Some studies have suggested that kinesiology may be a useful diagnostic tool, but there is no clinical research so far into its validity with Parkinson’s. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that some people with the condition have found kinesiology improves their health and vitality, whilst reducing tension and depression.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that kinesiology can also improve gait disturbances, postural changes and imbalance, as well as muscle rigidity – all of which are common symptoms of Parkinson’s. Kinesiology aims to encourage better control of movement, improve balance and motor function, and to develop general wellbeing.
Each person will respond differently to this therapy so you will need to set clear goals and monitor if you think kinesiology is helping you.
Kinesiology is not regulated in many countries. It is therefore a good idea to ask your doctor or other healthcare professional for recommendations. Friends, family, other people with Parkinson’s or your national Parkinson’s association may also be able to advise based on personal experience.
It is advisable to see a therapist who has experience of Parkinson’s so do ask about their experience of the condition as well as their qualifications.
Depending on the kinesiologist, you will meet in a clinic, your home or in his or her home. You will generally be asked questions about your condition, medical history, nutrition and lifestyle so that the kinesiologist can assess your physical, emotional and nutritional state. The treatment prescribed will vary depending according to the branch of kinesiology that the therapist follows.
Your therapist will probably advise you on nutritional or lifestyle changes, and he or she may give you specific exercises to do, or may recommend flower essences or nutritional supplements to maintain the positive effect of the session.
Your initial consultation might last between one and a half hours and two hours with follow-up sessions of between half to one hour. There is no standard course of treatment - most people will notice an improvement after just one session but two or three sessions are often required, depending on your needs. If further sessions are required, there is usually a break of three to five weeks between the sessions to allow the body time to correct itself before the next consultation.
The Parkinson’s organisation in your country may be able to provide information based on members’ experiences. For contacts see Our members and Other Parkinson’s organisations.
The following sites will help identify kinesiologists in your area:
We would like to thank the following for their contribution:
- Joyce Couper, Kinesiology Federation of the UK