The Kinesiology & Human Motion Specialist

In today’s industry of massage therapy, it is more important than ever to understand the intricacies of kinesiology and human motion so that you can best advise your clients, effectively interact with coworkers and devise various therapeutic plans. There are a wide range of opportunities available for massage therapists with a focus in kinesiology and there are many different potential business relationships that will be encountered throughout a typical career. Learning more about the business will serve to equip the massage therapist with information and tools that will be required as you begin your career.


The Kinesiology & Human Motion Specialist Program

This program overviews anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and human pathology in order to understand all the inner working of the human body, how you think about the human body as a health care professional, and how to communicate to colleagues and clients respectively about their bodies. In addition, the program discusses each body system in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions and explains how each system participates in homeostasis. The program further discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Additionally, the program discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system throughout the lifespan. The program also covers basic kinesiology principles as they apply to musculoskeletal anatomy and neuromuscular physiology. It emphasizes practical applications for hands-on practice, biomechanics applications for activities of daily living, and whole-body patterns in posture and gait.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will:

  • Define introductory kinesiology terms and concepts and relate to manual therapy
  • Identify skeletal and joint structures, functions, concepts, and alignment principles
  • Identify types of joint motion and concepts related to joint motion in manual therapy
  • Identify muscular structures, functions, and concepts Relate to muscle balance/imbalance, body patterns, and manual therapy applications
  • Describe NM structures and functions Describe theory and steps in basic NM therapies
  • Define introductory biomechanical concepts and relate to body-use patterns, manual therapy, and body mechanics
  • List and define components of ideal and faulty postures Describe applications of postural assessment to manual therapy treatments and body mechanics
  • Describe components of gait Relate to pattern recognition and body mechanics
  • Identify and differentiate tissue layers
  • Demonstrate the palpation of tissue layers and describe the quality of touch per layer
  • Identify bony landmarks, origins and insertions, and action of skeletal muscles Demonstrate the palpation of bony landmarks and skeletal muscles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of what joint actions each muscle generates
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.


National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.


Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.