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Diagnostic Kinesiology is a pseudoscience for muscle testing within an applied kinesiology framework. This is not to be confused with academic kinesiology which is concerned with the study of human movement. Diagnostic Kinesiology is the application of applied kinesiology (AK), to diagnosing of muscle problems. There are now over 130 different forms of diagnostic kinesiology in which AK is one of them. Practitioners of diagnostic kinesiology are most often chiropractors who have taken postgraduate courses in the technique of their choice.


As a diagnostic method, diagnostic kinesiology was developed in 1964 by a Detroit chiropractor named George J. Goodheart. After several unsuccessful attempts to treat a man with winging of the scapula, he noticed that there were several palpable nodules on the front of the ribcage where the serratus anterior muscle attaches. After massaging these nodules for a few minutes he noticed that the winging of the scapula was gone. Thus was born the idea that there could be an immediate return to strength of muscles after a proper therapy was applied. Dr. Goodheart went on to discover many new techniques to add to his now named technique called "applied kinesiology." Chiropractors began to take post-graduate seminars from Dr. Goodheart and were soon making discoveries of their own. The field of diagnostic kinesiology quickly expanded as doctors formed their own techniques based on Dr. Goodheart's original AK.

Research Compendia on Diagnostic and Applied Kinesiology Edit

This is the most comprehensive coverage of Applied Kinesiology ever published is now accessible on line at:

Evidence-based decision making in clinical practice requires, first of all, evidence. The other sites listed below offer more of the research evidence from peer-reviewed scientific journals about the methods, clinical efficacy, and neurologic rationales of applied kinesiology.

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