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Applied Physiology

Richard D. Utt, L Ac. #214 AZ

1950 - 2011

Abstract by:

Adam Lehman, Richard D. Utt, Earl Cook, Jan Cole

Status: In Progress

Last Update: December 8, 2011


Note: Touch for Health is NOT used for the diagnosis or treatment of disease. The Touch for Health synthesis is similar to AP but does not include the diagnostic emphasis. The use of the Manual Muscle Test as a biofeedback mechanism for monitoring the state of energy in the muscle being tested is common to both models. The interpretation of the results are different since the only goal of the TFHer is to monitor and balance the muscle/meridian so that the body's innate healing capabilities can be enhanced and better posture achieved with a reduction in stress and pain.

Applied Physiology (AP), 1984, originated by Richard Utt, is a system of using natural methods based on Energy Kinesiology. It follows the natural laws of the universe and how they interface with neurology as a means of bringing about physiological change throughout the body. Addressing the physical, emotional, biochemical and energetic constructs that make up each individual, AP has the ability to efficiently address a broad range of health and wellness issues, from everyday nagging bothers to complex chronic health challenges. Utt was devoted to research of the body, kinesiology, and the integration of the physical with the metaphysical, led to his unique approach in helping people heal from even complex illnesses.

Applied Physiology is registered in US, Canada, Switzerland, European Union and Australia

Key discoveries of Richard Utt that are part of the Applied Physiology Protocol (2010 Version defined in conjunction with Richard Utt):

1. Use of the language: under and over-facilitated and over and under-inhibited muscles. These address states of muscle stress that can be found by monitoring muscles in both contraction (facilitation) and extension (inhibition) to identify the role of a particular muscle through 100% of its neurological function.

2. Use of the Proprioceptor Spindle Cells to identify the above mentioned states, based on their ability to send signals to the brain and receive an answer back (or not).

3. Brain Formatting: Richard Utt identified, through the use of modes, acupressure points and pause lock, that specific areas of the brain can be directly targeted and lit up to create the context for the body to address them with energy balancing.

4. Powers of Stress: Richard Utt discovered that when a muscle that is not in balance (in other words, in one of the above mentioned states of stress) then it can no longer be relied on as an indicator muscle in the course of a session. Using the Powers of Stress procedure, the muscle can be returned to a balanced state in order to continue to be used reliably as an indicator muscle while maintaining the context of the information being held in pause lock prior to that. This concept led to the development of another kinesiology modality, SIPS, by Ian Stubbings of Australia.

5. Model of the Hologram (1989 - 1990): proprietary to AP, the holographic model addresses relationships between meridians in unique ways, and led to the development or adaptation of many meridian based healing modalities to more specifically address imbalances in the body. The muscle's 14 positions include 7 in contraction and 7 in extension through the entire range of motion of a given muscle. Each of these positions relates the muscle's meridian to each of the 14 meridians.

6. Effects of Synapse Distance: Spastic Muscles - synapses too close. Flaccid Muscles - synapses too far aparts

7. Equating DC milivolt measurements to muscle states and their relationship to the Sodium/Potassium Pump: AP uses a model of a muscle in balance in facilitation of being between 39 and 59 millivolts. This is also referenced in Guyton's Physiology. Richard Utt expanded that model to say that below 39 is underfacilitated, and over 59 is overfacilitated. He also speaks of an negative voltage to represent muscle function when inhibiting (same numbers but with "-" in front: -39 -> -59 for balanced, between 0 and -39 is over inhibited, higher than -59 is under-inhibited).

Richard Utt (1950-2011) Obituary by Adam Lehman:

Richard Utt's early research led to concepts and techniques that became standards in the field, many of which were then adopted by other Energy Kinesiology modalities:

1. Monitoring muscles in both contraction and extension.

2. Using spindle cells to identify 7 states of muscle stress, including the concept of overfacilitation, showing that a locked (“strong”) muscle did not necessarily mean it was in balance.

3. Formatting – the use of finger modes and pause lock together to ask more complex questions of the body as a means of going deeper to get more meaningful answers. ?is developed the language of kinesiology to go further than it had prior to that. It also led him to develop a method of accessing specific brain areas and their functions, spawning, decades later, continued advanced methods of accessing the brain.

4. Expanding the 5 Element model of Chinese Medicine to 7 Elements, drawing upon other Asian philosophies to allow an integration of the physical and metaphysical within one coherent system.

5. The holographic model of Applied Physiology – drawing upon the ancient philosophy of how everything relates to everything else, and building that into an accessible system to pinpoint imbalances and direct healing modalities more specifically to those relationships.

