What is
Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology is a safe and non-invasive diagnostic system using muscle testing as a tool for evaluating neurological function. The methodology focuses primarily on neuromuscular function as it relates to the structural, chemical and neurological regulatory mechanisms. Muscle testing assesses the impact of the nervous system on patient health, helping AK practitioners look for the source of disease in the balance of the sensory system with the motor system.

Licensed healthcare professionals use Applied Kinesiology to identify the source for muscle and joint pain as well as structural and gastrointestinal issues which can often be treated affordably. Many patients with complex conditions have turned to Applied Kinesiology when nothing else has worked for them. Experienced AK professionals around the globe are safely relieving the suffering related to the debilitating effects of injury, pain, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, PTSD, and more, bringing unexpected hope and relief.


Who can study
with ICAK?

Medical Doctor

Doctor of Chiropractic

Doctor of Osteopathy

Doctor of Dentistry

Doctor of Naturopathy

Only healthcare professionals licensed to diagnose, and students in those programs, can study to become Professional Applied Kinesiology practitioners. Healthcare professionals must
undertake a 100-hour Basic Applied Kinesiology Certification course and pass a rigorous theoretical and practical exam. All courses follow the guidelines of the International College of
Applied Kinesiology, which governs standards, education and certification globally.

The kinds of doctors and other healthcare professionals practicing Applied Kinesiology varies from one part of the world to another. For instance, in North America, it’s mostly chiropractors,
as well as naturopathic doctors and osteopaths who integrate Applied Kinesiology into their healthcare practices. While dentists and MDs can study and practice Applied Kinesiology as well,
it’s less common in North America, though in Europe it’s mostly MDs who become certified in Applied Kinesiology. More healthcare professionals in Germany integrate AK into their patient
practices than any other country.

Variations in the eligibility of other professions to study with ICAK occur across the chapters according to the professional legislation of each particular country. This variability may include such professions as physiotherapist, naturopath, acupuncturist etc.

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Applied Kinesiology practitioner


What is the difference between Applied Kinesiology
and all other muscle testing techniques?


A.K. is an interdisciplinary approach to health care which draws together the core elements of the complementary therapies, creating a more unified approach to the diagnosis and treatment of functional illness. Applied Kinesiology uses functional assessment measures such as posture and gait analysis, manual muscle testing as functional neurologic evaluation, range of motion, static palpation, and motion analysis. These assessments are used in conjunction with standard methods of diagnosis, such as clinical history, physical examination findings, laboratory tests, and instrumentation to develop a clinical impression of the unique physiologic condition of each patient, including an impression of the patient’s functional physiologic status. When appropriate, this clinical impression is used as a guide to the application of conservative physiologic therapeutics.

The practice of applied kinesiology requires that it be used in conjunction with other standard diagnostic methods by professionals trained in clinical diagnosis. As such, the use of Applied
Kinesiology or its component assessment procedures is appropriate only to individuals licensed to perform those procedures.

The origin of contemporary Applied Kinesiology is traced to 1964 when Dr George G. Goodheart Jr. DC first observed that in the absence of congenital or pathologic anomaly, postural distortion is often associated with muscles that fail to meet the demands of muscle tests designed to maximally isolate specific muscles. He observed that tender nodules were frequently palpable within the origin and/or insertion of the tested muscle. Digital manipulation of these areas of apparent muscle dysfunction improved both postural balance and the outcome of manual muscle tests. Dr Goodheart and others have since observed that many conservative treatment methods improve neuromuscular function as perceived by manual muscle testing. 

These treatment methods have become the fundamental Applied Kinesiology approach to therapy. Included approach are specific joint manipulation or mobilisation, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management, and various reflex procedures. With expanding research and clinical observations there has been continued expansion and modification of the treatment procedure and protocols resulting many new methods have been developed within the discipline

As a result, many and varied forms of muscle testing or kinesiology have been formed that utilise the original premise of the manual muscle test and these include:


Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is a mind-body stress-reduction technique that uses a methodology of finding and removing neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress. NET is a tool that helps helps evaluate and impact / improve mental /emotional health of a patient and its impact on their physical wellbeing.


Clinical Kinesiology was a direct offshoot of the early works of Dr. George Goodheart by the late Dr. Alan Beardall. It was taught to qualified doctors and involved the concept of utilization of manual muscle testing into aspects of quantum healing and diagnostics.


Touch for Health was developed by John F. Thie, DC. For the purpose of teaching the lay person how to impact the health and wellbeing of their families by the restoration of natural energies via taping or stimulating various points such as acupuncture points, neurolymphatics, by acupressure, massage and touch to improve postural balance and reduce physical and mental pain and tension. Although Touch for health was taught to laypeople it has now developed into a worldwide organisation with many followers both lay and professional by still does not require the attendees to have any under graduate qualifications to undertake their courses.


Is there anything more valuable in practice than real time data on what to do, when to do it, and how successful it was? Every technique out there has its time and place, and thanks to AK I don't have to guess.
Dr Joe Smith,
Chiropractor DIBAK, DACNB
Using Applied Kinesiology helps me take the guess work in identifying and correcting my patients' problems. It is the best diagnostic technique I have come across and helps me in all aspects of my practice. I use it to help optimize performance in professional NHL, NFL, and MLB players in addition to helping get to the root cause and help those with chronic illness.
Dr. Noah Lebowitz,
What does Professional Applied Kinesiology do for my practice? It keeps me satisfied in practice. There is no other single diagnostic methodology better equipped to help evaluate multiple systems of a patient. The key to PAK is understanding the thought process, having a system to traverse what treatments will create the greatest benefit for the patient. You will never get bored with AK. Constantly learning new things only expands the abilities and outcomes as unfortunately people are becoming more and more complex in their health problems.
Dr John Wittle,
Applied Kinesiology totally brought another dimension to my practice and my vision of health. It gave me the will to always ask myself ‘’WHY’’ every day with my patient. I go to work excited and enthusiast all day, every day.
Dr Genevieve Gagne,
Chiropractor DIBAK
I have been practicing applied kinesiology since 1977 and a member of the ICAK since 1987. AK is an invaluable tool. It allows you easily and accurately to "find and fix" subluxations, disturbances in biochemistry, organ stress, emotional imbalances as well as most common symptoms your patients face. In my opinion no other tool in "natural medicine" can compare with applied kinesiology in it's ability to help people get and stay well.
Dr Michael Lebowitz
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