Kinesiology as a separate discipline was originally developed by an American orthopaedic surgeon in the early 20th century and later systemized by two physical therapists who wrote the standard text book for kinesiologists called ‘Muscle Testing and Function’.

An American chiropractor Dr George Goodheart combined this basically neuro-muscular detection technique into a therapeutic tool by combining this knowledge with the ancient knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine in relation to meridians and acupoints. This work was further embellished with the addition of reflex, neuro-vascular and lymphatic points. Today kinesiology has many branches and specialities, however, fundamentally uses muscle monitoring as a biofeedback tool into the human bio computer of musculo-skeletal, biochemical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual aspects. Therefore it is both investigative and therapeutic and is a true holistic approach to the mind body spirit complex. Kinesiology therefore can be helpful in almost any condition and because it can cover such a broad range of issues, kinesiologists work very well with other disciplines such as chiropractic, naturopathy and psychology. In practice it can be very similar to acupuncture (without the needles) however brings in many other aspects as well.

Kinesiology is recognised by most Health Funds.