Dr. Benjamin Tan, DC, PAK, was certified during his doctorate school in the USA, as a Professional Applied Kinesiologist (PAK).
WHAT IS AK?
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis.
AK is a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.
The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.
(Taken from https://www.icakusa.com/what-is-ak)
TRIAD OF HEALTH
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The triad of health lists the three basic causes of health problems, namely structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad.
Literally, all health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one part or all parts of the triad. This is not new to chiropractic, as its founder, D.D. Palmer states in his text, “The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic,” “The determining causes of disease are trauma, thoughts & toxins.” AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.
The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient's health problem. AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) Board of Standards.
ADVANCED APPLIED KINESIOLOGY
Currently, Dr. Benjamin is currently undergoing postgraduate training in Advanced Applied Kinesiology using the Quintessential Applications (QA) protocol.
The QA protocol can be succinctly described as such:
Quintessential Applications is a synthesis of some 30 years of research into a hierarchy of order, of what to do in clinical practice, of where to put your tools or your techniques. As Dr. Wally Schmitt's colleague, Dr. Kerry McCord says, sometimes the order in which you do the techniques is more important than the techniques themselves. What QA does is it takes a lot of stress out of practice because it helps organize what you would do in the daily routine.
(Taken from https://qahomestudy.com/what-is-qa/)
Upon completion of this rigorous program, Dr. Benjamin will achieve “Board Certification” as a Diplomate of the International Board-Certified Applied Kinesiologists (DIBAK).
Dr. Benjamin would have been involved in contributing to research papers published through the ICAK.
In addition to the specific ability to be able to communicate and diagnose as a Chiropractic NMS specialist (see here - insert hyperlink to 'NMS Medicine' tab), Dr. Benjamin will be able to assess any patient's health from all 3 aspects of holistic care - structural, nutritional and mental.