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Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system using basic muscle testing for evaluating areas of dysfunction within the body.

  • 1 What is the ICAK?

    The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) is a non profit interprofessional organisation dedicated to advance manual muscle testing as a system of diagnosis for evaluating areas of dysfunction within the body.
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  • 1 Annual Conference

    Join us in Washington D.C. on July 20-23, 2017, for ICAK-USA's International Meeting.
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  • 1 What is Applied Kinesiology?

    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.
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  • 1 Published Research Papers

    Several hundred studies have shown that musculoskeletal pain produces muscle weakness, the detection of which makes the manual muscle test invaluable in clinical practice.
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  • 1 AK practitioners are all around the world!

    AK practitioners are located around the globe. Find a practitioner near you.
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14th July, 2016

AK is in desperate need of QUALITY research that is scientifically accepted and produced without bias. Over the years good research projects have been wasted in the scientific arena as they failed to meet the basics of scientific standards. As such, the IBORS has looked at setting a minimum requirement for ICAK funded research projects. If research projects fail to meet these standards the IBORS would not endorse the proposal.

In recognising quality research, the IIBORS has set the following guidelines:

  • Papers should not be published in a predatory journal
  • Papers should not be published in a journal which has association with any of the authors
  • Papers should not be clustered in a single journal as it implies a level of association or bias
  • Higher impact factors of journals are taken more seriously and more weight is given to those articles and projects that set standards that allow for higher impact factor publications
  •        Research aimed at proving a procedure should be published away from our affiliated journals. Our journals should be used for sharing the refining of techniques not for top class, technique validation material(eg. Collected papers, Chiropractic journals with low impact factors, etc...)
  • Journals selected should be indexed within a popular system such as pubmed
  • Research associated with an institution (such as a university) will hold more weight than one not
  • Research in which the publication has experts in the field and/or phD qualified authors will hold more weight

From the information above we have formulated guidelines for IBORS approval of funding that the IC and potential applicants can use as a minimum standard required for IBORS endorsement of proposals. They are as follows:

1.       All majorfunding must result in research articles being published in a peer reviewed, indexed journal having an impact factor of at least 0.5 and as such proposals are expected to meet the criteria required for such publication.

2.       Articles must be published in a journal that has no affiliation in any way to any of the authors involved in the project.

3.       If multiple articles are being generated from the funding, it is recommended they not be published in the same journal.

The IBORS still reserves the right to not support a project if it feels it is not in the best interest of the profession and may alter these guidelines should the advice provided or circumstances governing acceptable scientific research standards change.




Dr. Trevor Chetcuti

BCSc, BAppSc(clinical), DIBAK, CNET


International Board of Research and Standards

ICAK endorses the use of its skills by licensed health professionals only.