Palpation and Assessment in Manual Therapy

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Palpation and Assessment in Manual Therapy: Learning the art and refining your skills
by Leon Chaitow with contributions from Tom Myers and others

As the title suggests, this book has been written to assist manual therapists to understand and hone the palpatory skills which are essential to their effectiveness as practitioners. Skillful palpation is the foundation stone of all effective manual therapy assessments and treatments. The ability to use subtle and sensitive touch to examine and assess patients is essential for an accurate interpretation of the underlying problems of fascial and muscle function. The accurate interpretation of palpatory findings is difficult and comes with experience. This book aims to increase awareness of how to palpate and understanding of what is being felt.

In this fourth edition of his now well-established and much loved book Leon Chaitow has introduced references to the latest research findings relating to fascia and its role in health and disease, so that practitioners can apply this knowledge in interpreting what they palpate. In addition to the author, six notable contributors from Europe and North America enhance the work’s range and authority.

All manual therapists, whatever their professional background, will benefit from the wealth of experience- and research-based information presented in this book.

Paperback, 400 pages. Handspring Publishing; 4th Edition (January 2017)

Leon Chaitow is well-known internationally as the author of over 60 books on natural heath and complementary medicine.   He has written authoritatively at many levels: from easy to understand guides for the general public on health issues and treatment approaches to detailed, well-referenced texts for health care students and practitioners and their clients.  He has also co-edited and contributed to numerous other important publications in the field of fascial dysfunction and its treatment, notably as co-editor of Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body edited by Robert Schleip et al. Apart from his books Leon is the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Born in South Africa he moved to the UK in 1956 where he studied osteopathy and naturopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1960.  He went on to study acupuncture in the 1960s and then cranial osteopathy (1969-78) and orthomolecular nutrition (1970-73). Leon Chaitow was the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed to a UK medical practice (Marylebone Health Centre, London) an appointment which he held from 1993 to 2009.  In 1993 he was appointed Senior Lecturer, Module leader and member of the course design team at the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster.

Since 1983 he has held posts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia as visiting lecturer to colleges, schools and professional organizations of chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy and naturopathy.  He continues to travel to teach around the world while maintaining his private practice in London. His writing is undertaken in the peace and beauty of his home in Corfu.

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