Is Kinesiology a Science?
Trusting Kinesiology as a Science
With many of the foundations of modern kinesiology practices coming from ancient sciences and traditional medicines, it often sparks the question of is kinesiology a science? To put it simply - yes.
This question has so much popularity that it has sparked dozens of publications around the scientific merit of kinesiology practices and kinesiology tape. In these journals we see advanced investigation into the use of different techniques to answer the question and most importantly to identify the scope of the question. Although the question is simple on the surface, we need to understand the role the health and wellbeing play on our body (digestion, impact on the CNS, blood flow etc), our stress and anxiety and mood. In most cases, Kinesiology addresses these issues both directly and indirectly with it's broad practices used for a variety of underlying medical conditions (which can be extremely difficult to test in a laboratory).
As early at 1981 we saw publications around the efficacy of kinesiology and this has only continued to grow in all forms of academic interest; funding, number of peer reviewed papers, depth of research, breadth of research etc. The American Kinesiology Association lists over 100 international journals with connections to kinesiology (and that is a conservative estimate), and identifies over 3,500 Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degree programs within the United States and although no numbers have been published for the Australian figures, we can assume they have similar relational statistics.
To comprehensively answer the question with certainty, you will find several articles below that were written with an emphasis on the research and history of Kinesiology. We have also provided a couple of fundamental facts to further solidify the research.
Science behind kinesiology practices.
Is Aromatherapy Massage a Science?
As you we have already covered, there are different practices within kinesiology that we can group together into 4 pillars; body, mind, emotions and spirit. Aromatherapy massage is an incredible gift to the human body, encompassing all 4 pillars mentioned before.
Ok so we know that it has a direct impact on these 4 pillars, but what about the specifics and hard sciences to the efficacy of Aromatherapy. Below is an article that outlines the clear sciences behind Aromatherapy with positive impacts of; combating dandruff, combating hair lice, antioxidant properties, hormone levels, antibacterial, insomnia, pain management, memory loss and even anti-tumor properties. Yes you read that correctly - the impacts of the aromatherapy essential oils have been shown to retard the growth of human melanoma "Tea tree oil and terpinen-4-ol both were able to retard the growth of human melanoma M14 WT cells andM14 adriamicin-resistant cells. This action was linked to apoptosis via caspase-dependent mechanism in melanoma cells. 5-Fluorouracil treatment is enhanced in human colon cancer cells if sensitized bygeraniol, a component of plant essential oils. Efforts are being made to establish the link between essential oils and their anti-tumor activity."
This incredible article that draws on details of these oils and their scientific benefits is a must read!