AK uses muscle testing as its feedback mechanism to discover how a person’s body is functioning and to determine the best form of therapy for the patient. In general, the applied kinesiologist finds a muscle that tests weak and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly.


The muscle test can be a simple real-time indicator of physical, chemical or emotional stress by correlating the on/off or weak/strong muscle response to various challenges applied to the body. A challenge may simply be a touch to various reflexes and acupoints (called therapy localization). It may also include pressure, stretch, positioning, movement patterns, visualization, colors, scents, or any stimulus that may impact the body and cause an autonomic nervous system response, for better or worse. Specific muscles themselves can have a natural correlation to various body systems, such as the latissimus dorsi muscle to the pancreas. The practitioner will evaluate and then apply the appropriate therapy that best eliminates the muscle weakness and helps the patient. Application of the therapy, if successful, results in a noticeable improvement in the muscle test response, along with positive change to the health issues correlated with the muscle response pattern. Re-examination and monitoring at a later time determines if the correction has been maintained.


Muscle response can be affected by specific adjustments, joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutrition, dietary management and various reflex procedures. In some cases, environmental or food sensitivities can be evaluated by using a previously strong muscle to find what weakens it.


Applied Kinesiology is concerned with the “triad of health” - structural, chemical and mental factors – to describe the proper balance of the major health categories. When a person experiences poor health, it is due to an imbalance or problem in one or more of these three factors. AK allows individualized evaluation and correction of these issues.


Since the original discoveries and development of AK by Dr. George Goodheart in the 1960’s, this examination system, now called “Professional Applied Kinesiology”, has broadened to include the core elements of many complementary therapies and provides an interdisciplinary approach to health care.  It is now practiced worldwide under the directorship of the International College of Applied Kinesiology. Hundreds of doctors have contributed to the ongoing innovations and discoveries that define this approach to holistic health care. I have been a certified practitioner and a member of the ICAK since 1994.


The basics of this original AK have inspired the creation of scores of other techniques that use the muscle test as their feedback tool. Each is an expression of body-mind communication much like different verbal languages in the world which share and direct information flow. The muscle response test allows the doctor to directly evaluate and better understand the inner workings of a complex body.


“The human body has a remarkable built-in healing mechanism.  It is constructed and programmed in such a way that it can heal itself. In chiropractic we speak of an innate intelligence or physiological homeostasis that automatically strives to restore equilibrium in the body when an imbalance occurs in any of its many complex systems. This innate intelligence is the common basis for all healing. People are healed by many different kinds of healers and systems because the real healer is within. The various healing modalities are merely different ways of activating that inner healer.”

   --George Goodheart, D.C.   (Founder of Applied Kinesiology)