What is Systematic Kinesiology?

The basic tool within kinesiology is the muscle test, which is the ability to hold a muscle against light pressure. Initially, testing a series of muscles highlights which area to focus upon.

Systematic Kinesiology was developed by Brian Butler based from the original creation of Applied Kinesiology of Dr. Goodheart. The International College of Applied Kinesiology was established and twelve doctors worked on the research into muscle testing. Systematic kinesiology is a totally wholistic therapy using the body's bio-feedback mechanism through muscle testing to gain information about the client.

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Each time a relevant factor is introduced the muscle's response changes, similar to a switch. Based on this feedback the Systematic Kinesiologist and the client can devise a procedural plan when the muscle can be re-tested at a future consultation. The Systematic Kinesiologist will start by discussing your health status with you and from the information received, they will then proceed by doing a series of muscle tests. If a muscle tests 'spongy' it gives an indication to the Systematic Kinesiologist of how to proceed.

Suggestions and advice may include nutritional supplements, relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes and more. Systematic Kinesiologists are also dedicated to helping people. They are able to help clients much more effectively if each person commits to taking personal responsibility and improving their own health regime. Systematic Kinesiologists offer a safe, private and personal service, attuned to your individual needs.

ASK Kinesiologists tend to be full of enthusiasm because they have experienced Systematic Kinesiology for themselves and have received excellent feedback from their clients. They will be happy to tell you of their personal experiences or of general case histories.

History of Kinesiology

Dr. George Goodheart

Dr. George Goodheart

Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, the acknowledged founder of kinesiology in 1964, used the model of muscle testing to evaluate what he was doing chiropractically. The model of muscle testing he used was developed in the 1930s by the husband and wife team of Kendal and Kendal (See ref 1).

Stanley Hoppenfeld MD who was assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (U.S.) used muscle testing to evaluate the neurological function of the muscle (See ref 2).

In neurology textbooks muscle testing is defined as “a means of testing the motor function of limbs”. Therefore muscle testing was already accepted as a valid technique and used extensively in orthopaedic medicine by physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

As interest grew in utilising this technique Dr Goodheart drew together a group of doctors who were also interested in developing this further and the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) was formed. As part of the foundation of expanding the application of muscle testing the team took on board work done by Bennet and Chapman with regard to the lymphatic system. They also looked at the subtle energy system as used within acupuncture.

This then was the basis of muscle testing that was to develop and become known as Applied Kinesiology (AK).

John Thie

John Thie

Dr John Thie, one of the original members of this research team, led by Dr Goodheart, recognised the need to educate the public in many of the self-help techniques within AK and this educational programme then became known as Touch For Health (TFH), a programme for the lay person and is taught and used throughout the world.

Today, Applied Kinesiology is regularly utilised by osteopaths, chiropractors and dentists.

Systematic Kinesiology has expanded further from the concepts of TFH, but still uses and teaches techniques researched by the physicians of ICAK.




Reference 1. Muscles Testing and Function - Florence Kendall

Reference 2. Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities – Stanley Hoppenfield M.D.

What happens during a Kinesiology consultation?

You can read all you like about Kinesiology but there is no substitute for trying it yourself. You'll be amazed to see how it works. And, of course, you'll begin to feel the benefits. You can find a Systematic Kinesiologist by clicking on practitioners in the left hand index on this page.

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Your Kinesiologist will first take a medical and lifestyle history. You can remain fully clothed in a Kinesiology session. The Kinesiologist will place your arms, legs or head into specific positions and then apply a light pressure against the muscle that is being tested. A muscle test, as used by Systematic Kinesiologists, does not measure the raw physical strength. Imbalances even show up on body builders.

Muscle testing gives the Kinesiologist information and bio-feedback from the client. Since our bodies accumulate imbalances in a certain order, benefits will occur more quickly if the imbalances are addressed in a certain order (see How illnesses develop). Through muscle testing, a Kinesiologist can assess the order in which to restore the imbalances. Usually, once a priority imbalance has been restored, you will see that other related imbalances disappear immediately.

Based on bio-feedback from the muscle test, you and the Kinesiologist can discover exactly what is involved and devise a plan. Suggestions and advice may include nutritional supplements, relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes and more.

How many consultations?

This number of sessions depends very much on the individual and how fully they engage with suggested plans. Usually, the client requires three to six visits. It is then recommended that you have routine consultations two to three times a year (see How illnesses develop).

Frequently Asked Facts

Systematic Kinesiology Facts

  • Since March 1st 2011, due to the restrictions imposed by the advertising Standards Agency (ASA) and the Committee of Advertising (CAP)l we are now not allowed to describe on our website what symptoms Systematic Kinesiology can help.
    Please contact your local Systematic Kinesiologist or the ASK office as we will be happy to explain in detail how it works and what it can do, without obligation, as the spoken word is not covered by the remit of the ASA and CAP.
  • Systematic Kinesiology is a safe, natural and complete complementary therapy.
  • Systematic Kinesiology was devised by an American Chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart in '1964'.
  • Brian Butler who set up the first school, The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology, brought it to the UK in 1975.
  • Systematic Kinesiologists do not just use one muscle to test during a consultation. 
  • Systematic Kinesiology is not about asking the body verbal questions.
  • Systematic Kinesiologists do not diagnose. They find imbalances, and find out what will bring the body back into balance.


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