Is Kinesiology effective for treating Persistent Musculoskeletal Pain
Below is a brief summary of an eighteen month research project that investigated the effectiveness of using the natural therapy of kinesiology to treat people who had been suffering from muscle pain for between six months and twenty years. Some of the participants were disabled as a result of their pain and for many their pain impacted negatively on their lifestyle and enjoyment of life.
Reason for Research
Chronic pain is a growing problem in Australia and New Zealand both in economic and social terms. It causes long-term disability and emotional distress, not just to the person involved but also their family.
The purpose of this research was to demonstrate that Kinesiology might be effective in treating chronic musculoskeletal pain, particularly in people who have been unable to get permanent relief from conventional treatment or do not want to use medications
Overall results are promising with 72% of the cohort gaining substantial improvement in their lifestyle. 16% of participants had full elimination of pain and a further 40% were in the category “almost complete reduction in pain with some residual symptoms, full return of lifestyle, normal sleep patterns, no restriction and improved health.”
These people also now have the ability to use self-management techniques to prevent a relapse in their condition.
Outcome 1-no change, outcome 6-no pain remaining
Two people, in outcome 1, did not complete treatment.
Research showed that physical movement was a key issue for some, particularly those people who had developed physical disabilities due to their pain. Several times Brain Gym® activities gave almost immediate relief from pain.
There is sometimes an expectation that a partitioner will provide treatment which reduces or removes pain without the patient themselves doing anything except come to treatment. Three people who did not do the homework had little or no benefit. See outcome 1 and 2 in the graph above.
Also there can be a psychological response of “poor me” when family and friends constantly care for them or endlessly listen to their complaints. In the study people who used techniques to change their attitude then benefited with an improvement in their condition.
By its very nature Kinesiology is a self-development process where patients can gain insight into the way they live their lives and their subconscious reactions to their environment.
Duration Of Treatment
It may seem logical for those people suffering more complex chronic pain and/or more severe disabilities to need a prolonged period of treatment.
However this research clearly demonstrated there was no link between the number of consultations and the outcome. Perhaps the previous sections on self-responsibility may provide a clue to this finding.
What Kinesiology Can Do
1.Help chronic pain suffers who have been unable to gain relief from other types of treatment
2.Provide access to and release a wide range of emotions
3. Undergo therapy such as energy medicine and movements not generally available elsewhere