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History of Kinesiology

Kinesiology has certainly evolved over the years but there are several key people we have to thank for discovering and developing the amazing modality that today, in all of its many forms, we call Kinesiology.

Dr. George Goodheart was an American Chiropractor who was fascinated by how the human body works.  Driven by his frustration that not all chiropractic adjustments would suffice in fully correcting and healing his client’s physical ailments, Dr Goodheart was inspired to research and discover new ways of implementing his treatments.  He thought that maybe he could enrich his Chiropractic treatments by getting to the root of why these issues were occurring in the first place.  But how would he go about doing this?  In 1964 he started studying the research conducted by Kendall and Kendall (the husband and wife team who explored the original methods of testing muscles in the 1930’s). From this, Dr. Goodheart discovered that if you apply pressure to certain muscles, the strength or weakness of those muscles (whether they lock or unlock when light pressure is applied) is directly connected with specific strengths or weaknesses in the body.

This is what kinesiologists call muscle testing.

In the late 1960’s Dr. Goodheart, after years of research and observation, also discovered that certain muscles are connected to specific Acupuncture meridians; and that those muscles and meridians are connected to specific organs in the body.  Through this connection he realized that if there was a ‘weakness’ with an involved organ or meridian it would cause the corresponding muscle to unlock.  So then by finding out what was causing the ‘weakness’ in the body, he could also find what would be beneficial to strengthen it again.  His discovery now gave him a tool to be able to communicate with the body itself in order to figure out what the most beneficial remedy would be.  This also implied that on a subconscious level the body, above all else, knows specifically what it needs to heal.

In 1968 Dr Alan Bardall took Kinesiology to a greater level when he developed over 250 specific muscle tests to help evaluate the mental, chemical, and structural aspects of health.  This allowed kinesiologist’s findings to be more specific and on a much deeper level.

Another very important discovery happened in the late 1970’s whereby Dr. John Diamond, who at the time worked as a psychiatrist, discovered how the body reacted in the presence of different emotional states.  He discovered that muscles would strengthen (or lock) in the presence of positive emotional and intellectual stimuli, or weaken (unlock) if the client was harboring negative emotional or intellectual stimuli.  He also found the connection between these emotions and acupuncture meridians.  This discovery was monumental!  Through Dr Diamond and Dr Goodheart’s discoveries Kinesiologists can now link the weakness of specific organs and negative emotions with the strength/weakness of the corresponding muscles.  This confirms how the suppression of adverse subconscious emotions are linked to the physical ailments that clients experience.    Furthermore, by working through these emotions and clearing the root issue the body would heal and bring itself back into full alignment and balance.  This is why kinesiology is so powerful!  We address the source of the problem directly and don’t just try to ease or fix the symptoms that client’s experience.

Dr John Thie took kinesiology all over the world when he developed the modality for everyday people called Touch for Health.  Years later the Touch for Health foundation was established to help people including doctors, dentists, psychologists, naturopaths, homoeopaths, sports medicine practitioners, nurses, chiropractors and anyone else in the medical or well-being industry in order to help them to enrich their own treatments.

FMK_history-page-imageLastly, Dr Dewe (who studied under Thie) along with his wife Joan, created Professional Kinesiology Practice (PKP) kinesiology. Which is one of the most comprehensive forms of kinesiology out there!

Kinesiology is now taking over conventional forms of therapy, not only because of its powerful and sometimes immediate affects, but also for its versatility and holistic approach.  Kinesiology can literally help you in all aspects of your life. Mind, body and soul.


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