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Applied kinesiology involves the art and science of muscle testing. The word kinesiology comes from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and logos (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 also 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.


The examination involves determining which muscles test "strong" and which test "weak". The chiropractor skilled in applied kinesiology may realize that the "weakness"  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 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,  which 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,  which can subsequently affect 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 guide 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 become 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 pelvis 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 root cause of health problems.

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~~I have been a patient of Dr. Paul Stiles for more than three years.  When I first came to him I was in constant pain and my daily schedule was defined by my misery.  I remember never being able to get comfortable.  In an attempt to relieve my pain I would sit on a hard wooden floor and try to just look straight ahead because it hurt so much to move.  I could not look down or turn my head without it hurting.  When I tried to read I felt sick.  I had headaches.  I did not sleep well.  Pain medication did not help. I was frightened by how badly I felt every day, all day long.  I had been seeing another chiropractor at the time and I could not understand why I was not getting better even though I had been treated regularly by this doctor for the past two years. 
One day my husband recommended that I go see a different chiropractor.  He had driven by Dr. Paul’s office and he suggested that I make an appointment with him.  I checked out the Stiles Chiropractic website and I was impressed by the testimonials. On my first appointment Dr. Paul spent so much time with me.  I felt encouraged and I believed that he could help me, and he surely did.  I started to see improvements right away. I had a lot of ground to cover, but he helped me to get there.  He also had me doing exercises to facilitate my healing. 
Dr. Paul’s help changed my life dramatically.  My health improved greatly and so did my personal life. Within one year of my first visit I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine by returning to college.  I went on to take and complete 104 credits in just 7 terms and I graduated in June of 2016.  I consider this a miracle, given the fact that I was in so much discomfort that I could not even read at all when I first came to see Dr. Paul. 
Dr. Paul is also extremely knowledgeable about health and fitness and has given me great advice in those areas too.  In addition to feeling better and earning a degree I have lost about 25 pounds since I first came to see him.  I am active physically every day.  I do yoga about five times a week and walk daily.  Partly because of this, I feel 15 years younger than I did when I first came to see him.  Also, when I feel pain I understand that something is wrong and I now I know that discomfort does not have to be a way of life.  Even though I feel younger, vital and healthy again I still see Dr. Paul regularly to maintain my health.  While I no longer live in Novi and have a 60 mile commute to his office, I am still one of his patients. I always look forward to my visits with Dr. Paul.  He is always smiling, positive and encouraging.
I will be eternally grateful to him for all that he has done for me.  He has changed my life and future forever.  I am now in graduate school and I am working on my PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology.  I could not have done this before I met him.  With his continued excellent care I expect to have a healthy, successful career and future.
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Nicky Turner
 

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