What is Kinesiology?

“Thanks for sharing the Vision!” John Thie, D.C.

  • Definition
  • Practice
  • Who can benefit from kinesiology?
  • History
  • Manual Muscle Testing



Kinesiology is a stress management technique and is also used for health education. It improves physical, emotional and energy balance essential to the well-being. It develops self awareness, self esteem, creativity and autonomy. It spotlights our hidden potential and facilitates the management of all kinds of difficulties.

Kinesiology allows another view of difficulties and more appropriate management of stressful situations.

It is NOT a medical technique. It helps people without replacing official medecine.



Kinesiology uses Western chiropractic techniques combined with Eastern knowledge stemming from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Kinesiologists use manual muscle testing to communicate with the body. It uses an easily observable reality : a muscle submitted to a gentle test reveals a change of tonicity depending on whether the person is under stress or not.

The test gives biofeedback of the difficulties felt by the person. It is used to identify imbalances and ways to fix them.


Who can benefit from kinesiology ?

We have all experienced difficult times in our lives : relationship problems, heartbreak, grief, separation, stressful family or professional environment, learning difficulties…

In these situations, you can call a kinesiologist for both children and adults.

Kinesiology can also help improve your talents and manage stress for exams.

Some of the many reasons to consult a kinesiologist:

  • Learning difficulties for both children and adults
  • Improving school performance, in sports and arts
  • Public speaking and oral expression in all circumstances
  • Stress management during exam periods
  • Relief of physical tensions.



In the 1960s, an American chiropractor Georges Goodheart discovered the possibility of relieving tension and spasm muscles by strengthening weak opposing muscles. He used a muscle test to get a biofeedback of the body and highlighted new possibilities to rebalance the muscles and enhance health status of his patients. He incorporated into his work bases of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He named his new techniques, Applied Kinesiology.

Based on these findings, Dr. John Thie, D.C, conceived a non-medical kinesiology technique, Touch for Health, available for the general public. Then other kinesiologists developed new methods inspired by Touch for Health. These non-medical techniques are named Specialized Kinesiology.

Touch for Health soon spread in many countries in the world inspiring other professionals who contributed with their creativity to the evolution of Specialized Kinesiology. It is now used in more than 80 countries in the world.

It came to France in the 80s. There are schools and many kinesiologists today in France. French researchers have enriched Specialized Kinesiology with the development of new techniques.


Manual Muscle Testing


The specificity of Kinesiologists  is to use the Manual Muscle Test
but using the Manual  Muscle Testing does not mean being a Kinesiologist.

Many professionals, speech therapists, dentists, doctors etc. use Manual Muscle Testing in their practice.

In kinesiology Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) is used as a means of communication with the body. The biofeedback gives information to understand the problems of the person. MMT is also used to identify the best way to balance and helps the person to feel the changes in the muscular response under stress and when the stress is gone.
Although being an exceptional investigation tool Manual Muscle Testing does NOT reveal the person’s history or whether she told the truth. It reveals feelings and emotions.
MMT is not used to make medical diagnosis and cannot predict the future.


Knowing how to use Manual Muscle Testing is an art.