Applied Kinesiology is a safe and non-invasive diagnostic system using muscle testing as a tool for evaluating neurological function. The methodology focuses primarily on neuromuscular function as it relates to the structural, chemical and neurological regulatory mechanisms. Muscle testing assesses the impact of the nervous system on patient health, helping AK practitioners look for the source of disease in the balance of the sensory system with the motor system.
Licensed healthcare professionals use Applied Kinesiology to identify the source for muscle and joint pain as well as structural and gastrointestinal issues which can often be treated affordably. Many patients with complex conditions have turned to Applied Kinesiology when nothing else has worked for them. Experienced AK professionals around the globe are safely relieving the suffering related to the debilitating effects of injury, pain, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, PTSD, and more, bringing unexpected hope and relief.
Only healthcare professionals licensed for diagnosis, and students in those programs, can study to become Professional Applied Kinesiology practitioners. Healthcare professionals must take the 100-hour Basic Applied Kinesiology Certification course and pass the exam. All courses follow the guidelines of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, which governs standards, education and certification globally. In Canada, it’s mostly chiropractors, osteopaths and naturopathic doctors who integrate Applied Kinesiology into their healthcare practices. Dentists and MDs can study and practice AK as well – it's interesting that in Europe, most of the healthcare practitioners who become certified in Applied Kinesiology and integrate it into their patient practices are MDs. As healthcare licensing in Canada is provincially regulated, the kinds of healthcare practitioners allowed to use AK varies across the country; naturopathic doctors aren’t licensed in Québec, so we don’t have members from that province who are naturopathic doctors as we do in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) is the governing body overseeing education, research and standards for Applied Kinesiology globally, and for the organization’s 15 regional chapters. Members of the Canadian chapter of ICAK are certified to integrate Applied Kinesiology into their healthcare practices safely and responsibly.
Licensed healthcare practitioners or students enrolled in a program must take the 100-hour basic certification training and pass the exam to practice Applied Kinesiology. For those interested in Basic or Advanced training and certification, see our list of courses and seminars.
Advanced certification is demanding; only those with their DIBAK diplomate are part of an accomplished group of Applied Kinesiology professionals can teach.
AK Basic and diplomate certification are international, so the teaching follows the same program in every part of the world.
Note: College and university courses on kinesiology, the study of the body in movement, don’t have an equivalent to Applied Kinesiology training. While physical trainers might be educated in kinesiology, they cannot be certified in AK unless they are licensed in one of the healthcare professions required to take the 100-hour Basic Certification Course, have taken the training and passed the exam. The risks for patients of undergoing AK muscle testing techniques by people who aren’t certified include misdiagnosis, misinformation and worse – injury.
Find an Applied Kinesiology practitioner
Use our directory to find certified Applied Kinesiology professionals in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. This listing shows current members in good standing who have trained and passed the certification requirements to practice Applied Kinesiology (AK) in Canada. ICAK Diplomate (DIBAK) is the advanced level of certification; only practitioners at this level are allowed to teach AK. Practitioners listed are current members of ICAK Canada. To become a member, click here.
ICAK-Canada welcomes new members who have passed their Basic Applied Kinesiology certification and are working in Canada. Your clinic or practice will be listed in the directory and you will be first to be notified of news and updates. Your membership dues support the International College of Applied Kinesiology and its commitment to research and standards.
We welcome students in licensed healthcare programs who are also enrolled in a 100-hour Basic course.
Benefits of membership:
Develop lasting relationships: Canada’s Applied Kinesiology community spans from Québec to British Columbia. Many Canadian AK professionals are engaged internationally so networking extends beyond our borders to the global community.
Develop your practice: Be listed in the national directory so that patients and referring doctors can find your practice.
Attend and vote in our Annual General Meeting.
Advance notification of Applied Kinesiology news, events and courses.
Chairman: Dr Sébastien Houle MSc, DC, DIBAK Treasurer: Dr. John Millett DC Secretary: Dr Mathieu Joyal DC, DIBAK Past Chair: Dr. Jay Grossman MSc, DC, ND, DIBAK Québec Representative: Justin Jefferson-Falardeau DC, DIBAK Ontario Representative: (vacant)
In Canada, who can perform applied kinesiology legally? While it isn’t actually illegal for someone who isn’t certified to practice Applied Kinesiology to practice it, it’s certainly not safe. Chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, dentists, MDs and other healthcare professionals that are licensed to diagnose can use Applied Kinesiology in their patient practices, as long as they have taken and passed the exam for the Basic Applied Kinesiology certification course.
What should I look for in someone who says they will use applied kinesiology on me? Ask if they have received their certification. Watch out if they say they took a kinesiology course in university or learned it from someone else; they might not be certified. Be aware that using muscle testing techniques without the proper training can result in misdiagnosis or injury.
Do you need to be a naturopath or chiropractor? While a naturopathic doctor or chiropractor can indeed study and practice Applied Kinesiology, so could an osteopath, dentist, MD or any other doctor licensed by a regulatory body.