Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT) was founded by Dr. Craig Buhler in a clinic in Utah. AMIT is used by many elite athletes and can also be used for many common injuries. It is such a profound therapy because it uses the most effective techniques from chiropractics, acupuncture, and other modalities. It focuses on interrelationships between muscle function, range of motion and restriction that contribute to the pain. The technique incorporates multiple muscular skeletal techniques, acupuncture points, trigger points, and other alternative modalities. Essentially AMIT is finding the core of the problem, allowing great change and healing.
Dr. Mercola discusses the effectiveness of AMIT.
“Using this technique on the foot and ankle, recovery time for grade 1 and 2 type ankle sprains can potentially be reduced to minutes, compared to the 4-6 weeks required when following conventional treatment for a sprained ankle.”
An AMIT Session
- Just as with any doctor, an AMIT session starts with in depth history. How and when did the injury occur, as well as your current and past health and medical history.
- Next, your central nervous system is assessed. The physician will evaluate your atlas/axis/occiput complex, which is the upper part of your spine that affects the brain stem of your central nervous system directly.
- An assessment of your basic muscle function is next.
“I’m not testing for strength, which would be seen in break testing and which a lot of physical therapists and chiropractors do. What I’m looking for is the tonal quality of that muscle,” Dr. Buhler explains.
- Next, is the actual therapy process. Dr. Buhler refers to this as “innate guided systems approach.” This means is that your body creates symptoms, such as pain, as a way of communicating that there’s a problem.
“We’ve learned through our conditioning that we just ignore the pain, or we take a medication to suppress the pain, which is no more than saying to the body, ‘Shut up. I don’t want to hear about it,’ which allows the problem to become more advanced,” he says. “When you take anti-inflammatories and pain pills for a condition that you’re dealing with athletically, all that you do is set the body up for more damage, because you override the protective mechanism of your body. This approach honors your body, listens to your body, and uses symptoms as a communication system.”
The therapy is designed to reactivate the muscle and re-establish pain free motion. Once this is established yoga or some other training program designed to strengthen the previously inhibited muscle can bring you to a whole new level of performance. This is particularly valuable for professional athletes.
“We’ve dropped the time of a 5,000-meter speed skater by a minute and a half, simply by clearing the calf muscles and the quadriceps. That was accomplished in 24 hours,” Dr. Buhler says. “And we’ve increased vertical jump on a basketball player by seven inches in 24 hours, simply by reactivating the quads and the calf muscles. That’s staggering. That’s unheard of. But it’s an example of what happens when you reactivate and reinitialize those muscles back into the nervous system. It’s pretty dramatic.”
Example AMIT Technique Used For Sprained Ankles
Usually a severely sprained ankle will take you out of commission for several weeks. Dr. Buhler’s technique can often get you back on your feet in a matter of minutes.
There are three grades of ankle sprains:
- Grade 1 – Overstretched ligament
- Grade 2 – Slight partial ligament tear
- Grade 3 – Complete ligament tear
According to Dr. Buhler, grade 1 and 2 sprained ankles are “an easy fix.” Modern medicine usually tells you to keep weight off the ankle for at least a week. Then the second week some passive range of motion therapy. And then you slowly start rehabilitating with more aggressive therapy. Recovery can take four to six weeks.
Dr. Buhler looks at these sprains in a completely different way.
“The lateral stabilizers to the ankle muscle become inhibited because of the trauma. They no longer fire to support the joint. Every time you take a step, you’re stepping and weight-bearing on a joint that’s distorted and unstable, and your body automatically creates pain to protect you,” Dr. Buhler explains. “You get the swelling, because the capillary hemorrhages. Your body again is having to deal with the inflammatory process and needs to begin the healing process.”
The AMIT technique will adjust the ankle mortise back into alignment, so the joint tracks properly. Dr. Buhler then resets the lateral stabilizer muscles with a specific reflex method. Once the mucles have been been activated, upon retesting they are once again solid and pain free, and can withstand weight bearing.
“Now, when the athlete or the patient gets off the table and begins to walk, the first step is painful, the second step is less painful, and each subsequent step they take is less and less painful, to where they can run back and forth in the clinic without any pain. That way, walking and running actually becomes therapeutic, because you’re stimulating the lymphatic drainage system,” he says.
Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Buhler
To learn more about the AMIT method visit AMITmethod.com
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