History of Applied Kinesiology

The birth of Applied Kinesiology dates back to 1964 when Dr. George J. Goodheart, a Chiropractor from Detroit, Michigan, began evaluating his patients' muscles with manual tests.

*Dr. George Goodheart 1918 - 2008

He observed that sometimes a muscle tested weak even though there was no atrophy or other apparent reason for the weakness.

On one occasion he tested a patient's shoulder muscle and found it to be weak. He then proceeded to examine the muscle and what he found were nodules along the origins of the muscle. Instinctively, he applied deep pressure with his fingers, until the nodules melted away. He then re-tested the muscle, and to his amazement, it tested much stronger. This discovery led to the development of the first A.K. technique called the "Origin and Insertion" treatment.

Dr. Goodheart and his colleagues continued to seek ways of reinforcing poorly functioning muscles in order to maintain the results of their Chiropractic treatments. It was a time of tremendous creativity in this field, as one serendipitous discovery after another sparked completely new therapeutic approaches.

By 1973, an international group of Medical Doctors, Dentists, Osteopaths, and Chiropractors, joined forces to form the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). Chapters were established around the world, and annual conventions began. Annual conventions continue to this day, and constituents remain dedicated to the advancement of the scientific use of AK, and the promotion of education.