Dr. Thie's books on Touch for Health have sold in excess of 500,000 copies. No chiropractor has ever developed a patient education program that has had the influence that Touch for Health has. Touch for Health caught the attention of many laymen and other health professionals in several disciplines, and spawned national and international workshops and certification programs. It has spread some of the methods of applied kinesiology (particularly the Traditional Chinese Medicine, somatovisceral and viscerosomatic reflexes, and emotional methodologies) to "hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people around the globe." (Keating, 2005)
The importance of Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to countless people in the West using the Touch for Health methods (based on the bridge provided by the manual muscle test and the early applied kinesiology reflex diagnostic and treatment techniques of Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr.).
The clinical sections include detailed descriptions of treatment approaches for the cervical region, the cranium, the shoulder and upper extremity, the thorax, the low back and pelvis, the thighs, legs and feet. The artwork and illustrations are superb, some of the best ever produced in the kinesiology kingdom.
There are not many scientific references in the textbook, but rather "best practices" are taken from anecdotal sources rather than from scientific peer-reviewed journals, which may undermine the book's overall scientific credibility. In this age of evidence-based medicine, some scientists and clinicians may consider that this book contains only personal, speculative opinions, presented with a high degree of authority.
However this is the best "How To" manual on "Kinesiology" ever produced, and derives its methodologies from applied kinesiology and the International College of Applied Kinesiology, which has a significant evidence base. Further, Touch For Health has begun a serious research program and have produced some impressive early results confirming some of the cornerstone procedures of its methods.
Dr. Thie and his son Matthew Thie have delivered a book that can be studied in basic and advanced level massage courses around the world. The text is also an excellent reference for the practicing massage therapist, acupuncturist, nutritionist and bodyworker who is committed to ongoing continuing education. Highly recommended!
-- By Dr. Scott Cuthbert, author of Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Health Care (2013), and Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions (2013).