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By Dr. Mercola

The chiropractic profession contains some of the most profoundly innovative physicians that I am aware of, and Dr. Craig Buhler is one of them. His work focuses on the interrelationships between muscle function, range of motion, and restriction that contributes to pain. In 2002, he established the Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT) in a clinic in Utah, where I’ve seen him as a patient.

One of the reasons that motivated me to see him is his phenomenal success in treating world-class professional and Olympic athletes, and helping them improve their performance.

I first became aware of Dr. Buhler’s work through Jeff Hays, the producer of the film Doctored, which was recently released. Dr. Buhler and I are both featured in the film but he was actually one of the major inspirations for the film.

Dr. Buhler was the chiropractic physician for the professional basketball team Utah Jazz for 26 years. And as a result of his techniques, the team had the lowest player missed games due to injury (PMGI) rate in the NBA — 61 player-missed games due to injury within a 20-year long span, compared to the league average of 171 in the same timeframe.

“‘Then, between 2001 and 2006 when I stopped having access to the players, we had the most rapid increase in PMGI rates in the league in the 25-year period,’ he says. ‘It validates what happens when you use the technique that I’ve developed and integrate it with good quality medical and training care.'”

As someone who is passionate about exercise, I’m particularly excited about Dr. Buhler’s methods, because, invariably, when you participate in an aggressive exercise program you’re bound to become injured at some point. Injuries and resulting chronic pain is also what typically ends a professional athlete’s career, and it can certainly put a damper on anyone’s quality of life.

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