AK Course Topics

The best way to learn AK is by doing AK.  I am a practicing physician and have a more practical approach to teaching as well as the ability to inspire you to do the best you can.

“why worry your mind when you give it your best”.  Beastie Boys

 Learning and applying AK in your practice can do many things other than improve patient outcome.  Side effects can be mental, emotional and spiritual stress which is a natural and essential phenomenon when you learn new things.  You will be able to use the AK you learn to implement and still be able to utilize what you think is best for your patients.  Why change what works, however, there is always ways to learn and deepen understanding of what you feel matters to the care of your patients.

You are warned that each session has intense and copious amounts of information that you must learn to master AK.  However if you want to learn new things there is plenty to find in each class.  You will more than likely enjoy the classes and have moments of being overwhelmed.  No Big Deal!  You are probably not a stranger to this.

AK Foundations Beginner Course

  1. AK HX
  2. Foundations of AK (philosophy)
  3. Science and Art of muscle testing
  4. Manual Muscle Testing Terminology
  5. Performing the Muscle Test
  6. Reliability of the Muscle Test and how to rely on muscle testing
  7. Applying the 5 factors of the spine and the muscles
  8. How to most effectively use Therapy Localization (how to scan with muscle testing)
  9. How to distinguish an afferently compromised muscle (weak) with an afferently  facilitated muscle (strong)
  10. Using and clinically evaluating soft tissue techniques that best helps the case
  11. Applied Kinesiological spinal evaluation and how to use it with your existing evaluations
  12. Applied Kinesiological extremity evaluations for joint, proprioceptive
  13. Integration of pelvic structure and biomechanical integrity via pelvic categories (SOT Category II), muscle function and sacral and iliac structure. “From Gonstead to SOT.” Manual and pelvic blocking will be fully demonstrated and workshopped
  14. Introduction to cranial manipulation: Treatments: evaluations via clinical observations, muscle testing; learning how cranial structures affect joints, muscles and disrupt patient outcomes
  15. Common muscle dysfunctions that will create recurrent pelvic instability
  16. Ileocecal Valve, “The Great Mimicker” of recurrent radiculopathy and arthritic symptomatology
  17. Mechanisms of muscle dysfunction during and after physical trauma. Using Jones, Travel and Goodheart to evaluate acute and chronic muscle function of sprains/strains injury. AK muscle testing protocols to refine application
  18. Scars and sequela
  19. Enhancing Therapy Localization
  20. Lymphatic techniques and its underlying symptoms to musculoskeletal symptoms and arthritic etiology
  21. Vertebral fixations as they relate to recurrent subluxations and bilateral muscle weakness
  22. Diaphragm technique

Muscles that will be workshopped

  1. Gluteus Maximus
  2. Hamstrings
  3. Deltoid (anterior, middle,  posterior)
  4. Pectoralis Clavicular
  5. Pectoralis Sternalis
  6. Rectus Femoris
  7. Quadriceps
  8. Triceps Piriformis
  9. Upper Trapezius
  10. Sternocleidomastoid
  11. Iliopsoas
  12. Sartorius
  13. Gracilis
  14. Gluteus Medius
  15. Tensor Fascia Lata
  16. Adductors
  17.  Popliteus
  18. Tibialis Posterior
  19. Tibialis Anterior
  20. Peroneus Tertius
  21. Peroneus Longus and Brevis
  22. Middle Trapezius
  23. Lower trapezius
  24. Neck flexors
  25. Neck extensors
  26. Teres major
  27. Pectoralis Minor
  28. Infraspinatus

AK Foundations Advanced Course

Outline for course material is still being worked on. Will be posted when complete.

2021 Class Schedule

AK Beginner Part 1: Notes/Class Material will be sent out February 3, 2021

*In person practical/muscle testing is Feb 20-21, 2021*

AK Beginner Part 2: Notes/Class Material will be sent out March 10, 2021

*In person practical/muscle testing is Mar 27-28, 2021*

AK Advanced Part 1: Notes/Class Material will be sent out April 14, 2021

*In person practical/muscle testing is May 1-2, 2021*

AK Advanced Part 2: Notes/Class Material will be sent out May 19, 2021

*In person practical/muscle testing is June 5-6, 2021*

*All of these dates will be in-person with Dr. McCall and the other students. We will make sure we take the proper precautions to make sure all students are safe.