Kinesiology is a manipulative therapy, based on diagnosing imbalances or deficiencies in nutrition or energy flow by testing the strength of muscles. Applied kinesiology was developed during the 1960s by Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor. He discovered that massaging the neuro-lymphatic reflexes strengthened muscles. He linked his discoveries with oriental medical ideas of the Qi, or vital force, which flows through the body and can be stimulated by using pressure points. To this extent kinesiology is not very different from acupressure.

Goodheart was more convinced that the technique’s effectiveness was based on spinal reflexes but, whatever the underlying cause, he found that one stimulated muscle can affect others in a different part of the body. This idea has since been expanded, and it has been noted that the strength of a muscle will vary momentarily in response to the body coming into contact with a product to which it is intolerant or allergic, as well as responding in a positive way to compounds in which it may be deficient.

A practitioner will test a muscle group while the patient has a variety of different foods placed on the tongue, one at a time. Some kinesi-ologists have taken the step of simply placing a compound on the abdomen or even only using the homeopathic form. Theoretically the resonance of a substance is passed into the watery solution when it is prepared as a homeopathic remedy. Even further removed is the belief that the thought of a compound will affect the muscular energy. Some practitioners simply ask an individual to read a list of compounds one word at a time and test the muscle group. Even the word ‘yes’ as opposed to ‘no’ can strengthen or weaken a muscle group. Used in conjunction with more orthodox diagnostic techniques kinesiology can be a most supportive diagnostic investigation. Its therapeutic effects are based on acupuncture and acupressure.