Applied Kinesiology was first named and taught by George Goodheart D.C. (1918-2008), a chiropractor from Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Goodheart is known to be the first chiropractor to treat athletes at the Olympic games in 1980. He has taught many doctors to be better at investigating the true cause of pain, illness and dysfunction in the body using the natural feedback reflexes and physical mechanisms we know as muscle testing. Many of the key components of this dynamic and ever-evolving system were discovered by observation, sharing and testing the techniques within a group of doctors.
Applied Kinesiology muscle testing uses the anatomical mechanisms of muscle individuality, function and movement. Although there are lots of different types and techniques of muscle testing, Applied Kinesiology practitioners are doctors (chiropractors, medical doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and dentists) who have completed formal training, testing, and certification by the International College of Applied Kinesiology. All the major muscles of the body can be isolated and tested for strength individually. This requires a good understanding of anatomy, as well as the ability to see clues in a patient’s posture and gait. When a weak muscle or muscles are identified, the practitioner will challenge the spine, treat reflex areas, or give nutrients to see what makes the weak muscle strong. When the right therapy is administered, there is instant positive clinical feedback. Weak muscles identified in this system are not “exercise deficiency” weakness, there is some disconnect that can be restored quickly. Often a chiropractic adjustment will instantly restore full strength to a weak muscle. When all of the muscles in the body are able to be strong, or more relaxed in some cases when necessary, there is better structural integrity around the spine and other joints, and better health ensues. This also facilitates better nervous system function by normalizing proprioceptive feedback. The Chinese medicine meridian system was integrated into AK by Dr. Goodheart, and he discovered the connection between all of the vital organs and specific muscles. For example, the abdominal muscles have a relationship with the small intestines. The pectoralis major sternal has a relationship with the liver. When these muscles are functioning well there is generally good circulation, drainage and function of these vital organs. When these muscles are weak we can ascertain if there is nutritional deficiency associated with that organ, and give the proper nutrient, which will restore strength to the weak muscle.
Applied Kinesiology helped me get control over my health when I was concerned there could be something serious wrong with me. I had been in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001 and exposed to all the debris in the air and fear on the ground. I had just graduated from chiropractic school three months earlier. Within a few weeks I was fatigued, I had a constant sore throat and my hair was falling out by the handful. Muscle testing guided my return to health, and I knew I had to learn it to better serve my patients. I became certified in AK in 2003 after taking the basic 100 hour course, and I’ve had over three hundred additional hours of training in AK since then. I’m extremely grateful to Dr. Goodheart and all of my AK teachers and colleagues. More detailed information on this can be found in this document: AK Introduction