AMIT (Advanced Muscle Integration Technique)

120927 - book study pic.jpgIn January 2007 Dr. Allen completed his final class of the 10 month internship in MAT (Muscle Activation TechniquesTM). 

Developed over the last 15 years by Greg Roskopf, a brilliant  (as Dr. Allen and many others describe him) exercise physiologist and biomechanics consultant for the Utah Jazz and Denver Broncos, MAT is a cutting edge biomechanically-based process designed to correct body alignment and function while simultaneously decreasing the pain that is driven by these asymmetries.

MAT has quickly found its way into just about every professional level sport in the United States, is opening up new minds and perspectives in traditional medicine and is quickly spreading internationally.

MAT is an intense 10 month internship in anatomy, functional biomechanics and neurophysiology with a heavily weighted examination and assessment process to ensure consistency and reproducability in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. 

MAT is a specific technique designed to tease out minor weaknesses and deficits on the body frame that are causing pain or functional joint instabilities or improper compensation patterns.   In our office,  strongly using the technique in conjunction with our chiropractic, orthopedic, neurology and physical therapy knowledge base, the MAT method has given us an incredibly powerful tool to speed up the healing process of our patients by reducing the muscle weaknesses that allow continued pain and inflammation to persist.  In our office we have used the techniques successfully on Olympic, All American, high school, Semi-professional athletes and State and National Championship athletes as well as marathoners, casual runners and athletes across a broad spectrum of venues.  The technique also works well on everyday aches and pains and even post-surgical issues such as pain, loss of joint range and contacture. 

To read more about this amazing technique and its brilliant inventor visit Greg Roskopf's Muscle Activation Techniques TM  Website.


AMIT (Advanced Muscle Integration Technique)

In 2008 Dr. Allen and his team brought Dr. Buhler out to their clinic on  two separate weekends to study and learn under Dr. Buhler.

Dr. Craig Buhler and Greg Roskopf have worked together for 10 years in conjunction with the Utah Jazz and the Denver Broncos. From the challenges that they were faced upon working together, they were able to enhance each others thought processes in regards to understanding the mechanisms behind athletic injuries. From their relationship came a new paradigm for evaluating and treating biomechanical imbalances that lead to injury. Each went on to develop specialized programs specific to their area of specialty. Greg developed Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), a biomechanically based program designed for trainers and therapists, while Craig developed AMIT, a neurologically based program designed for chiropractors. Although these programs are different, they both evolved through a similar philosophical foundation. AMIT and MAT are separate programs, however, Greg and Craig are working together in taking the steps to spread their philosophies across the country. These two programs are taking human performance to the next level. 
Dr. Buhler has served as the team chiropractor for the Utah Jazz Basketball team for the past 25 years. In addition to being on the medical team of the Jazz he had a successful private practice in Salt Lake City for 20 years. In June of 2002 he established his practice, AMIT Clinic, in Kaysville, Utah.

In 1978 Dr. Buhler received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. He filled a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Utah Medical School in the area of motor physiology. He studied with the late Dr. Alan Beardall and was involved in the development of what became known as Clinical Kinesiology (not to be confused with Applied Kinesiology technique). Dr. Buhler has expanded on the muscle work developed by Alan by looking at the interrelationships between muscle function, range of motion restrictions and the causes of pain.

In 1997 he combined forces with Greg Roskopf M.S., an exercise physiologist for the World Champion Denver Broncos, in looking more closely at why elite athletes break down during stressed activities. The relationship was filled with confrontations with each other as they challenged their individual prospective. Out of the conflicts, questioning and search for answers, came one of the most effective approaches to correcting the cause of muscle and joint pain to come along in years. They created a different paradigm than either one of them had expected. This new paradigm became what is now known as “Muscle Activation Techniques.” It is a precision approach to evaluating and correcting many of the common joint, spinal and muscle problems so common in today’s active population.

Using the AMIT system we are able to evaluate the function of 720 muscles in the body. When ever a muscle is over loaded beyond its ability to handle the load, the tissue either tear or neurologically inhibit. Inhibition takes place by way of nerve centers called proprioceptors. These centers called "intellegent terminals" monitor tension, stretch, motion, pressure, etc. If the system is overloaded, these centers "trip", much like a ciruit breaker in an electrical circuit. Once this occurs, the muscle stays inhibited when placed under load. It will fire with passive range of motion but if the muscle is loaded in physical activity, pain and weakness ensue. Once the inhibited muscle is defined, stimulation of eight separate relex centers and adjustment of three spinal segments, re-activates proper neurological function of that muscle. This re-establishes pain free function and once reactivated, it is now prepared to respond to strengthening exercises. Muscles give the body support and create movement. If the muscles are not supporting and moving the body properly then the body will break down over time. AMIT restores proper muscle function so the body can have the support that it needs to heal, and then to perform optimally.

AMIT utilizes traditional Chiropractic care of the spine to ensure proper central Nervous System Function in addition to restoring proper muscular function. The central nervous system is the foundation of A.M.I.T. It is the addition of the muscle evaluation and reflex work that makes AMIT so unique and effective in creating such incredible and lasting changes for people. The AMIT system is only performed by a handful of dedicated chiropractors in the United States.

read more about Dr. Buhler here,