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applied kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a diagnostic tool that can be used to assess the response of your muscular and nervous system. It utilises Muscle Response Testing to collect information about the body's health and is based on Eastern energetic healthcare systems and Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

It addresses the 3 component parts known as the Triad of Health: Physical such as structure, Chemical which includes hormones, allergies, nutrition, infection, and Emotional health - current stress, past traumas, intergenerational trauma.

By using minimal force on a muscle, or muscle group, and evaluating your capacity to resist the pressure, your AK practitioner can identify imbalances within your body.

Practitioners often practice a variety of primarily energetic treatments to then restore proper function. These treatments empower the body to heal itself and results can be profound.

This is radically different from Kinesiology, the study of human movement, which is practiced as a regulated profession in Ontario.

The History Of AK

In the 1960s, George Goodheart, a chiropractor, developed the science of AK to monitor the body's response correlated to different situations.

Later, Dr. John Thie, also a chiropractor, formed a healing system called Touch for Health which used AK to improve health and well-being. Touch for Health is taught worldwide.

Out of this, many systems and different kinesiology generations have evolved over the years.

There are now a number of reputable AK schools worldwide including the International College of Applied Kinesiology.


Benefits of Applied Kinesiology

Non-invasive, Painless and Safe

Practitioners are using your own body to obtain information. They use no needles, scratches, or shocks during the testing.

We can use Applied Kinesiology with patients of all ages and stages of life. Where someone is infirm, in too much pain, or does not have the capacity to co-ordinate (such as the elderly, infants and small children) the practitioner will test using a surrogate adult.


Assessing Root Causes Using Applied Kinesiology

Having identified muscle activation failure, a muscle that is not performing as expected, AK can then be used to assess the causes. These causes might include local structural imbalances such as spinal misalignment, nutrient deficiency, current stress, past emotional trauma, physical trauma, underlying infections and systemic inflammation.

Applied Kinesiology can be used to observe your reaction to physical, chemical, and mental stimuli.


What Conditions Can AK Help?

A number of different therapies utilise AK (see list below). They can help with a diverse range of health conditions including:

  • Pain and discomfort, chronic, acute and injuries
  • Movement restrictions
  • Exhaustion and stress
  • Concentration, decision-making and motivation problems
  • Learning difficulties
  • Sadness, anger and fears
  • Allergies
  • Skin problems
  • A weak immune system
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological complaints
  • Addictions and compulsions
  • Digestive Issues such as IBS, GERD, Boating

What Therapies Use AK?

Many modalities and therapies take advantage of AK. At Complete Wellbeing it is used by the following practitioners:

What To Expect?


We require no special preparation for Applied Kinesiology testing. Wear loose comfortable clothing and try to be well hydrated. Otherwise just bring your curiosity and an open mind.


Before they begin the testing procedure, your practitioner will describe what to expect and what they might be looking for.


This may be done with you standing, sitting, or lying down, depending on the areas of the body your practitioner wants to evaluate. They may use your arm, leg, or fingers to assess your neuro-muscular response.

During the testing, the practitioner will clearly instruct you through the positions and responses expected from you. They will encourage you to ask questions and to be curious about the process. It is important to them that you understand the process and are comfortable with it.

Review Results

After testing, the practitioner will discuss what the testing revealed, their recommendations, and any treatment plan or other modalities / treatments that might be indicated.


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