Kinesiologists are responsible in studying human movement. Kinesiologists look for ways to improve efficiency and performance of the human body in sports, daily life and the workplace. Not only do Kinesiologists develop design programs and exercise routines but they also rehabilitate injuries.
In the purest form, kinesiology is the study of muscles and movement.
When used in a clinical setting, it becomes an evaluation and treatment
tool for restoring overall health balance to the body. Its beginnings
originated in the 1960s as a clinical science from work performed by Dr.
George Goodheart. Over time, many branches have developed with different
specialties. To date, there are around 80 different types of
kinesiology. Many colleges offer kinesiology degrees that are more
focused on sports physiology. This is different than the clinical use of
Some refer to the use of kinesiology in the clinical setting as "muscle
testing". Others refer to these techniques as specialized kinesiology. At a
basic level, it is the art and science of using neuromuscular feedback from the
body to achieve optimal health.
How is kinesiology practiced?
The kinesiologist may use various healing modalities to help you attain optimal
health. These modalities include body work as it performed in applied
kinesiology or may include nutritional, herbal, homeopathic or supplement
recommendations. Also considered is diet, sleep and exercise recommendations
along with emotional techniques, meridian balancing and energy work techniques.
Virtually any type of healing technique may be tested for and utilized in the
kinesiology session as long as it is legal for that person to do so.
What kinesiology degrees or certificates are available?
Degrees and certificates are typically obtained by two different groups. Applied
kinesiology is only taught to those who have a health oriented degree. They
include people like chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors and doctors of
Oriental medicine. The remaining types of kinesiology are taught to those who
wish to learn the techniques to help themselves and their families. Programs
typically have a minimum age and some educational requirements before
enrollment. Acquiring certifications in various types of kinesiology allows one
to practice in some states that don't require licensure. This, however,
must be accompanied by a disclaimer form stating one's non-licensed
status and intentions to stay within the legal guidelines set forth by the
What associations support kinesiologists?
There are two main primary associations one may join as a specialized
kinesiologist: the Energy Kinesiology Association and the International
Association of Specialized Kinesiologists.