IBORS Standards

Applied Kinesiology standards are vital to ensure correct application of procedures. The ICAK has set these standards to ensure the accurate application of functional manual muscle testing. Many muscle testing professions have failed to set required standards based upon the best available evidence and this has potentially resulted in less desirable patient outcomes and poorly conducted research.

The IBORS strives to maintain the highest level of evidence-based practice of Applied Kinesiology and as such is currently undertaking a major review of all procedures previously approved in AK.

Mission statement 

To assess the current literature surrounding various procedures and education modules and the applications of the functional manual muscle test in clinical practice to ensure that ICAK education supports the use of evidenced based best practice.

IBORS Standards committee

Dr. Trevor Chetcuti, DIBAK; Chairman

Dr. Alan Jenks, DIBAK; IBE Representative

Dr. David Leaf, DIBAK 

Dr. Mark Force, DIBAK

White papers on procedures

The IBORS is currently undertaking a major review of all AK procedures to ensure procedures are in line with evidence-based best practice. At this point in time a rather large reference list is provided for currently approved material. Over time this will be replaced with a single document outlining the currently approved procedures.

Board of Standards Approved Procedures and Reference Grid

This list of approved material is continually being updated. Due to the vast number of A.K. procedures which have been described in the past 40 years, the review process is ongoing. Those items included here have been approved for inclusion in the ICAK International Board of Examiners Diplomate examination and may be taught as approved material by ICAK Certified Teaching Diplomates.

Not all procedures taught and used in the name of “Kinesiology” or “Applied Kinesiology” are reviewed by the International Board of Standards. If a procedure is not yet listed here it, it does not necessarily mean that the procedure has been disapproved. It may mean only that the procedure has not yet been reviewed or that the author has not requested review. While members of ICAK are encouraged to use approved techniques, the Board does not seek to limit the clinical freedom of each member to choose techniques within his/her own professional scope of practice that are appropriate to their patient’s needs.

Current and previous AK texts

The IBORS is currently collating literature relating to Applied Kinesiology practice. 

Applying to have modules or procedures accredited

Guidelines for module development


The purpose of ICAK education modules is to provide an advanced layer of education that combines the knowledge and application of functional muscle testing derived from the basic proficiency course with modern science and assessment procedures. 

Modules form a ‘second tier’ of AK education emphasizing the diagnosis and correction of conditions associated with the module’s topic. 

Having a second tier of education allows for an advanced formal curriculum from which to expand the AK practitioner’s knowledge, provides an easy method of updating and scientifically validating AK education and provides material that can be easily assessed for continuing professional development hours and DIBAK examination.

Integrating functional muscle assessment with traditional science and functional pathology assessment will provide new graduates with a foundation of knowledge to practice AK in the way Goodheart and modern science demands. 

It is hoped that the development of modules will encourage our many great practitioners to share their knowledge and teachings under the ICAK umbrella and move AK from what has been a long term stagnant education model to a more vibrant and dynamic curriculum filled with cutting edge research.

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