Table of Contents

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Chapters and Special Topics

Chapter 1 Objective: palpatory literacy

Leon Chaitow

Special Topic I Using appropriate pressure (and the MPI)

Chapter 2 Palpation reliability and validity

Michael Seffinger

Chapter 3 Fundamentals of palpation

Leon Chaitow

Special Topic 3 Visual assessment, the dominant eye, and other issues

Chapter 4 Palpating and Assessing the skin

Leon Chaitow

Chapter 5 Palpating for changes in muscle structure

Leon Chaitow

Special Topic 5 The morphology of reflex and acupuncture points

Chapter 6 Fascial palpation

Thomas W. Myers

Chapter 7 Assessment of ‘abnormal mechanical tension’ in the nervous system

Leon Chaitow

Special Topic 7 Assessing dural restriction

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

Leon Chaitow

Special Topic 8 Percussion palpation

Chapter 9 Accurately identifying musculoskeletal dysfunction

Whitney Lowe

Special Topic 9 Joint play/‘end feel’/range of motion: what are they?

Chapter 10 Visceral palpation and respiratory function assessment

Leon Chaitow

Chapter 11 Introduction to functional palpation

Leon Chaitow

Special Topic 11 About hyperventilation

Chapter 12 Understanding and using intuitive faculties

Sasha Chaitow


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About the author

Leon Chaitow

Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.