A Brief History of Applied Kinesiology

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International College of Applied Kinesiology
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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.