- What is the Osteopathic Mechanical Link
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Designed and developed by French osteopath Paul Chauffour, the Osteopathic Mechanical Link is a method of diagnosis and osteopathic treatment.
According to the WHO, "Osteopathy, also called Osteopathic Medicine, relies on manual contact for diagnosis and treatment [...]. It lays emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body and the body's intrinsic tendency for self-healing. One essential component of osteopathic health care is osteopathic manual therapy [...] which refers to an array of techniques [...] that may be combined with other treatments or advice [...]".
In this context, supported by a body of scientific knowledge that is always updated, as well as by 30 years of clinical experience and daily practice, the Osteopathic Mechanical Link proposes an evolution of classical osteopathic practice in the method of diagnosis and treatment. Indeed, to the Osteopathic Mechanical Link, and since its origin, the structural and functional integrity of the body is conditioned by the elasticity of its tissues. The Osteopathic Mechanical Link therefore focuses on first identifying, then treating, the restrictions of elasticity, rather than the restrictions of mobility which are classically used as a diagnostic criterion.
It embodies the great principles of Andrew Taylor STILL, founder of osteopathy,
- the body is a unit,
- structure governs function,
- find the lesion, treat it and leave it alone, ...
The Osteopathic Mechanical Link focuses on exploring and assessing the elasticity of structures other than the ones classically considered for the diagnosis. Structures such as arteries, bones, nerves, which are given great emphasis in STILL's writings, and are studied at length in the theoretical curriculum of osteopathy, are paradoxically mostly ignored in clinical practice.
Like communication networks, these structures travel through all anatomical areas. They thus play an essential role in osteopathy in the mechanical and metabolic balances of the human body.
The innovative investigations of these structures in the Osteopathic Mechanical Link considerably widen the field of osteopathic diagnosis, which is the essential key to efficient and long lasting treatment.
With its specific diagnostic method and its original treatment technique (the recoil), requiring no mobilisation of the structures, the Osteopathic Mechanical Link offers safety in the treatment of the patients, diagnostic precision and efficiency over time.
Osteopathic treatment according to the Osteopathic Mechanical Link method is for patients of all ages, from the newborn to the elderly, as part of preventative care, or for patients presenting different issues, as well as the care of women during pregnancy and after childbirth; of neonates; of children and adolescents; of athletes; of sedentary people... As part of pain management or following strong or intense treatments, the Osteopathic Mechanical Link practitioner may accompany patients suffering from severe illnesses, as a complement to conventional medical treatment.
The Osteopathic Mechanical Link training is intended for students having completed the initial osteopathic training and for professionals that wish to meet continuing education requirements and widen their field of competence.