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Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles and Practices Paperback – March 28, 2002

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"Applied Kinesiology is something that can be performed with knowledge, with physiological facts, and with predictable certainty. It should be done, it can be done, and this book offers a means and a measure of how it’s done."
—George J. Goodheart, DC, Founder of Applied Kinesiology

"Robert Frost accurately describes AK the way medical doctors and chiropractors perform it. This is the best introduction to Applied Kinesiology I’ve ever seen!"
—Dr. Rudolf Meierhofer, International Medical Society for Applied Kinesiology

"This book presents the basic techniques of AK in a manner simple enough for the lay person to understand, and clearly enough to be used as a reference for the AK practitioner. It provides a good bridge for many kinesiologists to learn about classical AK."
—Wolfgang Gerz, MD, Past President of ICAK-D, International College of Applied Kinesiology, Germany

About the Author

Robert Frost received degrees in psychology, biology, and physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1970, he studied traditional kinesiology with Andre Bernard at New York University. He is a teacher of the Alexander Technique and has trained abroad in Neurolinguistic Programming with Robert Dilts, and others. Since 1998 he has been active in the International College of Applied Kinesiology in Germany, creating courses combining psychology and Applied Kinesiology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (March 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556433743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556433740
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Frost's AK manual is lean and to the point. It gives the history of AK, how AK is used in Europe and the USA, theory into the mechanisms of the reflexes used in AK, basic therapeutic procedures with explainations, and clear diagrams of the basic muscle tests and the appropriate reflexes. A perfect complement to the 100 hour course. I recommend this book to any student or practioner in health care who is looking to expand their skill set.
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Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles and Practices, by Robert Frost, is a valuable resource for people interested in Applied Kinesiology. The book is written in a style so that even a reader with no medical training will get a solid understanding of the diagnostic processes in AK. There is plenty of solid academic and scientific information here though for the more experienced reader. The anatomy and physiology of muscles, the cautions necessary for precise manual muscle testing, neurophysiology and biomedicine, stress research and quantum physics are all presented in this very useful book. The book offers:

* A short history of Applied Kinesiology growth and development.
* A detailed presentation of the basic principles of Applied Kinesiology
* A compact but effective how-to presentation of the basic procedures of Applied Kinesiology
* A selection of thirty-two muscle tests with the classic AK correction techniques
* An algorithm about how to apply these procedures in a therapeutic session
* A plentiful of case histories using these techniques

Highly recommended!

-- Dr. Scott Cuthbert, author of Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Health Care (2013) Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions (2013).
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Here's why I like this book:
1) In depth yet accessible language. In many cases, anatomical words that might be new to certain readers are described in parenthesis. Failing that, the book has a full glossary of all medical/anatomical words that appear in the text.
2) Excellent description of execution of AK muscle testing procedure. It's worth noting that different forms of AK use different methods. The one used in this text is quite easy to 'feel'. However, because it involves a maximal contraction of the target muscle, it can be difficult to use on particularly sore muscle groups.
3) In depth descriptions of corrective procedures used in (this form of) AK. These include some good soft tissue manipulation.
4) The muscle sedation points are particularly effective for symptomatic pain reduction.
5) Excellent description of therapy localization-- this can save the practitioner a lot of time.
6) The only resource I'm aware of for this version of AK. There aren't many resources that are useful to the practitioner anyway, the only other complete resource I'm aware of being 'Touch For Health'. This one (AK) is quite different from that (TFH), and so makes a useful if contrasting compliment to TFH.
7) Useful appendix that includes an example of a complete AK session.
8) The only source I've found that deals with muscles that 'refuse' to respond to stimulus intended to reduce over facilitation (hypertonicity, both localized and systemic).
9) Solid and self-contained.
10) Contains some treatment modalities not contained elsewhere.

There isn't really anything I dislike about the book or found incomplete.
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Applied Kinesiology,Revised Edition: A good ,solid explanation of "AK". Covers the basics well and goes in depth on some aspects particularly well.A good solid text which will serve those with appropriate training or those whose level of study is reasonably advanced. The book assumes that the reader has a good anatomy/physiology base,and that is as it should be. If you don't have that you really have no business in this study.Practitioners who,like me,have all of David Walther's Applied Kinesiology books,will find large amounts of the work repetitive.In fact the Walther publications are referred to throughout.Still, a valuable tool worthy of a place in any busy clinic.
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If you are not familiar with AK and have some anatomy and physiology knowledge, this book will do. It has everything you need to know with a good section on muscle testing.
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A well objective manual for who it desires to be introduced in the Applied Kinesiology. It is good material for who is initiated in the subject, good written and with didactic illustrations. For bigger deepening, one has other books.
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Not being a practitioner of Applied Kinesiology, I read this book as a way to grasp the fundamental concepts of movement to integrate into the way I teach yoga and view psychology through the lens of the body.

What I got from this book mostly was a very Yoga-like understanding of biological medicine's scope. That one paragraph is worth the cover price of the book for me. I hope to explore it more in depth and specificity with time.
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I'm a little skeptical of Applied Kinesiology in general, but there is some useful info in the book in terms of history. See youtube of some AP vids in Germany where different practitioners give conflicting results on muscle testing.
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