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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. Skilful 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.

Chapter 1. Objective: Palpatory literacy Leon Chaitow

Chapter 2. Palpation reliability and validity Michael Seffinger

Chapter 3. Fundamentals of palpation Leon Chaitow

Chapter 4. Palpating and assessing the skin Leon Chaitow

Chapter 5. Palpating for changes in muscle structure Leon Chaitow

Chapter 6. Fascial palpation Thomas W. Myers and Leon Chaitow

Chapter 7. Assessment of abnormal mechanical tension in the nervous system Leon Chaitow

Chapter 8. Palpation and assessment of joints (including spine and pelvis) Leon Chaitow

Chapter 9.   Accurately identifying musculoskeletal dysfunction Whitney Lowe

Chapter 10 – Evaluating movement Warrick McNeill and Sarah Mottram

Chapter 11. Palpating for functional ‘ease’ Leon Chaitow

Chapter 12 – Visceral palpation and respiratory function assessment Leon Chaitow

Chapter 13 – Understanding and using intuitive faculties Sasha Chaitow

Chapter 14 – Subtle palpation Leon Chaitow

Chapter 15 – Palpation and emotional states Leon Chaitow


Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-34-6
Edition No 4
Pages 400
Illustrations 170 colour drawings and photographs
Dimensions 246 X 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 31 January 2017

Author biography

Leon Chaitow (d. 2018) was well-known internationally as the author of over 60 books on natural heath and complementary medicine. He wrote 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 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 was the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He also acted as mentor, friend and advisor to many individuals at different stages of their career development in many fields of manual therapy always giving encouragement as well as wise and gentle criticism when appropriate. Leon Chaitow sadly died just a few weeks before the publication of the second edition of his book Fascial Dysfunction. Despite his serious ill-health during much of that year he continued to fulfil his writing obligations and only a couple of days before he died he approved the cover for the new edition. Born in South Africa, Leon 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. From 1983 he held posts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia as visiting lecturer to colleges, schools and professional organizations of chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy and naturopathy. His writing was always undertaken in the peace and beauty of his home in Corfu.

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