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Dr. Alan G. Beardall was born September 7, 1938 and his untimely death occurred December 1, 1987 in an automobile accident while teaching a seminar in England. He was one of the original Diplomats in the International College of Applied Kinesiology. Alan was a nationally ranked distance runner and never missed a day 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.
Alan 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 book editors desire to simplify anatomy. In addition, he discovered 8 different reflex systems related to each of the 310 muscles. This revolutionized human performance analysis and treatment. Alan repeatedly stated
“you should never have to treat the same muscle twice. If you found the same problem recurring, you have missed something and need to dig deeper into the bodies systems for the answer as to why your treatment did not hold.”
Alan was never satisfied until he had figured out the cause of a patient’s condition and the best way to correct it. This led him to study of every technique he could in the healing arts. He had the uncanny ability to pull the truth out of a technique and discard the chaff. He was an intuitive genius who seemed to have a connection with a higher source that led and taught him based on the questions he was asking. He would have a difficult patient that had him stumped as to what to do next. He would sit in his den late at night while his family slept, pouring over volumes of journals and books looking for an answer. By the patient’s next visit, Alan was ready to work through his new discoveries to see if the patient would respond in a positive way.
The body was his laboratory and teacher. He was always in awe of the beauty of how wondrous the body was put together and how it could display its truths if asked the right questions. His questions were posed by challenging muscle functions, defining range of motion restrictions and evaluating the details of a patient’s symptoms. This became what is call the “biological languaging system” used in the A.M.I.T. model. Over the course of the years, problems that had 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 as all other challenges that he faced.
Through it all, CK became the base on which AMIT was developed. Alan has been greatly missed yet his passing opened the opportunity for others to grow and develop as we followed in his footsteps. Thank you Alan.