6. Researching the use of tuning forks specifically related to the meridians of Chinese Medicine and integrating them with many healing modalities.7. The 7 Chi Keys – what Richard would often refer to as his “Crown Jewel” – a method of balancing the 7 major chakras using the acupressure system of Chinese Medicine. This technique literally came to him in a series of dreams, from which he did his research and developed the technique that was widely revered as being well ahead of its time.

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From Getting to Know You, Touch for Health Kinesiology Association Newsletter, 2001

Twenty-three years ago, at the age of 28, Richard Utt was "in quite a pickle." Diagnosed with transient ischemic attack (TIA), Behcet's Syndrome, brain stem swelling, arthritis, and other assorted complications, his condition was so severe doctors gave him only two weeks to live. The Behcet's Syndrome was ominous and terrifying! Each minute of life seemed like forever. In desperation, he took the advice of a friend and sought out naturopath/chiropractor, Dr. Sheldon Deal. His techniques were very different from any treatment model Richard had previously known... "An arm here, a leg there, head up, neck turned, sit up, lay back, hold breath, pinch, etc."

Since his brain was too racked with pain signals and confused by drugs to think clearly, he was unable to form any opinion, positive or negative, about what Dr. Deal was doing. The time with the doctor continued with three sessions per day, everyday, week after week, month after month for three years. As Richard's awareness returned, he realized he was still very much alive. He began asking dozens of questions and reading ICAK International College of Applied Kinesiology manuals and anything else he could find that might explain Dr. Deal's phenomenal results. He was incredibly excited about this new science labeled Applied Kinesiology. It was miraculous to see the improvements in mental awareness; improvements sometimes the result of Figure 8 works, at times from 5 Element acupressure and sometimes from chiropractic adjustments. This work, combined with his use of biofeedback through the Veteran's Administration, heightened his internal understanding of which body parts were stressed.

"Dr. Deal was a beacon that allowed me to discover TFH (Touch for Health)." Richard began this training with Gordon Stokes in March 1981. He left the course with an inspired commitment to work with three people per day for five to seven days a week until he mastered TFH and AK. The next challenge was to find three people who would allow him to work on them using his new found knowledge and skills. He paid them $15 an hour to lie down on the "balance table to wake up their awareness." Needless to say, Richard had many volunteers. After seven weeks, one volunteer actually claimed he was feeling so much better that he would lie down for free! Shortly after, these same people were giving him $10, $20, $50 or even more for a one-hour session." It was a wonderful moment when I realized my love, my hobby, my passion could and would become my profession."

Several years later, Dr. Deal invited Richard to do kinesiology in his office. Since he wasn't an official "doctor" and the balance methods he used had subtle differences to Applied Kinsesiology, in 1983 Applied Physiology was born.

Because he personally had trouble with so many techniques to perform and investigate on each person for every balance and because it also became evident that after one balancing correction, something that had just shown as 'OK' wasn't still 'OK' after other corrections. His background in electronics and avionics, as a trained automatic flight control system specialist engineer, led him to consider the lack of "flow" to check each technique and correction. TFH provided the fundamental flow, electronics provided a "flowing" foundation; thus the transition from technique orientation to system orientation.

The acupuncture system was the body's electronic flow chart. Through alarm points and an indicator muscle, Richard learned that many thousands of bits of information could be accessed in less than 15 seconds repeating the process after each correction. The first alarm point became known as the Object Meridian or X-axis, the second alarm point became know as the Reference Meridian or Y-axis. The Modality represented the Z-axis. This evolved into the 3D model known in Applied Physiology as the Hologram.

Each coordinate has a representation in acupuncture as a command point. This is the window between the physical and metaphysical as the modality searches inward via neurolymphatics, neurovasculars, feelings, organs, blood, histology, and cells, to penetrate deeply into setting up the protocol for healing intervention. As the modality searches outward from (the sea level of the body) the acupuncture point, the electromagnetic fields of aura, figure 8's chakras, etc, are also mapped out by the coordinates. Tao of Blood, Brain Physiology, 7 Element Hologram (Muscle Monitoring, Attitude with Essence, Can Opener, Basket Weaver, Figure 8 Cranialsl, Cell Hologram, Tooth/Teeth Hologram, Auricular Hologram ) 7 Chi Keys, 5 Houses of Chi, TMJ, and the 7 States of Stress.

Quoting Richard, "Applied Physiology was born of the AK community, TFH, my love of people and my electronic awareness of circuitry. My definition of all encompassing love which is: 'the total and complete acceptance and implementation of all physical or metaphysical laws of the universe, known or unknown' has been a guide for me."

He was the first and only nonmember to present at one of their ICAK conventions (1986-St. Louis) He enjoys trap shooting, chess, checkers, travel and spending time with family and friends.


Fathers of Kinesiology, 2005 TFHKA Conference by Earl Cook

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