, these same patterns could be present because of another nervous system problems such as disease or some type of adaptation.  Only an adequate history of the pet, together with standard examination procedures and laboratory findings, will indicate the proper treatment course.

Therefore, people performing a simple muscle test and diagnosing what vitamins are needed or other information about health without standard examination is inappropriate.  This is making health decisions well beyond what a simple muscle test can determine and actually may be harmful.

The determination of your pet’s need for dietary supplements requires knowledge of your pet’s symptoms along with an examination for known physical signs of imbalances and a dietary history.  Blood, urine, saliva or stool analyses may be added to the foregoing.  An applied kinesiology examination provides additional information and can help to determine what is missing and needs supplementation.  Using applied kinesiology, a doctor can often determine which of the many available laboratory tests are the most appropriate to be performed.  This can result in a more effective diagnosis while at the same time reducing health costs.

Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique

What is NAET?

NEAT is the abbreviation for Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique. It uses Applied Kinesiology and Chiropractic for the diagnosis and treatment (clearning) of allergies

How Many Treatments are Required?

The number of treatments your pet should receive depends on the severity of the allergic condition. In some cases, amazing results are accomplished with as little as one session. However, the majority of cases require many more sessions of diagnosis and treatments. Generally speaking, you can expect to bring your pet in between 1 and 10 times to see meaningful results from the process.

Does it Require the Use of Steroids or Injections?

NEAT diagnosis and treatment is completely non-invasive and does not require the use of injections of any kind.

What Other Modalities are Used with NAET Treatment?

While standard NEAT diagnosis and treatment are non-invasive, many cases can require, and benefit from, the use of acupuncture (AP). Also, homeopathics medicines and other nutritional supplements may be prescribed for addition support during treatment.


What is Acupuncture (AP)?

Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine, but its practical principles and methods are easily understood:

  1. Fourteen major energy channels called meridians course through the animal (and human) body including the head, legs, paws, torso, and internal organs.
  2. A subtle energy called Chi (pronounced “chee”) circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body, even the most remote cells.
  3. Chi is the vital force, the presence of which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced, unimpeded flow is critical to sond health.
  4. Any misdirection, blockage, or other detangement of the amount, flow, r balance of Chi May result in pain, dysfunction, and ill health.
  5. With acupuncture needles, or other means, the acupuncturist stimulatescertain points (acupoints) along the course of he meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Chi so organs and biliy sustems can work together in harmony as intended. This sets the stage for the body to repain itself and maintain its own health.

What are the most common things Acupuncture is used for?

Dr. Rand commonly uses Acupuncture (AP) for the successful treatment of the following:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Stifle (Knee) Pain
  • Epileptic Siezures
  • Paralysis and other weakness due to disc (spine) problems
  • Allergies
  • Most types of Arthritis
  • Certain Emotional Disorders
  • As and aid in many Metabolic Diseases related to organs such as:
    • Kidney
    • Liver
    • Heart

How Many Treatments Are Required?

The number of treatments depends upon each individual case – as few at 3 treatments, and as many as 10 or 12.

Once results are acomplished, further treatments are usually not needed. However, exceptions can occur in older animals with severe pain from arthritis. In these cases, suplemental treatments may be needed periodically.

Do the Acupuncture needles hurt my pet?

Everyone has at one time or another received a shot, or have had blood taken. So, we are all familiar with the “prick” of the doctor’s needle and the discomfort that it brings. The reason for this is that medical hypodermic needles are stiff, hollow, and thick for forcing liquid into the patient’s flesh, usually an uncomfortable, if not painful, procedure.

With this in mind, it is understandable that people are concerned about the same kind of discomfort for their pets.

Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger around than a human hair or piece of thread. Deftly iserted into an acupoint by a skilled acupuncturist, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the needle makes contact with Chi, the engergy, most human patients experience a slight tingling sensation. Firt-time patients are susually amazed at how comfortable they are during treatments.

That being said, it is clear through repeated treatemens on a variety of pets that acupuncture needles are painless to you pets.

Besides needles, what are other treatment options?

While needle treatment is traditional, other effective means of bringing about the desired physiological response include acupressure (finger pressure), blunt probes, pressure massage, electronic stimulation, laster, heat, cold, ultrasound, moxibustion, and herbal therapy, to name a few.

In selecting a treatment method, the Dr. Rand considers the following:

  1. Patient’s age and physical condition
  2. Location of acupoints to be treated
  3. Desired effect

What are Gold Beads?

“Gold Beads” are tiny beads (small balls), or wire made of gold that are inserted into the Acupuncture (AP) points to give a more “permanent” result. Usually, no further treatment is needed after the use of Gold Beads because of their unique healing propterties.

Cost of Treatment and Payment

What is the cost of allergy treatments?

First Session Fee

For your first session, we charge a one-time consultation fee of $75.00. This fee provides you a session with Dr. Rand and your pet where he can gain a thorough understanding of the history of your pet’s illness and begine formulating a diagnosis.


Applied Kinesiology (AK) Testing

The cost of Applied Kinesiology testing is determined by the amount of time involved. In severe cases, several months may be needed and can cost  several hundreds of dollars.


Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) Testing

Similar to the AK testing mentioned above, the cost can vary based on the severity of the case.


General Treatment

Treatment cost is $25.00 per session plus and office visit fee.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards. We also accept checks and cash. We ask that you remit payment in our office the day you receive services, as we do not maintain charge accounts (“bill me later” accounts) for our clients.

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