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 - A NATURAL AT SWIMMING
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
Interview with John K. Moore, D.C., C.C.N., C.C.S.P.
EXPANDING THE NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION USING FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGIC
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 patients 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.
APPLIED KINESIOLOGY AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
by Christopher R. Astill-Smith D.O., M.R.O., D.I.B.A.K.
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.