The word Kinesiology means Science of Movement.
Applied Kinesiology, AK
The "Applied Kinesiology, AK" was founded in 1964 by the American chiropractor George Goodheart and are now used by chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors, dentists and others with a license to diagnose. Dr. George Goodheart found that evaluation of normal and abnormal body function could be accomplished by using muscle tests. Since the original discovery, the principle has broadened to include evaluation of the nervous, vascular, and lymphatic systems, nutrition, acupuncture, and cerebrospinal fluid function.
The international organization of Applied Kinesiology is called International College of Applied Kinesiology, ICAK.
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Text written by the Executive Board of the International College of Applied Kinesiology-U.S.A.
Specialized Kinesiology and Energy Kinesiology
During the 1970's, -80's and -90's several other "kinesiologies" have been formed outside the Applied Kinesiology and are now part of the "Specialized Kinesiology" or "Energy Kinesiology" family. Some of them are called: "Touch for Health", "Educational Kinesiology", "One Brain", "Applied Physiology", "Biokinesiology", "Applied Neurogenics", "Blue Print", "PKP", "Transformational Kinesiology", "Hyperton-X", etc., etc.
Thousands of people, mainly in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and USA/Canada now uses Specialized Kinesiology as a profession of its own or as part of other alternative therapies or natural medicine.
The international organizations of Specialized Kinesiology/Energy Kinesiology are called International Association of Specialized Kinesiology, IASK and International Kinesiology College, IKC.
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Text written by Richard Duree, Oregon, USA. Former executive board member for the International Association of Specialized Kinesiologists (I-ASK).
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Text written by the EKA, Energy Kinesiology Association, USA
Kinesiologic Medicine, KM
All Applied Kinesiology-AK, is also part of Kinesiologic Medicine, but all Kinesiologic Medicine is not part of AK.
The term "Kinesiologic Medicine" was first created by the American/Italian chiropractor Anthony Gil in Milano. It refers to the techniques and different kinesiology methods outside the officially accepted techiques of Applied Kinesiology ("non-official ICAK").
The founders of the different branches of Kinesiologic Medicine are often members of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, ICAK. Kinesiologic Medicine is used today by many professional therapists like chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, osteopaths, nutritional therapists.
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Text written by Mac Pompeius Wolontis, Sweden. Director of the College of Kinesiologic Medicine, CKM.
Differences between Specialized/Energy Kinesiology and Applied Kinesiology/Kinesiologic
One main difference, is that Specialized/Energy Kinesiology often uses a "Straight Arm muscle test" and ask verbal "Yes and No" questions.
Applied Kinesiology/Kinesiologic Medicine does not work with verbal questions and uses hundreds of different muscle tests in the body.
Applied Kinesiology/Kinesiologic Medicine often puts focus on the structural and nutritional acpects.
Specialized/Energy Kinesiology often puts focus on the mental/emotional and energy aspects.
Applied Kinesiology/Kinesiologic Medicine usually works with treatment of clinical and sub-clinical conditions or illneses. Specialized/Energy Kinesiology usually works with energy-balancing, stress-difusion and dyslexia.
Academic kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology
Applied Kinesiology is sometimes mixed up with Traditional Academic Kinesiology (incuding biomechanics, exercise physiology, physiotherapy).
It is easy to get confused and mix it up with Applied Kinesiology and Specialized Kinesiology, but it is not the same modality! We both use the same word "kinesiology", but it is not the same thing. Traditional Kinesiology work with Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and Psychomotor Behavior.
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Text written by The Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA).