Kinesiology means ‘the study of movement’. The term is also used by complementary medicine practitioners to describe a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at what may be causing ‘imbalances’ in the body and attempts to relieve these imbalances. The kinesiology approach examines ‘unresolved stress reactions’ in a person and provides techniques intended to help the body’s natural healing process.

How kinesiology developed

Kinesiology stems from chiropractic’s and applied kinesiology. It is also based on the ancient Chinese acupuncture theory of chi energy. Unlike applied kinesiology, where muscles are tested for strength, the more recently developed forms of kinesiology use muscle monitoring as a form of biofeedback to the subject.

Evidence of effectiveness of kinesiology

Many nervous system diseases can affect muscle strength. Kinesiology is based on an energy model of health (not a medical one). There is little evidence of the underlying philosophy and claims of benefit.

Choosing a kinesiology practitioner

  • Contact the Australian Kinesiology Association for a registered practitioner in your locality.
  • Ask your health practitioner for a referral.

During the first visit to a kinesiology practitioner, ask about their training and qualifications. Do not continue with any practitioner who advises you to abandon your conventional medical treatment, as this should only be done in consultation with your doctor.

How kinesiology works

Kinesiologists claim to be able to use muscle monitoring techniques to access information about a person’s wellbeing and to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Techniques used in kinesiology

Some of the techniques available include:

  • acupressure
  • lymphatic massage
  • hypertonic muscle release
  • attention to reflex, trigger and body points
  • remedies, such as flower essences and homeopathics
  • nutritional advice.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor
  • Australian Kinesiology Association Tel. 1300 780 381 or (03) 9898 7406

Things to remember

  • Kinesiology is a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at imbalances that may be causing disease in the body.
  • Kinesiology aims to detect and correct imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition or minor injuries.
  • Kinesiology is not used to diagnose disorders.