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

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! 

Is Aromatherapy Massage a Science
Is Kinesiology a Science
Is Acupressure a Science Massage

Is Acupressure a Science?

With its origins starting in China, acupressure has been used in various forms since 2000BC, with the English term dating back to 1958. As we continue to ask the question "Is Kinesiology a Science?" we need to look beyond the traditional and spiritual roots to truly understand how this impacts the human body. Typically acupressure is used across the world as a preventative and maintenance method for a broad array of medical treatments, identifying muscular problems, preventing nausea, pain relief and combating anxiety. 

Kinesiology practitioners are passionate about practices like acupressure and know the sciences behind it. However, for a truly clear answer we need to ask the researchers to provide independent studies, tests and draw conclusions from clear facts. So what are the researchers saying? 

One article focussed on the affects of acupressure on patients before open heart surgery, they found "Based on the results of this study, the application of acupressure in patients who are candidates

for open-heart surgery can reduce their state anxiety"

Another article says "Acupressure is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological intervention with multidimensional roles and benefits. Current investigations substantiate the traditional claims and validate use of acupressure for painless treatment of numerous diseases".

These kinds of articles are cited regularly on online repositories like Science Direct ( with articles including "The effects of auricular acupressure on the sleep of the elderly", "Acupressure combined with pharmacological treatment in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee", "The Efficacy of Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acupressure versus CBT for Insomnia" and many more! 

They are all wildly different scientific articles, however they each provide hard evidence and support to the question is kinesiology a science? 

2 of these articles are below for free. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly practitioner for any questions or concerns or to book in your next appointment - we look forward to seeing you!

Is Acupressure a Science?
Effectiveness of Acupressure on Anxiety

Science behind kinesiology for weight loss

There is clear and concise data that tells us the importance of a healthy diet and good nutrition, we have been told this since we were kids! So this should make the evidence behind kinesiology and weight loss fairly easy... well hold that thought. Dieticians, medical professionals and kinesiology practitioners that specialise in diet plans, accomplish results from their patients when there is a tailor made diet plan. Simply writing a set list of dietary must haves is not enough, we need to understand your current diet and make recommendations.

With a tailor made kinesiology diet plan targeting weight loss, there are many questions to answer before a diet plan can be recommended. Questions around goals, lifestyle and physical health are all factors that are relevant when deciding how to approach a kinesiology based weight management plan/diet plan. 

A targeted diet plan can help with:
> Weight loss.
> Digestion problems.
> Circulation and blood pressure.
> Adrenal fatigue (hormone imbalance causing highs and lows in our energy levels).
> Food intolerances.
> Targeting metabolism as well as foods that aid and impede with metabolic speed.
> PMS, abdominal cramps, period pain, irregular cycles and amenorrhea. 
> Hydration. 
> Increased and stable energy levels. 
> Improved immune strength. 

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