To understand clinical kinesiology it is important to be familiar with applied kinesiology, of which clinical is an oﬀshoot. Applied kinesiology was developed by Chiropractor Dr. George Goodheart in 1964. This form of therapy utilizes a variety of muscle strength testing to allow the body to give feedback on the health of the persons body.
Kinesiology is study of muscles and the movement of muscles. Clinical kinesiology is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that allows the body to guide the practitioner. This branch of kinesiology was developed by chiropractor Dr. Alan G. Beardall, a student of Dr. Goodheart’s. Beardall’s approach to healing is based on a termed he coined; biocomputer model where he likens the body to a living computer. Through accessing the body’s meridians, energy ﬁelds, balance can be restored where it is missing and the body can begin to heal itself more eﬃciently.
Once poor function has been identiﬁed the practitioner will utilize any of the over 250 muscle tests to diagnose, evaluate, and treat the patient. This treatment can result in mental, chemical, and / or structural aspects of health. Clinical kinesiology relies on handmodes or positions, to perform this form of therapy and discover imbalances in the body’s energy patterns.
These handmodes are used to apply pressure to speciﬁc areas of the muscle connected to imbalance in energy in the body. When these areas are pressed or manipulated energy can be released and proper healing can begin. The patient undergoing this form of therapy can expect to experience improved athletic performance, healing from past trauma, nutritional deﬁciencies identiﬁed, reduced anxiety and fear, speeding muscle injury healing, improve learning abilities, and more.
While improvements in many areas have been observed though clinical kinesiology, the ﬁeld does not claim to bring any speciﬁc healing. Rather, the focus is on providing support for the body’s energy to bring overall balance which allows the body to become more eﬃcient in identifying and bringing healing to itself. In short, just about anyone can beneﬁt from clinical kinesiology.