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Touch for Health

Touch for Health™ uses muscle testing to determine imbalances in the muscles and organs. Practitioners then use muscle manipulation techniques, acupressure-like treatments, lymph massage, and basic CranioSacral therapy moves to affect change.


Dr. Goodheart created a complex muscle testing and treatment system for Applied Kinesiology. However, it was only readily accessible for professional/regulated health providers. Chiropractor John Thie discovered that the system could be simplified for the public. His first manual was published in 1973.

Both the assessment and treatment components of the system were meant to be self-administered. However, many practitioners incorporate Touch for Health™ into their treatments.


Touch for Health™ practitioners begin by doing an energy pulse reading and testing for muscle weakness around the body. Weakness in a muscle represents a weakness around the body and in the organ that corresponds to that muscle.

Traditional treatments include massaging the muscle, particularly focusing on the origins and insertions of the muscle, holding the appropriate/indicated neurovascular points for a short period of time, and deeply massaging the tender/indicated neurolymphatic reflex points for 20 to 30 seconds. 

Practitioners may also stimulate acupressure points on the associated muscles or energy meridians and use one or two simple moves from cranial osteopathy.

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Touch for Health™ is a whole-body treatment that can help address and correct muscle and organ imbalances. 


A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.


An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.