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I grew up in Switzerland. My early professional studies focused on the insurance industry. Due to lifelong struggles with the movement apparatus, I gravitated towards learning alternative healing methods to alleviate pain. I came to the US to first study bodywork in general and then chiropractic. I developed a deep appreciation for both the muscular and skeletal systems.
During and after my training, I first interned and then associated with Dr. Abby Irwin (Team chiropractor of the US Women’s Rugby Team & chiropractor at the ’96 Atlanta and ’02 Salt Lake City Olympic games) as well as Dr. William Ruch (author of ‘Atlas of Common Subluxations of the Human Spine and Pelvis’).
In 2004, I joined the main local medical group that has now morphed into Sutter Health, which is currently one of the largest medical networks in the US. I designed their early back health education program for them. Together with a physical therapist, we combined a theoretical lecture with individualized screening evaluation and exercise instructions. If you’re interested in the details, here are some links:)
Back Pain Lecture
Science of Low Back Pain
Proposal for a rational, integrated treatment approach to low back pain
2005 I started teaching anatomy & physiology at Merritt, one of our local community colleges. This let me deepen and anchor my anatomy knowledge. In the process, I’ve written my own applied anatomy textbook and put the course fully online. So, if you’re ever interested, contact me:)
Along the way in 2007, retired football great and 4-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski became my patient. He is known throughout the league for his stellar work and training ethic and holds the league record of having played 17 ½ years straight without ever missing a game. His experience of having tried every sensible treatment he could find to keep his body and performance top-notch became my teaching guide.
In 2014 I furthered my studies with a diplomate training level course series in the AMIT method (Advanced Muscle Integration Technique), which is one of the few techniques focusing on improving muscle function by increasing their activity rather than reducing spasms or adhesions. Because this helps keep muscle tissue ‘young’ so to speak, athletes as well as active people perform at a higher level with less risk of injury.
Besides athlete’s testimonials, what convinced me to study the AMIT method is the fact that the Utah Jazz Basketball team performed with 60% fewer injuries than the leagues average over a 25-year span during which the players received the work delivered by my own teacher Dr. Craig Buhler.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve been very grateful to have been able to learn many different bodywork & chiropractic techniques. Being allowed to help patients from many walks of life and with many different ailments humbles me every time I think about it.
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Dr. Christoph Muehlinghaus, DC