Kinesiology comes from the Greek word kinesis, which means motion. In the medical sciences it is the name given to the study of muscles and the movement of the body, the mechanics of body movements.
Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, the acknowledged founder of Applied Kinesiology in 1964, used the model of muscle testing to evaluate what he was doing chiropractically. The model of muscle testing he used was developed in the 1930s by the husband and wife team of Kendal and Kendal.
In neurology textbooks muscle testing is defined as “a means of testing the motor function of limbs”. Therefore muscle testing was already accepted as a valid technique and used extensively in orthopaedic medicine by physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.
As interest grew in utilising this technique Dr Goodheart drew together a group of doctors who were also interested in developing this further and the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) was formed in 1973. As part of the foundation of expanding the application of muscle testing the team took on board work done by Drs Bennet and Chapman with regard to the lymphatic and vascular systems. They also looked at the subtle energy system as used within acupuncture.
This then was the basis of muscle testing that was to develop and become known as Applied Kinesiology (AK).
In 1964 Dr. Goodheart made the first correlation between finding a weak muscle using manual muscle testing and then employing chiropractic therapy to make it stronger.
Since then he looked beyond the chiropractic profession to the fields of biomedicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, dentistry, nutrition, biochemistry, and others for methods to increase the health and well being of patients based on using the body itself as a diagnostic tool.
Applied Kinesiology was the name given by Dr George Goodheart, to the system of applying muscle testing diagnostically and therapeutically to different aspects of health care. AK refers only to the parent system, as taught by the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). The ICAK only accepts students with medical or scientific qualifications.
Applied Kinesiology has been developed from many different disciplines. Osteopathy for the cranial bones, from the orient for meridian imbalances, from chiropractic for correcting spinal/pelvic problems, from biochemistry to evaluate chemical pathways in the body, and procedures for treating muscle imbalances. From its beginning in the mid 60’s, advances in diagnosis and treatment have been added yearly.
The father of applied kinesiology Dr Goodheart,
passed away on the 5th of March 2008.
He was 89.
Sheldon Deal, with John Thie, had a vision of making Kinesiology techniques available to both medical and non-medical people, who could usefully learn and share them with others.
Whereas John Thie created a synthesis of early developments of AK and called it Touch For Health, Sheldon Deal has created a synthesis of the ongoing developments of AK, which he called Advanced Kinesiology and which omits manipulative corrections carried out by chiropractors and osteopaths.
In recent years the orientation of the TFH Foundation has changed, and it has become a research organisation.
The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology (TASK) was formed by Brian Butler in 1982 to educate the public in basic and advanced Kinesiology.
Brian was a pioneer in bringing TFH to Europe in 1976. Systematic Kinesiology is the name he gave to a training programme which teaches Balanced Health, (based on TFH) and the intermediate and advanced Kinesiology techniques taught by Dr Sheldon Deal.
The Academy syllabus teaches only Kinesiological procedures which are accepted as AK practice by the ICAK.
Association of Systematic Kinesiology Ireland (CLG)