Welcome

Welcome to Advanced Muscle Integration Techniques. We value our patient's optimal function goals and general well being. Treating every patient like a million dollar athlete, we invite you to learn more about our doctors and common questions.

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Meet the Team

Chiropractic Physicians

Dr. CRAIG F. BUHLER, D.C.

Dr. Buhler received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1978 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland Oregon. While attending Chiropractic College he had the opportunity to work and study with the late Dr. Alan Beardall during the development of what became known as Clinical Kinesiology.

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Dr. Craig Buhler

Dr. Craig Buhler

Dr. Buhler received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1978 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland Oregon. While attending Chiropractic College he had the opportunity to work and study with the late Dr. Alan Beardall during the development of what became known as Clinical Kinesiology.

After graduation Dr. Buhler completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Utah school of Medicine in the physiology department focusing on the conditions of motor physiology.

Dr. Buhler served as the team sports chiropractor for the Utah Jazz Basketball for 25 years. In addition to being on the medical team of the Jazz he has a successful practice in Utah for 35 years. In June of 2002 he established the AMIT Clinic in Kaysville, Utah.

During his tenure with the Utah Jazz he was instrumental in creating the lowest "Player Missed Games due to Injury Rate" of any team in the NBA for 26 years. Establishing the effectiveness of the AMIT body of work.

This work has been validated at the elite level of athletics over the course of his 33 years career. He has treated world class and elite athletes as well as the general public who testify of his special ability to assist them in improved performance and wellness. Traveling with five patients to the 2010 Vancouver winter games, two of them won medals one Bronze and one Gold Medal.

Speaking nationally and internationally, Dr. Buhler patients travel from all over the world to experience the healing benefits of this transformational work. Please refer to seminars for more information about becoming an AMIT practitioner. Or AMIT Affiliate?

Dr. Buhler enjoys spending time with his six daughters, skiing and riding horses. His passion is assisting young athletes in reaching their full potential and finding their dreams come true.

Achievements

  • Graduated Viewmont High School- 1967 Honors in Track & Field, Speech & Debate
  • Served in the United States Air Forces Reserves, six years, Staff Sergeant
  • Attended Weber State College- 1967-1968
  • Attended University of Utah – 1969-1972 on Athletic Scholarship Honors in Track & Field
  • Opened Buhler Athletic Injuries Clinic 1979 with emphasis on athletic injuries and family practice

Chiropractic School

  • Western State Chiropractic College 1974-1978

Internship

  • Dr. Alan Beardall, Clinical Kinesiology 1976-1978
  • Dr. Robert Shelton, Roseburg, Oregon 1978-1979

Fellowship

  • Research Assistant University of Utah Dept. of Physiology 1989
  • Research Fellowship University of Utah Medical School Department of Physiology 1990-1992 Focus of Motor physiology
  • Research Associate, University of Utah Medical School Dept of Physiology 1992-1994

Board Certification

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Expertise

  • Sports Conditions
  • High performance athletic assessment and accelerated healing
  • Predictive & preventative Clinical Kinesiology
  • Advanced Muscle Integration Technique
  • General family care

Professional/Academic Appointments

  • Appointed team sports chiropractor for the NBA Utah Jazz 1980 to 2003 -- Emphasis rapid healing and injury prevention
  • Columnist Desert News, Salt Lake City 1981-Atheltic Injuries
  • Guest lecturer, Rocky Mountain Revue Sports Medicine Conference 1996
  • Guest physician 2002 Swimming Trials, Long Beach CA
  • Guest lecturer 2009 Northwest Symposium
  • Elected Utah State Delegate to the American Chiropractic Association 2005 thru present
  • Provider to US Ski Team

Consultant To

  • Denver Broncos 1998, 1999 Super Bowl seasons
  • US Skiers 2002- present
  • US Speed Skaters- present
  • Australian Snowboarders 2002- present
  • US Swimmers 2002
  • Stanford University Women Swim Team 2002
  • Professional Golfers
  • Utah Jazz 2005-2007

