The Development of Applied Kinesiology As a Discipline


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Applied Kinesiology

Guiding Chiropractic Kinesiology, Dr. Timothy Francis serves the needs of a diversity of Las Vegas patients through a comprehensive and holistic approach to health care. The applied kinesiology techniques at the foundation of Dr. Timothy Francis’ practice were pioneered by second-generation chiropractor Dr. George Goodheart, Jr., who earned distinction as the youngest World War II major.

As described in a paper accessible in the US National Library of Medicine, the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of applied kinesiology were developed after the war through a combination of serendipity and observation. A particular breakthrough was in 1964, when Dr. Goodheart discovered a way of treating a patient’s chronic winged scapula through a combination of pressing down associated nodules and insertion of the serratus anterior muscle.

This resulted in the development of origen/ insertion treatment, which was followed by procedures involving neurovascular reflexes, neurolymphatic reflexes, and cerebrospinal fluid flow. In addition, concepts of treatment related to the acupuncture meridians were incorporated within the applied kinesiology practicum. Today the practice is one that complements allopathic medicine in helping patients achieve balance and wellness.


A Brief History of Applied Kinesiology

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International College of Applied Kinesiology

For more than 30 years, Dr. Timothy Francis has been working in the fields of homeopathy and applied kinesiology. A four-time recipient of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) Alan Beardall Memorial Award, Dr. Timothy Francis maintains a private practice in Nevada and teaches basic applied kinesiology through the ICAK board.

Applied kinesiology is a method of diagnosis that uses muscle testing to evaluate the functioning of the body. When performed properly, applied kinesiology helps chiropractors and alternative medicine practitioners to determine the best form of treatment.

Applied kinesiology was developed in 1964 by American chiropractor Dr. George J. Goodheart as a way of evaluating his chiropractic care. He relied on a muscle testing model developed in the 1940’s by Kendal and Kendal, a husband and wife team of medical care providers.

By the time Dr. Goodheart developed his method, muscle testing was already an accepted way of evaluating patients in orthopedic medicine. However, Dr. Goodheart was the first person to make the connection between muscle testing and chiropractic care.

Over time, interest in applied kinesiology grew, and Dr. Goodheart established the International College of Applied Kinesiology. The doctor also expanded his idea of using the body as a diagnostic tool to other professions, including nutrition, dentistry, and acupuncture.

Applied Kinesiology – How and Why It Is Done

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Applied Kinesiology

For over three decades, Dr. Timothy Francis has been a mainstay in the homeopathic and chiropractic communities. Apart from that, Dr. Timothy Francis has been an innovator in applied kinesiology for the past 25 years.

Anti-aging was the main topic of the 6th Annual Sustainable Health Expo that was held at the Owego Treadway Inn in October 2016. More than 40 vendors, including Whole Health Nutrition Center in Endicott, New York, shared methods on how to prevent aging by assessing the body’s nutritional needs.

According to Whole Health Nutrition Center’s head practitioner, people eat food that doesn’t have a lot of nutrition. He also suggested that applied kinesiology can be used to improve health and reverse the aging process by identifying nutritional deficiencies, many of which may have been present for years.

The non-invasive procedure, which is often referred to as nutritional response testing, can detect signs of weakness in organs, muscles, and glands through neuromuscular connections by applying pressure to organs of the body. Although applied kinesiology is used by doctors for diagnosing and treating the causes of health disorders, using it to reverse aging by pinpointing nutritional shortcomings sets it apart from traditional medical procedures.

Applied Kinesiology’s Connection to Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Applied Kinesiology

As owner of Chiropractic Kinesiology in Las Vegas, Dr. Timothy Francis heads a respected practice that emphasizes patient-centered care. Dr. Timothy Francis is known as a leading practitioner of applied kinesiology and has developed many innovative techniques in the field.

A holistic, noninvasive form of energy therapy, applied kinesiology combines contemporary modalities of muscle monitoring with traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM. The purpose is to identify and treat areas of imbalance and stress within the body’s energy system. TCM offers the concept of yin and yang as two opposing forces that exist in balance. When they are not working harmoniously, the qi or life energy flow can become blocked and unable to circulate through the body’s meridian system.

This concept has been enlarged by some applied kinesiology practitioners to encompass a “triad of health” concept of wellness. Portrayed as a triangle, this has structural and physical health at the base and also incorporates a balance between emotional and mental health, on the one hand, and diet and chemicals on the other. Applied Kinesiology offers a systematic way of navigating these aspects of overall well-being.

An Applied Kinesiology Approach to Golfer’s Elbow

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Timothy D Francis

A very well known Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, Dr. Timothy D. Francis maintains a well-established Las Vegas practice. He emphasizes an applied kinesiology (AK) approach to treating illnesses that incorporate homeopathic practices. One of many conditions that benefits from AK treatment is golfers elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis.

The AK approach would involve extensive testing of the stability of major muscles, ligaments, and supportive tissues, as well as meridians and nerve supply to the joint.

A form of tendinitis, golfer’s elbow occurs through repeated micro trauma, in which the elbow is used habitually in a way that compromises its stability and the underlying muscle support system. This is often the result of a hidden cervical disc. Specialized treatment would be tailored to specific injured elements, such as muscles, ligaments, joints, skin, and the spine.

This would be followed by corrective procedures that enable muscles to be coordinated and used in ways that prevent a recurrence of the elbow injury. As a way of reducing inflammation, nutritional guidelines would be set up and homeopathic treatments possibly prescribed. In addition, an overarching program of lifestyle modification would be set in place.

Understanding Applied Kinesiology

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Applied Kinesiology

Dr. Timothy D. Francis, a chiropractor operating his own practice in Las Vegas, teaches applied kinesiology through the International College of Applied Kinesiology. Moreover, Dr. Timothy D. Francis contributes to his broader scholarly community as an associate editor of the Alternative Medicine Review.

When practitioners use applied kinesiology (AK), they attempt to measure health quality by evaluating manual muscle function. AK also includes a philosophical framework that breaks health down into three main categories: structural, mental, and chemical.

If a practitioner diagnoses a problem in any of these three areas through AK, he or she may recommend any number of treatments, including nutritional modifications and even acupuncture. AK is associated with chiropractic endeavors, which also emphasize musculoskeletal systems.

In fact, AK was discovered by Dr. George Goodheart, Jr., a chiropractor, after he made key clinical observations in the mid-1960s. Later, Dr. Goodheart developed and enriched AK by incorporating practices like acupuncture into it.

For more information about AK, interested parties can log on to the International College of Applied Kinesiology website at