Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a practice of using manual muscle-strength testing for medical diagnosis and a subsequent determination of prescribed therapy. It purportedly gives feedback on the functional status of the body.

AK is a practice within the realm of alternative medicine and is therefore different from "kinesiology," which is the scientific study of human movement. AK has been criticized on theoretical and empirical grounds, and characterized as pseudoscience. Although anecdotal evidence exists, a review of peer-reviewed studies concluded that the "evidence to date does not support the use of [AK] for the diagnosis of organic disease or pre/subclinical conditions."

AK draws together many similar therapies. It attempts an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to health care. George J. Goodheart, a chiropractor, originated AK in 1964. Subsequently, its use spread to other chiropractors, and a few physical therapists, dentists, and medical doctors. In 1976, the International College of Applied Kinesiology was founded.


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This definition is part of a series that covers the topic of Applied Kinesiology. The Official Guide to Applied Kinesiology is LaRue Eppler.

Since 1989, La Rue has helped thousands of people from numerous countries develop loving kindness with themselves. Based near Dallas, TX, La Rue has a full time coaching practice with clients from around the world. She travels internationally sharing her fresh insights while teaching her life changing techniques to lay people and professionals. She is co-author of 'Your Essential Whisper; Six Distinct Ways to Recognize, Trust, and Follow Inner Guidance with Absolute Certainty!".  She is most passionate when helping people learn to implicitly follow the voice of their inner genius, both with Whisper Technologies and Applied Kinesiology.  

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