Presentations & Instructional Courses

  1. Lecturer 1986 Snowbird Ski Racing Clinic Alta, Utah: "Athletic Profiling Using Manual Muscle Testing"
  2. Featured, The American Chiropractor Magazine, June 1988
  3. Lecturer Parker Resource Foundation 1988-1989, Objective muscle testing to evaluate the effectiveness of spinal manipulation using the Hoggan FET system.
  4. Lecturer Rocky Mountain Revue Sports Medicine Conference 1996
  5. Salt Lake City: " The Role of Chiropractor for Professional Athletes"
  6. Guest Lecturer Winter 2000 ICAK Symposium, St. Louis: "Knee Pain"
  7. Guest Lecturer Parker College of Chiropractic Dallas, Texas, Feb.2001: "Muscle Function Testing as it Relates to Joint Fixation"
  8. Team Teacher Parker Resource Foundation: "Athletic Injuries Assessment"
  9. Co-presenter of Muscle Activation Techniques Salt Lake City, March 1-3 2001: "Sports Chiropractic Approach to Functional Kinesiology"
  10. Featured in Men's Journal Magazine, July, 2003
  11. Clinical Kinesiology Seminar Park City Nov. 2003: "Muscle Testing and Therapeutics"
  12. Presenter Parker Resource Foundation, Las Vegas January 2004: "Congruency in Healing"
  13. AMIT Lower Leg Semiar, Dallas, Texas 2007: "Evaluation & Correction of Shin Splints, Osgoods-Schlatter Disease, Achilles Tendonitis, Sub-Patellar Bursitis/Tendonitis, Illiotibial Band Syndrome and Sprained Ankle."
  14. AMIT Seminar, Chicago, Ill. 2008 " Evaluation and Treatment of Conditions of the Lower Extremities".
  15. AMIT Seminar, Chicago, Ill 2008 "Evaluation and Treatment of Conditions of the Low Back".
  16. AMIT certification program 2009 founder & instructor.

Awards & Publications

CHP Meritorious Service Award

Publications

  1. Society for Neuroscience, Volume 22, 1996, P.R. Burgess*, C.F. Buhler, T.A.Cooper and L.F. Jones. Dept. Physiol., Univ. Utah Sch. Med., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108: "The Relative Importance Of Open-Loop and Error Driven Mechanisms In Human Load Handling"
  2. D.C. Tracts, summer 1997, "Objective Neuro-proprioceptive Muscle Testing to define Subluxations and the Affect of Chiropractic Adjustments on Aberrant Motor Function"
  3. Somatosensory & Motor Research, Issue 4, vol. 19, 327-340, 2002 Burgess, P.R., Jones, L.F., Buhler, C.F., Dewald, P.A., Zhang, L.-Q. and Rymer, W.Z.: "Muscular torque generation during imposed joint rotation: torque-angle relationships when subjects' only goal is to make a constant effort"
  4. Buhler, C.F., Burgess, P.R. "Changes in Motor Function During Nutritional Testing". Journal of Scientific Exploration

Research in Progress

  1. "Toggle-Recoil Adjustment of the Atlas: Evidence for Decompression of Descending Motor Pathways at the Spino-Medullary Junction"
  2. NBA "Play Missed games due to Injury" study

Research Interest

  1. Articular neurology and tissue proprioception.
  2. Predictive and functional medicine.
  3. Accelerated healing strategies.
  4. Proprioceptive inhibition: predisposition to injury, poor surgical and rehabilitation outcomes.
  5. Evidenced based practices.
  6. Developing a scientific evidenced based multi-disciplinary team of physicians committed to integration of disciplines.

Developments

INSTRUMENTATION DEVELOPED:

  1. Originator and developer of the Muscle Response Tester, a pnuemoelectronic instrument for quantifying muscle response during manual muscle testing.
  2. Co-developer of the Hoggan FET system software program for athletic profiling.
  3. Co-developer of the Neuro-Pro Tester, Quest Medical

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:

Developer of AMIT Advanced Muscle Integration Technique. An integrative biomechanical and neuro-proprioceptive approach to human performance analysis and treatment, which accelerates healing and maximizes function and human performance.

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT:

DVD training and instructional series on evaluation and treatment of Shin Splints, Osgood-Schlatter disease, Achilles Tendonitis, Patellar Tendonitis, Sub-Patellar Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome & Sprained Ankle.

NeuroPro Muscle Tester, a wireless computerized system for the objective measurement of neuro-proprioceptive muscle response testing and data acquisition.

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Dr. Travis Thyfault, D.C.

Dr. Thyfault received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2010 from Western States Chiropractic College Portland, Oregon. While in College he had the opportunity to work with the wonderful people of Portland in the on-campus and off-campus health facilities, where he began perfecting his trade and gained a greater knowledge of the importance of chiropractic.

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Travis Thyfault

Travis J. Thyfault, D.C.

Dr. Thyfault received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2010 from Western States Chiropractic College Portland, Oregon. While in College he had the opportunity to work with the wonderful people of Portland in the on-campus and off-campus health facilities, where he began perfecting his trade and gained a greater knowledge of the importance of chiropractic.

His senior year of chiropractic school, he had the opportunity to fly to Utah where he completed an internship program with Dr. Craig Buhler, where he was introduced to the AMIT method of treating patients. Interning he learned firsthand how the body reacts to stress and trauma, furthering his ability to treat conditions such as: sprained ankles, sciatica, low back pain, shoulder issues and more.

Since February of 2012, Dr. Thyfault has been working and studying at the Buhler Athletic Injuries and Human Performance Clinic. At the clinic he has had the opportunity to work with patients from all over the world. Dr. Thyfault has a passion for helping all with their health goals and is dedicated to continued education to better serve his patients.

