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Developed in the late ’70s by French osteopath Paul Chauffour, Mechanical Link is a gentle manual therapy that encourages the balance of tensions in the fascial system—that complex web of tissue that interconnects and affects all other body systems. It spreads throughout the body uninterrupted, providing physical stability while also allowing flexibility and mobility. Based on the principle that traumatic stress affects the interconnecting tissues of the body by forming patterns of tension called lesions, Mechanical Link therapy has successfully treated fibromyalgia, migraines, asthma, and other conditions. Extremely popular in Europe, it is rapidly gaining adherents in North America. This book, complete with 44 black-and-white photographs and 20 color illustrations, is a comprehensive manual for diagnosing and treating patients.
Mechanical Link therapy is guided by the body’s own wisdom about its unique needs. The work stimulates to the body’s self-corrective responses, promoting normal mobility, tissue tone and posture. Mechanical Link brings tension into equilibrium and allows the body to return to optimal functioning ability, so all its systems can improve—including the immune system.
Mechanical Link helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including:
•Chronic Neck and Back Pain
•Central Nervous System
•Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
•Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Paul Chauffour, D.O., adjunct director of the International College of Osteopathy at St. Etienne, France, is one of the most influential and renowned osteopaths in Europe. He is a pioneer in the field of Mechanical Link, and the author of two books: Osteopathy of the Inferior Limbs and The Osteopathic Mechanical Link. In addition, he has taught at the European School of Osteopathy at Maidstone, England, and at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris North, Department of Osteopathy and Manual Medicine in Paris, France.
"The evaluation and treatment approach presented in Mechanical Link brings any professional using manual techniques into the twenty-first century. Paul Chauffour presents a unique process of evaluating the complex connective tissue system of the entire body. The expertise of Chauffour and the knowledge within these chapters will provide you with the procedures you are looking for to enhance medicine—functional medicine."
—Gail Wetzler, R.P.T.C.V.M.I., Director of The Upledger Institute’s Visceral Manipulation Program
"It is almost every healthcare professional’s first instinct to treat the patient’s symptoms locally, at the site of the pain. Mechanical Link helps identifiy the source of the dysfunction creating the pain. Paul Chauffour has created this evaluation and treatment procedure to save the practitioner time and improve the efficiency of the treatment. He is a pioneer who has rewritten the art of manual diagnosis. This technique should be taught to every practitioner in the country."
—Kerry D’Ambrogio, D.O.M., P.T., Board Certified Acupuncture Physician and Physical Therapist