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Professional Applied Kinesiology/AK

Discovered in 1964 in the United States by George Goodheart, Ph.D. Chiropractic. He discovered a system using muscle testing for neurological functional assessment.

Professional Applied Kinesiology is a system of diagnostic and therapeutic care, based on a muscular analysis related to other standard tests to interpret and influence the functional integrity of the nervous system.


Professional Applied Kinesiology is a diagnostic approach using manual muscle testing to measure the motor response of the central nervous system to a sensory stimulus. The method relies on the relationship between the neuromuscular function and the mechanisms of physiological regulation, concerning the structure, as well as chemical and emotional functions.

A brief history of applied kinesiology (AK)

Professional Applied Kinesiology began in the early 60s when Dr. George Goodheart, Doctor of Chiropractic, found that he could influence muscle strength, using methods adapted from the last publication on muscle testing by Kendal & Kendal. His first success was a patient with a detachment of the shoulder blade. With careful and deep palpation, Dr Goodheart discovered some nodules in the anterior serratus muscle which he massaged. To his surprise the muscle regained its strength and the detachment disappeared. This technique later became the original insertion technique.

Goodheart techniques for muscle testing were based on previous work by Kendal & Kendal. The general methods of positioning and analysis used today in PAK are very similar to the original works by Kendal & Kendal.

Since that time, many observations have been made ??on how and when muscle functions are impaired but until recently sensible logic was lacking. Today Professional Applied Kinesiology uses the motor response of the patient as an indicator of the central nervous system response to a sensory stimulus in order evaluate the adaptability of the body of the patient to physiological and environmental stress.

PAK is based on the fact that body language never lies. Using manual muscle testing as an indicator of body language, you can strengthen its ability to observe its functioning and changes. With an appropriate approach, a good diagnosis can be made and the response of body will be satisfactory for the patient and the practitioner. This is based on one of
basic principles of PAK: the body knows how to fix and maintain itself.

Professional Applied Kinesiology is a good diagnostic tool in different fields of medicine and natural treatments.

In the field of allopathic medicine it allows the practitioner to evaluate an illness on a functional and non-pathological level, which will allow the patient to achieve better health without using an invasive procedure, whenever possible.

The great advantage of PAK is that it provides a system where the practitioner works with the patient and that he can be actively involved in the treatment and have an immediate return on its effect thanks to muscle testing. In this case, the patient will take a greater responsibility in relation to his illness and may have a better sensitivity to disturbance in his body.

PAK implements a principle based on the innate intelligence of the body which knows what is wrong. The practitioner should just address the right questions to the body to find the cause of the imbalance and witness the body's response as if to say "Yes, thank you . That’s what was needed".

Professional Applied Kinesiology uses muscle weakness to diagnose abnormal proprioceptive impulses causing inhibition or inappropriate excitation. This is a DIAGNOSTIC technique that can be used in conjunction with a wide variety of therapeutic approaches.

PAK is a developing science. The explanations provided are therefore not fixed in stone. This is the essence of science: the ability to change its foundations in the light of new developments .

The Triad of Health

The triad of health is a concept in PAK that defines the health problems in terms of structural, chemical and / or emotional components.  Even if a fracture of the arm has a rather physical cause, if the biological response to the fracture is not optimal or the frustration and emotional stress caused by the immobilised arm is not taken into account, then the full resolution of the problem may be delayed . By analysing the symptoms of a patient, one can readily focus on one part of the triad and neglect other factors that may be the real concerns of the patient.


This side of the triangle has been the concern of osteopaths, chiropractors, dentists and other physical health disciplines.


This side of the triangle was the focus of allopathic physicians and nutritionists. Treatments representing this side of the triangle includes nutritional changes in diet, supplements and medication.


This side of the triangle has been the concern of psychotherapists and religion.

The holistic concept involves the study of all the factors that can influence the patient's health .

Development of Applied Kinesiology (Highlights )

1964 First text on manual muscle testing
1966 The neuro-lymphatic reflexes
1967 The neurovascular reflexes
1969 Introduction of basic cranial movements
1970 Acupuncture linked to AK
1974 Discovery of therapeutic Localisation
1976 Analysis and correction of ATM
1980 Technical PYRT
1987 Technical PLUS
1988 Technique of spondylogenic reflex
1990 LCR Technique
1991 Technique of hidden SI L5 lumbar fixation
1992 Nitrogen monoxide as neurotransmitter

About the International College of Applied Kinesiology
( ICAK )


The International College of Applied Kinesiology ( ICAK ) was founded in 1974 by a group of researchers close to Dr. Goodheart in order to propagate his findings to interested practitioners.

Professional Applied Kinesiology issued from chiropractic is a scientific clinical approach taught only to professional graduates with a minimum of 3,500 hours training.

In 1987, to better satisfy the needs of the medical profession interested in joining ICAK , the organisation is spread out throughout various geographic regions in the world . These have continued to sub-divide according to the development of members and interests. Today there are 16 ICAK groups worldwide. France represents the International College of Applied Kinesiology through the association: ICAK France.

Download the brochure: Kinésiologie_Appliquée_Proféssionnelle.pdf