Osteopathic Mechanical Link


- Paul CHAUFFOUR, French osteopath, graduated in 1971 from the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone (ESO), Kent (GB), and initially practiced in Lyon.


  • As early as 1978, he had laid down all the fundamental principles of the Osteopathic Mechanical Link and, since then, has been applying them exclusively in his daily practice.
  • All these principles were presented in 1985 in a first book by Paul CHAUFFOUR and the late Dr Jean Marie GUILLOT, Le Lien Mécanique Ostéopathique, substrat anatomique de  l'homéostasie.
  • Prior to this publication Paul CHAUFFOUR  was already teaching basic osteopathic training at the ESO, the CIDO in Saint Etienne, and he was also teaching physicians at the Bobigny Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris XIII.
  • Conjointly with this publication, Paul chauffour teaches his method to French and foreign osteopaths as part of their postgraduate training.
  • In 1986 Paul CHAUFFOUR who considers that the "periphery is not at the periphery of osteopathy" publishes with late Ange CASTEJON, osteopath: Médecine Ostéopathique, Techniques périphériques, membres inférieurs tome 1.

- In 1990, Eric PRAT, French osteopath who graduated in 1988 from A.T.STILL Académie, Lyon (F), joins Paul CHAUFFOUR. Together, they considerably enhance the diagnostic and treatment method of the Osteopathic Mechanical Link.


The product of their work is published in the United States: Mechanical Link, Fundamental Principles, Theory, and Practice Following an Osteopathic Approach and in 2003 in France: Le Lien Mécanique Ostéopathique, Théorie et pratique.


At the same time, they develop a teaching method and documents which are updated on a regular basis.


In their wake, they are followed by several osteopaths, some of which join the team of presenters.


- With Dr Jacques MICHAUD, osteopathic physician, algologist (pain specialist), who practices in Roche sur Yon, two more books are published; in 2009: Mechanical Link, arteries and autonomic nervous system and, in 2012, Mechanical Link, osteopathic lesions of bone.


- Postgraduate courses are given in France and in several other countries. Teaching as part of the basic training programme is currently being organised in France in certain schools.