Dr. Thyfault is a family man, married to a beautiful woman and is blessed with four amazing children. His greatest joy is spending time with his wife and family. Dr. Thyfault enjoys the great outdoors, mountain biking, golfing, disc golf, horse shoes, football, rugby, baseball, softball, coaching sports and racing RC cars.

Achievements

  • Eagle Scout - 1996
  • Graduated Bonneville High School - 1997
  • Married - 2001
  • Graduated Weber State University - 2007 Associate of Science degree
  • Graduated University Of Western States - 2009 Bachelor of Science/Human Biology
  • Internship - Dr. Buhler, AMIT 2010
  • Graduated University Of Western States - 2010 Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Opened Up N' Moving Chiropractic - 2012
  • AMIT Certified - 2012

Training and Certifications

  • Graston 1 classes and certification - 2009
  • CPR/AED training and certification - 2011
  • AMIT Seminars and Certification - 2012-2013
  • Continued education, correcting syndromes with diet, chemical and structure by Dr. Dan Murphy - 2012
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers - 2013

Volunteer

2 year volunteer mission- Denmark 1998-2000

Donated time and services for UWS free Chiropractic clinic downtown Portland Oregon for the low income and homeless families - 2010

Reading List

  • Deep Nutrition, Catherine Shanahan MD
  • Apple Cider Vinegar, Paul Bragg N.D., Ph.D. and Patricia Bragg N.D., Ph.D.
  • Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
  • The Five Love languages: the Secret to love that lasts. Gary Chapman

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Therapists

Cindy Murphy

Cindy received her masters degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 from The College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to her masters degree, she attended the University of Colorado, completing her undergraduate work in Kinesiology. She was a scholarship athlete in Boulder's Heptathalon, a series of several track and field events.

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Cindy Murphy

Cindy Murphy

Cindy received her masters degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 from The College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to her masters degree, she attended the University of Colorado, completing her undergraduate work in Kinesiology. She was a scholarship athlete in Boulder's Heptathalon, a series of several track and field events.

Cindy has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy in SLC for the past 17 years. She specializes in pre and post surgical knees, hips, and shoulders, as well as conservative care for orthopedic injuries.

Currently she resides in SLC with her husband. They love to bike, travel, and spend time outdoors. They have three children who are grown and exploring the adventures of life.

Published Research

Electromyographic analysis of the rotator cuff in postoperative shoulder patients during passive rehabilitation exercises. J Shoulder Elbow Surg (2013) 22, 102-107.

Professional volunteer activities:

  • 2002 Winter Olympics medical volunteer for the speed and figure skaters
  • PT at the 4th Street Homeless Clinic
  • the Special Olympics
  • Ice Sledge World Championships
  • Figure Skating World Championships.

Presentations

Presented at multiple regional and national conferences.

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Agueda Skinner

Agueda received her master's degree of Social Work in 2004, from the University of Utah. Prior to her master's degree, she also attended the University of Utah completing her undergraduate work in Transpersonal Therapy.

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Agueda Skinner

Agueda Skinner

Agueda received her master's degree of Social Work in 2004, from the University of Utah. Prior to her master's degree, she also attended the University of Utah completing her undergraduate work in Transpersonal Therapy.

Agueda has been practicing as a clinical therapist in Salt Lake City for the past nine years, specializing in transpersonal therapy. Her education and practice has been focused on achieving and maintaining holistic balance and health. Agueda has been providing individuals with the tools necessary to realize and achieve their potential, assisting in healing emotional injuries that interfere with self actualization, fulfillment, and ultimate health.

Agueda enjoys spending time with her husband and four daughters, wake boarding, boating and being outdoors. Her passion is to assist individuals in reaching new levels of excellence.

Volunteer and Community Involvement:

  • Hawkwatch International- Funding research
  • Zen Center – Events, conservation
  • Salt Lake Community College- Eating Disorder Prevention Week 2003
  • Mental Health Association in Utah- Suicide Prevention Walk- 2003
  • Child Care Licensing Committee of the State of Utah Member
  • Tree Utah- Urban Planting

Additional Training and Education

  • NLP Practitioner - Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Family Teaching Model
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Equine Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Tao Te Ching

Professional Experience

  • University of Utah- Clinical Care Coordinator
  • Intermountain Health Care- Case Manager
  • University of Utah EAP Therapist
  • Utah Youth Village- Therapist
  • Primary Children's Medical Center – Crisis intervention

Services

Individual, family, and couple's therapy.

