Dr. Alan G. Beardall was born on September 7, 1938, and his untimely death occurred on December 1, 1987, in an automobile accident. He was one of the original Diplomats in the International College of Applied Kinesiology and was the genius behind the AMIT method.
“You should never have to treat the same muscle twice,” he would teach. “If you found the same problem recurring, you have missed something and need to dig deeper into the body’s systems for the answer as to why your treatment did not hold.” -Dr. Alan Beardall
The body was Dr. Beardall’s laboratory and teacher. He was always in awe of how wondrous the body was, how it could display truths if asked the right questions. He posed questions by challenging muscle function conditions, defining the range of motion restrictions, and evaluating the details of a patient’s symptoms. This became the “biological language system” used in the AMIT model.
Dr. Beardall was a nationally ranked distance runner and never missed a day of running the roads. Because of his involvement in running, he drew many of the nation’s elite runners to his office in Lake Oswego, Oregon. As a result, he was presented with many difficult and chronic athletic injuries.
Dr. Beardall was a perfectionist, which was the driving force that led him to never be satisfied with anything less than maximum function and pain-free performance in his patients. He worked tirelessly for years defining and refining the work that became known as Clinical Kinesiology or CK. CK is a system that enables physicians the ability to isolate and test 310 unilateral muscles in the body for function. He expanded our understanding of anatomy by re-discovering the anatomical divisions of muscles that were lost in anatomy books by editors’ desire to simplify anatomy. In addition, he discovered systems related to each of the 310 muscles. This revolutionized human performance analysis and treatment.
Never satisfied until he figured out the cause of a patient’s condition, Dr. Beardall studied every technique he could in the healing arts. He had the uncanny ability to see the truth. An intuitive genius, his connection with a higher source seemed to lead and teach him based on the questions he was asking. If he had a difficult patient that had him stumped, he would pour over volumes of journals while his family slept, searching for answers. By the patient’s next visit, Dr. Beardall was ready to work through his new discoveries to see if the patient would respond in a positive way.
Over the course of several years, problems that once stifled him became easy to correct. As each new challenge presented itself in his clinic, he faced it with the same drive to understand and succeed. In April 1982 Beardall published the first of a series of Clinical Kinesiology manuals with all the reflex points and muscle tests for each of the muscle divisions. He held his first seminar in Bandera, Texas on muscles of the temporomandibular joint.
Through it all, CK became the base on which AMIT was developed. Dr. Beardall has been greatly missed yet his passing opened the opportunity for others to grow and develop as we followed in his footsteps.
The AMIT method was developed using Alan’s work with the Utah Jazz basketball team over a 26 year period. The challenges of professional basketball injuries put the work to the ultimate test. Through the process, new insights developed in how to process acute injuries. Acute injuries it turned out seemed easy to fix. The challenge was in the process of chronic injuries. The research we did at the University of Utah medical school physiology and dissection labs revealed new insights as to how the muscles and connective tissue related to each other. These insights lead to the understanding of how to correct chronic conditions that were so hard to resolve.
The results were not only the rapid correction of acute injuries and the removal of long-standing chronic conditions but the improved athletic performance and low injury rates. The AMIT method with its genesis in Clinical Kinesiology is quickly becoming the standard of care for athletic injuries and human performance improvement and will revolutionize how we approach sports medicine and sports chiropractic.
Thank you, Alan.