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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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International Board of Research and Standards (IBORS)

Statement of Purpose


The International Board of Research and Standards is comprised of members from ICAK chapters around the world.  The Board has two major functions. 

The first is to co-ordinate and evaluate research projects that enhance the understanding and application of Applied Kinesiology practice.

The second purpose of the board is to review existing research and procedures to clearly define what is acceptable standards of practice in technique and scientific application of Applied Kinesiology knowledge. 

The current International Board of Research and Standards is comprised of the following members:

Dr. Trevor Chetcuti – BCScBAppSc(clinical), DIBAK, CNET


Dr. Alan Jenks - BSc, DC, DIBAK, DCBCN

IBE Chairman

Dr. Gary Domby - DC, DIBAK, RYT

Immediate Past Chairman

Dr. David Leaf - DC, DIBAK


Dr. Lou Orbsteadt - DC, DIBAK, DCBCN, Acu


Dr. Mark Force - DC, DIBAK, FIAMA


Research (more information)

The IBORS constantly has research projects on the go of various levels. Some of these are high level neurophysiology studies carried out by tertiary institutions designed to improve the scientific understanding or improve the scientific validation of the Applied Kinesiology practice. Other projects are aimed at provide base level evidence for procedures or improving teaching standards.

A current list of projects underway can be found here.

Standards (more information)

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.

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