Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology in simplest terms is a medical discipline used to diagnose biochemical, mental, or structural imbalances in the body. It is used in combination with diagnostic techniques (x-ray, blood tests, urine analysis, physical exam, etc.) and medical treatments. Applied Kinesiology (A.K.) is an art form as well as a science that examines all three aspects of the triad of health.


Applied Kinesiology uses muscle testing to find joint subluxations, areas of the body in which a bone is out of alignment but not completely dislocated. When the bones of the body don't align, the muscles are not capable of neurologically locking during contraction. Similar to a circuit board, subluxations in the body signify where dysfunction might reside.

Muscle testing is painless and consists of a variety of movements associated with different levels of resistance to assess how each particular muscle responds. Every muscle in the body is associated with an organ system. Muscle testing evaluates how a particular organ is functioning. Weaker muscle responses during testing indicate imbalances to the corresponding organ. Using the diagnostic readings provided by muscle and structural testing combined with a working knowledge of the physiology of the body, Dr. Murczek can more accurately diagnose which areas of the body might be out of balance or in trouble and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Does A.K. replace standard examinations?

While muscle testing is an important component of Applied Kinesiology it is often over simplified and misused by improperly trained practitioners. Muscle Testing should never be used alone. Applied Kinesiology is primarily a diagnostic tool to determine medical ailments. Properly practiced A.K. should be supplemented with other diagnostic techniques and investigations.

History of Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology finds its roots in the observations of Dr. George Goodheart, Jr., a chiropractor by trade, who unknowingly began Applied Kinesiology in 1964 when he identified the muscular cause of a 17-year old injury in a patient he was treating. The results for this patient were so miraculous to both himself and the patient that he began a long study of what we today call Applied Kinesiology.

Dr. Goodheart's medical technique and philosophy clearly branched away from his chiropractic training, but preserved the basic understanding that muscular and skeletal structure is related to the overall health, or 'internal' health of his patients.

Through years of work and hours of observation Dr. Goodheart provided astounding insight into muscle balance, muscle strength, muscle weakness and their relationship to patients' health.

How are A.K. Practitioners Trained?

Training for A.K. is only open to healthcare professionals licensed to diagnose and is offered in Europe, Canada,  Australia and the United States. 

Board Certified Diplomate of A.K.  is earned by fulfilling a  long list of requirements including:

  • Minimum of 4000 hours undergraduate professional education
  • Additional 300 hours of intensive instruction and observation in the techniques of A.K. by a Diplomate of A.K.
  • Complete written and practical exams
  • Practice the techniques of A.K. for 3 years 

Not all Practitioners are Qualified to Practice A.K.

We would like to offer a word of caution when choosing an Applied Kinesiologist for your health care concerns. A.K. is often misrepresented, and therefore it is prudent to ask whether practitioners have been trained by the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK), who maintains and demands that the above requirements are strictly followed for certification and training in A.K.