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What is kinesiology? Kinesiology refers to the study of movement. In American higher education, the term is used to describe a multifaceted field of study in which movement or physical activity is the intellectual focus. Physical activity includes exercise for improvement of health and physical fitness, activities of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play. Kinesiology is a common name for college and university academic departments that include many specialized areas of study in which the causes and consequences of physical activity are examined from different perspectives. These include exercise and sport biomechanics, history, philosophy, physiology, biochemistry and molecular/cellular physiology, psychology, and sociology; motor behavior; measurement; physical fitness; and sports medicine. Many colleges and universities around the world have schools of kinesiology. These institutions are 4 - 7 year courses leading to BS, MA and Ph.D. degrees. A kinesiologist is a person who has completed one of these programs graduating with one of these degrees.

Applied kinesiology is best described as a tool using muscle testing as a diagnostic tool to augment the examination skills that a health care professional has learned. These findings then allow an integrated approach of differing therapies that are appropriate for the patient.

In the late 1960's,an original student of Dr. Goodheart, felt that the procedures in applied kinesiology could be simplified for use by the general public. The material was simplified using the most basic material in applied kinesiology and was taught to anyone who was interested. The title of the book was Touch for Health. Basically, Touch For Health procedures are reflex stimulation methods based on the very early work, 1964 - 1971, of Dr. Goodheart. Originally, the people taught named their work Touch for Health. However, confusion started in the late 80's when they changed and stared to call themselves kinesiologists.

Other confusion has come from work that others have done with muscle testing. When someone takes a part of applied kinesiology and develops specialized usages of muscle testing, they have labeled their technique using the name kinesiology as part of their title. So we have over 80 different forms of therapy now using the term kinesiology. These range from Behavioral kinesiology and dental kinesiology which were developed by and for psychologists and dentists to odd ball forms like astrological kinesiology. Unfortunately, applied kinesiology and Dr. Goodheart get credited and associated with all of these variant forms.

So again, what is in a name? Is a rose always a rose?