The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. Muscle testing involves having the patient try to match the pressure of Dr. Rehl as he gently presses against a part of the body, thereby activating a particular muscle group. The muscle response should be strong and easy.
If the patient has difficulty matching the pressure, we say the muscle is “weak”, but really the muscle is inhibited, or shut off. This happens for a number of reasons, including musculoskeletal problems, organ/gland associations, or emotional stress affecting that muscle. Once the factor(s) have been resolved, the formerly “weak” muscle will now test strong again even if the doctor pushes harder.
Muscle testing is what makes Dr. Rehl’s work so effective. Most therapies focus on tight and stuck areas, but these are often just symptoms, which will return if the underlying problem isn’t resolved. By addressing the weak link and strengthening it, the other areas relax and go back to a balanced state. Adjustments hold longer, and posture and movements improve.
Dr. Rehl also uses muscle testing to evaluate organs, glands, nutritional deficiencies, microbiome imbalances, stress, and more. This is done through various approaches that use acupoints and homeopathic nosode vial test kits. These are describes in the Nutrition section.