AK issue n.8 - Winter 2000-2001

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In our first issue, we were proud to have featured three-time Olympic gold medallist and world champion skier, Deborah Compagnoni. We later dedicated a Highlights section to five-time Olympic champion and world record holder in track and field, Michael Johnson. On the cover of this latest issue, we are delighted to feature applied kinesiology advocate and patient, eight-time Olympic gold medallist and world champion swimmer, Jenny Thompson. We have no idea how we will top this at the moment, but I am sure we will surprise our readers in the future once again! Jenny personifies what our journal is all about – being the best, having great results, and putting team effort before personal glory.
Our journal is undergoing some formatting changes as well. Instead of mixing the English and Italian languages on the same page, we now have a separate Special Italian Section, which will make our journal better organized and easier to read. Our sponsors will also benefit by better targeting their audience. Furthermore, we have added and will be in the process adding new sections, including AK Sports, which was previously available only to ICAK-USA members. The column, Clinical Nutrition, also premieres herein. We have reduced other portions, such as our web-site advertisement; all of these efforts are in the hopes of giving our readers more material they can use in their practice.
In closing, I would like to thank our new contributors to the Kinesiologic Medicine Section. Though no articles are featured in this issue, we plan to publish articles from the field of kinesiologic medicine on a fairly regular basis.
This section is controversial to some readers in that it features kinesiologic approaches that may be considered avant-garde in the light of traditional applied kinesiology. Although some of the information published may at times "ruffle some feathers", we feel that, in order to remain the top publication in our field, it is important to foster an atmosphere of promoting new developments in the world of kinesiologic medicine.


Jenny Thompson has distinguished herself with numerous honors, earning a reputation as the greatest relay swimmer of all time.
Included in this list of achievements are 23 U.S. national titles, the most of any active swimmer, and a total of ten Olympic medals – eight gold, one silver, and one bronze. Jenny recently held two world records for the 100 meter freestyle and 100 yard freestyle and anchored world record-setting times in the 400 meter freestyle and 400 meter medley relays at the 1992 Olympics.
She is only the fourth woman in history to win a U.S. National Collegiate Championship title in the same event (400 meter freestyle) four times and now holds the distinction of having the most gold medals of any U.S. woman Olympic athlete, as well as the most highly decorated swimmer in Olympic history.
Jenny has accomplished all of this naturally. By eating a healthy diet, taking nutritional supplements, and avoiding medications, she has maximized her natural abilities. She has also undergone regular chiropractic and applied kinesiology treatment for the last seven years, under the care of Dr. John Moore.

Interview with Jenny Thompson, as she prepared for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
Interview with John K. Moore, D.C., C.C.N., C.C.S.P.

by Thomas M. Motyka, D.O., and Samuel F. Yanuck, D.C.

Part 2 - Neurologic basis of applied kinesiology
Functional neurologic assessment (FNA) and treatment methods common to the practice of applied kinesiology are presented. These methods are proposed to enhance neurological examination and treatment procedures toward more effective assessment and care of functional impairment. A neurologic model for these procedures is proposed. Manual assessment of muscular function is used to identify changes associated with facilitation and inhibition, in response to the introduction of sensory receptor-based stimuli. Muscle testing responses to sensory stimulation of known value are compared with usually predictable patterns based on known neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, guiding the clinician to an understanding of the functional status of the patient’s nervous system. These assessment procedures are used in addition to other standard diagnostic measures to augment rather than replace the existing diagnostic armamentarium. The proper understanding of the neurophysiologic basis of muscle testing procedures will assist in the design of further investigations into applied kinesiology. Accordingly, the neurophysiologic basis and proposed mechanisms of these methods are reviewed.

by Christopher R. Astill-Smith D.O., M.R.O., D.I.B.A.K.

Part 1
Applied kinesiology offers a valuable diagnostic tool for assessing the immune system. Through a series of specific challenges, using chemical or homeopathic biological response modifiers (biomarkers), the practitioner can assess for likely causation and most suitable remedial intervention in both acute and chronic inflammatory disorders.


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