History of Kinesiology

In the 1920’s an Orthopedic Surgeon, R W Lovett, developed a system for testing and grading the strength of muscles. His work was taken forward by Henry and Florence Kendall in 1949 and they produced a book entitled “Muscle Testing and Function”.

Kinesiology as we use it today, was developed by George Goodheart, a USA Chiropractor who founded Applied Kinesiology in 1964, information was gathered by studying muscle response (Kinesiology means study of movement).

He became famous for being able to solve health problems that no one else could, he taught these techniques to Chiropractors, Osteopaths, medical Doctors and Dentists. He founded the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).

Further research identified Chapman’s neurolymphatic massage and Bennett’s neurovascular points linking in with Acupuncture meridians and their related organs, nutrition, structural, energetic, emotional and electrical are all relevant factors to create balanced health.

In 1988 Brian Butler founded the Association of Systematic Kinesiology (ASK). Brian trained in a branch of Kinesiology in the USA called Touch for Health, he then brought it to the UK developing what is now called Systematic Kinesiology.

Members of ICAK do extensive research and practice in the field of Kinesiology to contribute to its understanding, validation and use.

ASK is now known as AK Kinesiology Association.