Physiotherapy vs Kinesiology?

Physiotherapy and Kinesiology, are they mutually exclusive? 


I see a number of clients with muscular injuries or issues (foot, leg, shoulders, jaw etc).  Most come to see me when their situation is chronic, that is, they’ve had it for a number of weeks.  It’s not unusual to hear they have been, or are still seeing, a physiotherapist but they still have some level of discomfort or pain.


In most instances kinesiology helps to resolve the lingering pain or discomfort.  So, you may ask, did the physiotherapy fail and the kinesiology succeed?


The truth is that physiotherapy combined with kinesiology is a very powerful approach to working with muscular issues.  Physiotherapists can use a number of methods to help people overcome movement disorders, recover from injury, and reduce pain and stiffness.  Kinesiologists have the same aim but the main difference is that we find and diffuse all the underlying emotions surrounding the muscular issue (the mind-body connection) to help restore energy flow.


I do need to point out that physiotherapy is a registered profession in Australia, kinesiology is not.  Physiotherapists can assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders.   Kinesiologists, on the other hand, do not (should not!) diagnose, treat or prescribe for medical conditions.  Kinesiology is concerned with imbalances in the body’s energy system and has close links with the acupuncture concept of energy flow.  Kinesiology supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself.


Physiotherapists focus on the body (and kinesiologists can too) but I think our strength lies in looking within the subconscious mind and finding the underlying emotions around the problem with a view to clearing energy blockages.  Together, both modalities provide a holistic approach which can help speed up a client’s recovery.