From time to time, the College receives enquiries from kinesiologists regarding their ability to offer complementary/alternative therapies in addition to conventional kinesiology treatment. Complementary/alternative therapies fall within a broad group of therapeutic practices, services, remedies, or devices based on various theories or beliefs, which may or may not be grounded in evidence-based practice and scientific principles. Examples include herbal supplements, cupping therapy, and homeopathic remedies. Complementary/alternative therapies may be specifically regulated by law, such as acupuncture, or may be unregulated.
In light of the increasing popularity of such therapies, and in order to address some of the common questions that arise, the College is proposing a draft guideline on complementary/alternative therapies in kinesiology practice. The draft guideline is largely based on a similar guideline developed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, which currently applies to all physicians in Ontario.
The draft guideline sets out general principles applicable to both conventional and complementary/alternative therapies, as well as specific requirements for kinesiologists who intend to offer such therapies or who deal with patients who request or receive such therapies from another source. Some key expectations from the draft guideline are that kinesiologists will:
- Act in the best interests of the patient
- Respect the autonomy of patient choice
- Avoid or appropriately manage conflicts of interest
- Practice within the scope of their competence
- Comply with governing laws and standards
- Conduct a conventional kinesiology assessment first
- Provide accurate and unbiased information about therapies
- Make appropriate referrals to other qualified practitioners, where required
The Council of the College approved the draft guideline in principle at its meeting on April 15, 2019, and directed that it be circulated to the membership for comment. This guideline is now closed for comments and feedback.
Click here to read the draft guideline.