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Applied Kinesiology


New for 2019, a series of YouTube videos in which George Goodheart, DC, discusses the early discoveries of AK.

Origins of AK

Also see the Manual Muscle Testing abstract


Abstract by:

Earl Cook with contributions from

Dr. Walter Schmitt and Dr. Scott Cuthbert.

Status: Active

Last Update: January 31, 2019

AK Abstract

Note: Touch for Health is NOT used for the diagnosis or treatment of disease. Applied Kinesiology is used by licensed health care professionals that have the authority to diagnose and deliver treatments. The Touch for Health synthesis is a sub-set of AK 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 Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis.
The doctor using AK finds a muscle that is unbalanced and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly.  The doctor works out the treatment that will best balance the patient's muscles.
Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.
AK uses the Triad of Health.  That is Chemical, Mental and Structural factors that balance the major health categories.
The Triad of Health is interactive and all sides 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 can cause mental symptoms.  AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad's balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides.
AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology Board of Standards.  These skills are refined from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy etc.  Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).
A Doctor using AK during an examination will add a new dimension to standard diagnostics.
• Is a diagnostic system using manual muscle testing to augment normal examination procedures.
• Was founded and developed by Chiropractor Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr.
• Skills have been further developed by members of the ICAK
• Is a postgraduate specialty. International College of Applied Kinesiology definition

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. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.

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Origins of Applied Kinesiology

This is a special series of YouTube Videos from The Histories of AK Seminar where George Goodheart recounts history over the weekend. Recorded in 1999, they are being put onto YouTube starting Jan. 2019.

These videos are being sponsored by Dr. Walter Schmitt's QA Homestudy Series

1. Origins of AK


2. Chapman Reflexes (neurolymphatics)



Time Magazine names George Goodheart to its Top 100 Innovators List for Alternative Health

Standard Process Tribute to George Goodheart (PDF)

Selene River Press Video Tribute to Goodheart and Dr. Royal Lee (scroll to bottom of page)

Tribute to Dr. George Goodheart by Earl Cook

Dr. David S. Walther, D.C. Tribute by Scott Cuthbert, Dynamic

Fathers of Kinesiology, 2005 TFHKA Conference by Earl Cook

Studies and Articles

1. On the Reliability and Validity of Manual Muscle Testing, published March 2007 in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, Scott C Cuthbert and George J Goodheart, Jr

2. Neck Pain Caused by Muscle Weakness: AK Research Compendium, September, 2008 (PDF)

3. The Evidence That Low Back Pain Is Caused By Muscle Weakness: AK Research Compendium, October, 2008 (PDF)

4. Common errors and clinical guidelines for manual muscle testing: "the arm test" and other inaccurate procedures: Walter H Schmitt Jr and Scott C Cuthbert

5. Applied Kinesiology and the Acupuncture-Meridian System by Dr. Phill Maffetone

6. Chiropractic Muscle Testers Rise to the Challenge of Validating their Work

7. What Are You Doing About Muscle Weakness? by Scott Cuthbert

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