A: Applied kinesiology (AK) encompasses so many approaches to examining the body and restoring normal function that it is frequently confusing. Referring folks to this web page would be one solution. We also have a great pamphlet at the office put out by the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) that explains applied kinesiology.
One answer you could give is: Applied kinesiology uses manual muscle testing to follow how the nervous system is responding to stimulation from the environment as well as internal stimulation. Using manual muscle testing, a well trained applied kinesiologist can obtain information about joint alignment throughout the body, acupuncture meridian energy (Chi) balance, nutritional status, allergies, and emotional stressors to name just a few applications.
Of course, applied kinesiology is also very useful for finding where muscles are failing to support joints properly. Various applied kinesiology techniques are then used to restore proper strength to the muscle so joint support can be improved and healing accelerated.