Applied Kinesiology – Podcast Interview with Dr. Chris Serafini

Topic: Applied Kinesiology

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Chris Serafini’s interview on the razorcast™ monthly Podcast.  You can either watch the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcripts below.  Enjoy!

Podcast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode we are speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini. Dr. Serafini is the founder of Valley Spinal Care Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Chris Serafini is a graduate of Life University in Georgia and you may best know him from his Channel 3 health news series, “12 Days to Fitness.”

Dr. Serafini is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the country and he is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Applied Kinesiology

RC: Hi Dr. Serafini. How are you today?

Dr. Chris Serafini: I’m doing great. How are you?

RC: I’m great. Thanks so much for joining us! So I’m going to dive right in.

Question 1: Applied Kinesiology – define what that means?

RC: Today’s topic is Applied Kinesiology. Could you please define what that means?

Dr. Chris Serafini: I think the totality of Applied Kinesiology is very important. So there is one definition that I’m going to read just because I think I want everybody to really capture the full definition and the scope of it.

Applied Kinesiology is a holistic diagnostic tool that allows the practitioner to have a dialog with the patient’s body through a manual muscle test. In Applied Kinesiology, every muscle correlates with a specific organ system, gland or meridian system.

Through proper use of manual muscle tests along with standard diagnosis, you effectively assess and treat the patient’s chemical, emotional and structural health.

Once again I think that’s a great definition.

Question 2: Is Applied Kinesiology a new movement in chiropractic care or has it always been part of it?

RC: Okay and is Applied Kinesiology a new movement in chiropractic care or has it always been part of it?

Dr. Chris Serafini: It’s relatively a new movement. Chiropractic was discovered in 1895 in Davenport Iowa from Dr. D.D. Palmer and Applied Kinesiology was really developed in the mid 1960’s by Dr. Goodheart. So yes, it is relatively a new movement but I think it’s really where chiropractic is going.

Question 3: How does manual muscle testing work? And how do you evaluate a person’s condition based on that muscle testing?

RC: Could you describe how the manual muscle testing works? And how do you evaluate a person’s condition based on muscle testing?

Dr. Chris Serafini: Sure, manual muscle testing and Applied Kinesiology works very similar to like a lie detector test. So when you’re giving an individual lie detector test, you hook specific equipment up to that person and what you’re doing is you’re asking them a series of questions.

If they’re answering the truth to those questions, then their physiology does not change. If they answer something and you feel that they’re lying, they’re going to be in a little bit of a stress response state.

And if they’re in that state, their physiology changes just a little bit and as their physiology changes a little bit, we can monitor that change and determine if they’re lying or not.

So with manual muscle testing, we work with a patient by applying pressure to a strong muscle. We ask them to do a certain movement, motion, activity or we touch a certain spot on the body. If a body is stressed about that, then that strong muscle will now go weak. It’s a physiology change and that’s really what we’re detecting and assessing when we’re working with Applied Kinesiology.

Question 4: What role does diet and nutrition play in Applied Kinesiology?

RC: Okay what role does diet and nutrition play in Applied Kinesiology?

Dr. Chris Serafini: It is fairly important. There are certain aspects sometimes with diet and nutrition with a patient (if they have certain issues there) that Applied Kinesiology will not be effective. It’s referenced in the AK world that they are not testable. So if they have certain diet and nutritional deficiencies or issues, they will be in a state of non-testability. So we could try to alter or supplement with diet or nutrition to get them back into a good state of testability. If they are not testable then you can’t use Applied Kinesiology. None of the answers will make sense. So it’s important in that aspect. They have to be testable. If they are not testable then we do not use it.

Question 5: What type of patients would you recommend for Applied Kinesiology treatments?

RC: What type of patients would you recommend for Applied Kinesiology treatments?

Dr. Chris Serafini: I’d say, although AK can be used with many different conditions, I’d probably say the patients who have any kind of muscle or joint pain would probably be best served with Applied Kinesiology.

RC: Okay Dr. Serafini. Thank you so much. We know you are extremely busy so I want to thank you for your time & help today.

Dr. Chris Serafini: Thank you very much. I appreciate you having me.

RC: Great and for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini, you can either go online at  or call (480) 443-7678 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals. 

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