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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology Means

The term Kinesiology is a word that means the study of movement and motion in the body. This is a topic that can be studied in major universities around the world. The term Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a different thing altogether. This term was created by the late Dr. George Goodheart an American chiropractor in the 1960’s.  It is a term to describe a technique of using specific muscle testing as a neurologic and feedback evaluation of body function. A doctor or professional can use this feedback system to aid in the diagnosis of functional imbalance.


A.K. is an interdisciplinary approach to health care which draws together the core elements of the complementary therapies, creating a more unified approach to the diagnosis and treatment of functional illness. A.K. uses manual muscle testing as functional neurologic evaluation. These assessments are used in conjunction with standard methods of diagnosis, such as clinical history, physical examination findings, laboratory tests, and instrumentation to develop a clinical impression of the unique physiologic condition of each patient, including an impression of the patient’s functional physiologic status.


A.K. Takes place through a neuromuscular response in a patient while the doctor touches “reflex” points that correspond to the different organ systems or infectious agents, while the doctor tests their muscle strength. The doctor asks the patient to hold out their arm and resist force while the doctor applies a light force to their arm. Dr. Pinault also uses A.K. to detect problems a patient may have with foods, whether allergy or sensitivity.


Dr. Pinault was trained in the Brimhall method of A.K. and has been incorporating this method in his practice for nearly twenty years.

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