Applied Kinesiology

Karen Willis

Karen is experienced in treating a range of patients – including office/desk-workers, pregnant women, the elderly, dancers, singers, athletes, babies and children.

She obtained a First Class Honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine, plus Diplomas in Naturopathy and Osteopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was also awarded a prize for Natural Therapeutics.

During the four years that Karen spent studying Osteopathy and Naturopathy, she worked as a Natural Remedies adviser, and practiced Lymphatic Drainage and Sports Massage.

Since qualifying as an Osteopath and Naturopath, she has completed further training in Medical Acupuncture (dry needling), Cranial Osteopathy (Sutherland Cranial College), and Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). For more information on these additional therapies please see

Karen originally trained as a Biochemist at the University of Edinburgh. During this period she became deeply interested in the field of complementary medicine. Following some years of research into cancer, genetic disorders and disease diagnostics, her interest in natural therapeutics led her to pursue a career in the healing sciences.

Karen is registered with the General Osteopathic Council, is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy, General Council and Register of Naturopaths, and British Naturopathic Association, and is a Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

About Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person’s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient.

In general, the applied kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The practitioner will then evaluate and apply the therapy that will best eliminate the muscle weakness and help the patient.

Therapies utilized can include specific joint manipulation or mobilization, myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management and various reflex procedures.

A Brief History of AK

The use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function was introduced by George Goodheart D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) in 1964. Since then, research into and knowledge of AK has expanded considerably, providing many additional dimensions to the diagnosis of bodily dysfunction.

Even in the early days of AK, it was apparent how the use of many treatment methods in Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Homeopathy produced improved neuromuscular function which could be directly measured using manual muscle testing.

The Triad of Health

Applied kinesiology uses the triad of health – chemical, mental and structural factors – to describe the proper balance of the major health categories.

The triad is represented by an equilateral triangle with structural, chemical and mental health representing the three sides. When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance in one or more of these three factors.

The triad of health is interactive and all aspects must be evaluated for the underlying cause of a problem. A health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides. For example, a chemical imbalance may cause mental symptoms. Applied kinesiology enables the practitioner to evaluate the triad’s balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.

Conditions Treated

Any basic structural defects for which any person may visit a healthcare practitioner e.g.:

neck pain
back pain
headaches and migraine
postural abnormalities
disc injuries
nerve root irritation
acute onset and sports injury

In addition, an AK practitioner will address many other functional and systemic disorders from which people increasingly suffer in modern day society, including:

stress related disorders
childhood disorders
hormone related disorders
digestive problems
sleep pattern disorders

What to Expect During an AK Treatment

The practitioner will take a full and detailed history. They will then perform a wide variety of muscle tests on the patient in order to establish areas of dysfunction.

The great advantage of AK is that the practitioner no longer needs to rely entirely on chemicals or invasive technology to treat the patient. AK provides a system whereby the practitioner works with the patient and the patient is able to be actively involved in their treatment and has an immediate source of feedback through muscle testing. In this way, the patient is able to adopt a much greater sense of responsibility towards their health, and can have a greater awareness of any dysfunction present.

When visiting an AK Practitioner, expect to be involved. They will test for basic mechanical defects; the possible connection of visceral dysfunction (that is, the function of the associated gland or organ); stress levels in the body; and, where relevant, cranial and pelvic distortion and toxicity / allergy problems.

Treatment may involve any combination of manipulative work, guidance in self-treatment, nutritional support, homeopathic remedies and treatment to aid stress-related problems.

Booking Information

If you would like more information or to book an appointment, please contact Karen directly.

Treatment Fees

The initial 45 minute consultation, which includes treatment costs £100 and subsequent 30 minute treatments are £70. 

Contact Details: Karen Willis

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Clinic Central is located just off Upper Street in the heart of Islington, North London.

This is within easy reach of Angel, King’s Cross, Clerkenwell, The Barbican and The City, and within a couple of miles of Holloway, Camden, Kentish Town, Bloomsbury and Holborn.


Please note: These therapists are independent of Pilates Central.