Applied kinesiology is used in addition to standard diagnostic measures to help determine the cause of a health problem. For example, with certain conditions like hypoglycemia, there will be muscle patterns of weakness or strength found with AK, since the same nerves that go to an organ also connect to a nearby muscle, (somato-visceral reflex). However, these same patterns could be present because of another nervous system problem such as disease or some type of adaptation. Only an adequate history of the person, together with standard examination procedures and laboratory findings, will indicate the proper treatment course.
An applied kinesiology examination provides additional information for the chiropractor, and can help to determine what further care may be necessary. This can result in a more effective diagnosis while at the same time reducing health care costs.