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Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system using basic muscle testing for evaluating areas of dysfunction within the body.

  • 1 What is the ICAK?

    The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) is a non profit interprofessional organisation dedicated to advance manual muscle testing as a system of diagnosis for evaluating areas of dysfunction within the body.
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  • 1 Annual Conference

    Join us in Washington D.C. on July 20-23, 2017, for ICAK-USA's International Meeting.
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  • 1 What is Applied Kinesiology?

    AK uses the Triad of Health. That is Chemical, Mental and Structural factors that balance the major health categories. The Triad of Health is interactive and all sides must be evaluated for the underlying cause of a problem. A health problem on one side of the triad can affect the other sides.
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  • 1 Published Research Papers

    Several hundred studies have shown that musculoskeletal pain produces muscle weakness, the detection of which makes the manual muscle test invaluable in clinical practice.
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  • 1 AK practitioners are all around the world!

    AK practitioners are located around the globe. Find a practitioner near you.
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Robert Blaich

1985 to 1989

1995 to 1999

I became  Chairman of the ICAK in 1985. When the IC and Chapter system became a reality in June of 87, I was then Chairman of the USA Chapter until 1990. I was also President of the IC from 1987-89, then again 1995-99.

I was elected Chairman at the Santa Monica meeting in June of 1985. The Executive Administrators who had been hired by Dr. Gunn and remained loyal to him, abruptly resigned. Fortunately, I had already organized an extra Board meeting to be held in Vancouver in July to get us all focused on goals of the organization. Board members, at that time, included Avery Ferentz, Alan Beardall, Lou Obersteadt, Wally Schmitt, Wally Gunn, Dave Walther, Sheldon Deal, George Goodheart, and Ken Mikkelson.

We reviewed many applications and ended up hiring Terry Kaye Underwood as our new Executive Director. Terry and her organization, Diversified Consultants, have provided outstanding administrative and executive services for the ICAK since 1985.

During 1985, 86 and 87, I worked closely with Avery Ferentz, Barbara McQueeney, and others on developing the Bylaws that would become the constitution of the new and truly International ICAK in 1987. The annual meeting that took place in Washington, DC in June of 1987, was an eventful one. Up until that time, the ICAK, was primarily a USA organization, accompanied by a growing legion of pioneers from Europe, Canada, and Australia. Each of these geographical areas, along with the USA, became their own chapter of a larger entity, a truly International ICAK, which was then governed by an International Council.

For my part, I continued to serve as Chairman of the USA Chapter for three more years and became the President of the International Council for the first two of those years, and then again for four more years during the 1990’s. The re-structuring of the ICAK over those initial years was quite a project. Remembering which hat I was wearing, at any given time, was a challenge in itself. Keeping it all together and making the transition as smooth and effective as possible were major goals.

One of my top priorities in the 1980’s was to help make the ICAK “safe for diversity”. There was an abundance of creativity, led by the prolific research and findings of Dr. Goodheart. His monthly research tapes and annual research reports were rich in new ideas, techniques, insights, and a fresh perspective for clinical practice. Many other ICAK members were also contributing to the rapidly growing knowledge base of AK.

In the 1970’s and 80’s, most members developed and presented new techniques and discoveries as informal observations from their respective clinical practices. There was little standardized documentation and scientific reporting of findings. Knowing that the ICAK would truly thrive on a balance that maintained and respected the individual creativity of its members as well as nurtured the conversion of these creative observations into scientific language, I strived to bring together the two camps, the creative and the scientific.

In a similar way, there was a divergence between AK and a growing “offshoot” called Clinical Kinesiology, that surrounded the philosophy and teachings of Alan Beardall. Even after Dr. Beardall’s tragic and untimely death in an automobile accident in late 1987, the split between CK and AK intensified. I felt it was important to keep the two groups together for the good of AK, and I worked very hard to do so.

A great tribute to AK and to Dr. Goodheart came in June of 1989 with the “Super 25” ICAK meeting in Chicago. Celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dr. Goodheart’s initial AK observations in 1964, it featured many great speakers and was the most highly attended ICAK meeting to date.

The spouse’s Auxiliary was also very active in those days. They raised tens of thousands of dollars for ICAK research and contributed greatly to making the meetings into fun social events as well as productive educational experiences. Our winter meetings, which were held in some beautiful resort location, contained a tennis tournament and even an annual talent show, which enlisted the often hidden talents of many members and their families.

That era in the history of the ICAK, despite its tensions and inevitable conflicts, was a special time of growth and of resonating together as a team that supported the expansion of AK and its leadership in the healthcare revolution.

ICAK endorses the use of its skills by licensed health professionals only.