David Barend Labuschagne
May 1, 2016
Exercise Physiologist


East meets West: Kinergetix Movement Therapies - An integrative modality for the management and prevention of chronic, complex and ageing-related disease and disability.


Kinergetix Movement Therapy has demonstrated substantial potential for delivering significant and enduring health benefits to the broad demographic at risk of, or afflicted with chronic and ageing-related health issues. Further considerations of safety of implementation, cost-effectiveness of group sessions, minimal requirement for specialised facilities or ancillary aids, and outstanding compliance of participants signifies the importance of wider implementation and dissemination.


Chronic and ageing-related pathologies are pandemic and increasing. Interventions to contain or reverse this trend have been largely unsuccessful. There is urgent need for an exercise regimen that satisfies a number of criteria, viz.: symptom relief; address underlying impairments; prevent initial onset; enhance functionality (physical and cognitive); inhibit regression; cost-effective; user-friendly; and utilises minimal resources, supervision and time. In addition, component exercises need to be safe to perform and relevant to modern lifestyles. Kinergetix Movement Therapy (KMT), integrates Western exercise and human-movement sciences with Eastern mind-body therapies and martial arts training. Long-term trials have been conducted to assess KMT’s potential for chronic disease management (CDM), falls prevention and the amelioration of ageing-related health issues. KMT trials were staged over a 12-year period with a cohort of 470 participants presenting with a broad range of chronic and ageing-related pathologies. Cohort age range was 18-86 years, median age 52. Long-term outcomes were evaluated in follow-up programs, private sessions and interviews extending over a period of 5 years from participants’ initial enrolment dates. KMT was productive of significant and enduring outcomes in the management of a broad range of chronic, complex and ageing-related pathologies. KMT was also effective in managing psychological issues such as anxiety, depression and self-efficacy. In addition to symptom relief, the benefits include increased functional capacity; a healthier, more independent lifestyle; and an extension of productive lifespan. Compliance rate exceeded 90%, and virtually all participants reported and displayed significant improvements in mobility, vitality and functional performance. No adverse events were reported.


KMT has been formulated to address CDM by restoring and enhancing functionality from the aspects of biomechanics, physiology and cognition. Lifestyle factors play a critical role in the evolution of chronic health problems. Underlying these are the psychological issues of attitude and motivation. Accordingly, KMT incorporates strategies to promote exercise adherence in conjunction with educational measures to reinforce positive health behaviours. KMT programs consist of weekly 90-minute group sessions staged over 13 weeks. Each session comprises a 60-minute workout supplemented with a 30-minute lecture on health topics. Program participation was prefaced by, and concluded with an interview, assessment of fitness and physical functionality, medical history review, and pathology reports. These factors along with client self-reports were used to evaluate outcomes. Amongst the salient features of KMT is exceptional program compliance. Participants are motivated to put in the time and effort because sessions are fun, stress-free, engaging, challenging but safe, and the routines are directly relevant to the ADLs of modern lifestyles. Moreover, the social interaction afforded by group sessions promotes mutual support and encourages cooperation as well as friendly competition. KMT programs and program-leader training courses are scalable and suitable for delivery by a range of healthcare providers as well as transmission via digital media formats.

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