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Related Terms:  Applied Kinesiology, Classical Kinesiology, Kinesiology Therapy, Kinesiology lymphedema therapy, Ledbed Method



Kinesiology refers to the study of the movement of the human body, and is a multifaceted discipline that is actually a part of the curriculum of many colleges and universities. In the treatment of lymphedema, its focus is on stimulating reflex points in the human body that aid and/or improve circulation and lymph flow.  More particularly this involves assessing imbalances in the body through muscle testing. 

From this testing, weaknesses in the body function are treated through massage or stimuli of the muscle system.  This is often used in conjunction with manual lymphatic drainage massage and compression wraps and garmets.

There is an actual lymphedema therapeutic  program called the Lebed Method that incorporates Kinesiology concepts in a exercise and dance regime. "The Lebed Method, Focus on Healing through Movement and Dance, is a therapeutic exercise program for women who have had any kind of breast surgery, node dissection, radiation, chemotherapy, Lymphedema, or who suffer with chronic fatigue." (1) 


The lymph system has no inner pump mechanism like the heart does.  Lymph flow is stimulated specifically through muscle action that "pushes" the fluid through the lymphatics.  This is a non-invasive technique and I have not found anyone who has been injured or has had complications of any kind from Kinesiology treatment.

Participants in the Lebed method all report extremely positive results and the combination of dance and exercise has about revitalization to many.  I encourage lymphedema patients to look more closely at this concept and how they might personally benefit from it.  Click on the link below for further information on Lebed.

Another lymphedema patient posted that after Kinesiology massage treatment the swelling in her left arm has almost disappeared, although it is still to early to determine the benefit to her lymphedema leg. 

In my update of April 19. 2008. I did search in vain to find any clinical studies that might be available for Kinesiology and lymphedema and simply ws unable to find any.

Dec. 26, 2011

Since this page was originally written, Kinesio Taping (Kinesiology) has continued to receive top reviews from patients and therapists alike.  Further more, the number of studies showing its possibe use with other medical conditions has skyrocketed. In my home state, of Georgia, the University of Georgia has even opened its own center for Kinesiology. (see below)


Information About Kinesiology Therapy

What is Kinesiology Therapy?

Kinesiology practitioners believe that each muscle in the body is individually wired into the inherent human energy system. The muscles are seen as a way of examining the state of the bio energy flowing within and around the body, the response of a muscle to a particular form of stimulation can be used to diagnose underlying health problems and give useful guidance in deciding a treatment plan.

An illness is viewed as a manifestation of an underlying disruption of the bodies natural energy flows. Once the Kinesiology practitioner Has determined the underlying location of poor energy flow causing the problem the therapist will correct the problem using a variety of techniques taken from several different holistic disciplines including acupuncture, nutritional therapy, herbology and flower and gem essence therapy - to name a few.

What happens during a Kinesiology session ?

The subject rests in a prone position, with one forearm resting at right angles. The Kinesiology practitioner exerts a light pressure on the arm to ascertain the level resistance that the client's muscle is able to give.

If the muscle becomes relaxed then this is interpreted as a "NO" response. A rigid, strong muscle response strong and rigid, this is interpreted as a "YES" response.
The muscles responses are tested in reaction to a variety of stress causing items. The practitioner can discover what weakens the client's energy system, and more importantly ascertain what strengthens it.

The Kinesiology therapist will pose a series of questions, interpreting the answers each time from the client's muscle-test. This allows the practitioner to identify precisely what is stressing the client's system at that time, and then to perform the energy corrections necessary to relieve that stress. By relieving the stress on the system, the body/mind will be freed to implement its own self-healing mechanisms, and the symptoms will diminish and disappear.


Building research capacity amongst kinesiologists: results from a mixed methods study

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2008 Feb

Wye L, Digby K.

Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, Community Based Medicine, University of Bristol, Cotham House, Cotham Hill, Bristol, UK.

The aim of this initial evaluation was to explore the feasibility of ways to introduce research activities to kinesiologists. 

METHODS: After training, six practitioners participated in an audit. They recorded symptom data on new patients attending in November 2005 with follow-up by 28 February 2006. Five therapists were subsequently interviewed about their experiences. 

RESULTS: Strategies enhancing therapist participation included targeting and recruiting potential audit enthusiasts amongst the therapist population, using personalized approaches to recruit, train and support therapists, keeping the audit small by working in-depth with a limited number of kinesiologists and helping therapists to "own" the process. A total of 28 patients participated in the audit. The composite MYMOP profile score showed a mean difference of 1.78 (95% CI: 1.28, 2.28). 

CONCLUSION: With targeted strategies engaging kinesiologists, and potentially other professional complementary therapists, in research activities is possible.

Elsevier-Science Direct


A review of the literature in applied and specialised kinesiology.

Forsch Komplement Med (2006). 2008 Feb

Hall S, Lewith G, Brien S, Little P.

Complementary Medicine Research Unit, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK.

INTRODUCTION: Kinesiology is a diagnostic, therapeutic complementary therapy utilising subtle change in manual muscle testing results to evaluate the body's energetic balance and select healing modalities. Anecdotal evidence suggests kinesiology is helpful, therefore we wished to critically review the literature.     

AIMS: (1) To ascertain if diagnostic accuracy including inter-examiner reliability has been established. (2) To review whether there is evidence for its therapeutic effectiveness. (3) To critically assess the quality of relevant studies. Methods: Electronic databases were searched. Diagnostic accuracy studies were analysed and scored for methodological quality and quality of reporting using the quality assessment tool for studies of diagnostic accuracy included in systematic reviews (QUADAS) and the Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Studies (STARD). Clinical studies were analysed for methodological quality using the JADAD scale and for quality of reporting using the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT). 

RESULTS: 22 original relevant studies were identified. Their methodology was poor. Items reported on QUADAS scored 1-11 out of a possible 14, STARD scores were between 6-13 out of 25, JADAD scores were all 0 out of 5 and CONSORT 4-6 out of 22. Consequently, we were unable to answer any of our research questions. 

CONCLUSION: There is insufficient evidence for diagnostic accuracy within kinesiology, the validity of muscle response and the effectiveness of kinesiology for any condition.The standards of reporting were low. We recommend a pragmatic study of the effectiveness of kinesiology as the most appropriate initial step to determine whether kinesiology has any clinical value.



For further Information:


American Academy of Kinesiology


Energy Kinesiology Association - Links


Kinesiology Connection Australia


Health Kinesiology UK


Kinesiology Federation


University of Georgia

Department of Kinesiology



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