Assisting high functioning individuals with:

  • Life coaching for excellency
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life changes
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Parenting skills
  • Team building strategies- Equine therapy

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Meet the Staff

Welcome, from the staff Dr. Craig Buhler and associates. We look forward to meeting new patients and returning patients. Our goal is to facilitate the best experience at our office and aid in optimizing patients overall wellness goals. We care about our doctors, patients, their wellness goals, and having a positive overall experience.

Currently our site is under improvement efforts. Please contact the office with any questions concerning appointments or information about AMIT. We are happy to address any and all questions regarding AMIT and seminars. Please read the common questions and answers tab for basic general information about what to expect.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us.

Sincerely,

AMIT Staff

Common Questions and Answers

1. WHAT IS AMIT?

Advanced Muscle Integration Technique is a system treatment of common joint and muscle conditions experienced by active people. AMIT is a revolutionary paradigm in sports medicine.

2. HOW?

Seventeen different disciplines are integrated within the alternative healing arts.

3. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

Complete pain free function. This system not only diagnoses the condition, but also determines the reason for the pain. The root cause is corrected rather than only treating the symptoms.

Pain is one way the body communicates with intelligence. Intelligence will always guide to the root of all imbalances within the body.

4. HOW CAN INJURIES BE PREVENTED?

This system allows for injuries to be predicted and prevented by defining vulnerabilities through a systems guided approach to assessment, diagnosis and therapy of the most common orthopedic conditions experienced by active people.

5. WHAT IS THE PRIMARY BASE OF THE TREATMENTS?

Pain is the bodies "communication system" and is an indication something may be wrong. We discovered years ago the primary cause of joint and muscle pain is the result of muscles that have been injured in some way. When a muscle is injured, the nerve centers where the muscle attaches to the bone inhibit the muscle to protect it from major damage. The muscle will still contract during motion, but if the muscle is stressed it will give way due to the pain response at these nerve centers.

Other muscles have to adapt to take over the loss of muscle function. At the unconscious level the body avoids using the injured muscle and our pain goes away. As time passes more and more muscles become injured and inhibited. Eventually the ability to adapt from muscles that do not work efficiently is lost and chronic pain occurs.

6. WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATED?

Acute and chronic conditions such as: patellar tendonitis and other knee problems, shin splints, illiotibial band (IT) syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shoulder conditions including frozen shoulder syndrome, conditions of the spine including sciatica, headaches including migraines, sinus problems, concussions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, reflux, ankle sprains, hip conditions, whiplash, systemic conditions, and all athletic injuries.

7. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF INHIBITED MUSCLES SEEN IN PATIENTS?

By the time people come in for treatment they have accumulated a lifetime of imbalances. The majority enters the office with 40 to 50 muscle systems affected.

Many muscles are inhibited because the anchor muscles have become inhibited. Once the anchor muscle is treated, many inhibited muscles begin to work again without being treated. This decreases the number of office visits required.

8. WHAT ARE COST OF TREATMENTS?

Chiropractic spinal manipulation $45.00
AMIT Treatment $55.00
General Exam $165.00
Extensive Exam $250.00
Cranial Nasal Specific $165.00
Executive Package $500.00

9. HOW LONG DOES EACH APPOINTMENT TAKE?

Office calls are based on ten-minute time units. We schedule 1 unit (10 minutes) for each muscle.

10. WHAT DO I WEAR TO AN APPOINTMENT?

Due to the amount of bodywork, loose fitting and comfortable clothing is recommended. Levis and dresses make it difficult for us to treat comfortably.

11. WHAT IS EXECUTIVE PACKAGE?

Many patients fly in from other states and countries for care. Treatment plans usually require patients to come to the clinic two to three times a week for several weeks. Due to long distance travel, it can be difficult to meet this requirement. An hourly after hour visit is offered consisting of concentrated treatment to facilitate the necessary changes. For this service, the charge is $500.00 per hour. This saves time and travel costs for these individuals.

12. IS INSURANCE ACCEPTED?

Unfortunately, in most cases, insurance will only pay for crisis care and disease management.

13. WHAT ARE POST TREAMENT GUIDELINES?

Due to restructuring the function of the body, it is recommended that patients do not participate in aggressive athletic activities. As treatment therapy progresses, targeted exercises will be prescribed to assist in rehabilitating the muscles optimal function. Once stability is created, regular athletic activities can begin.

14. CAN INFANTS BE TREATED?

Yes. The birth process can be traumatic to an infant's spine. Spinal stress leaves many infants with colic, fail to thrive, slow development, and difficulty sleeping at night. The only way a baby has to tell you they do not feel good is to cry. It has been our experience that infants respond rapidly to our care once the source of their discomfort is removed.

15. ARE MEDICARE PATIENTS TREATED?

No. Medicare is geared to crisis care and does not pay for the type of treatments we deliver. It can take months of regular care to help turn a life time of health issues around and Medicare is not designed to pay for this type of concentrated care. A list of practitioners who do treat Medicare patients is provided on the website.

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