Key Features

  • Clear writing style, excellent organisation and the effective use of line drawings, photographs and tables make learning easy
  • Explains the causes of oedema and its subsequent physiological pathway, including the role of the excretory organs in its dissipation
  • Uniquely explores the importance of the deep lymphatic and venous systems in the context of treating lymph disorders via physical methods
  • Explores the treatment of oedema arising from deep venous and myofascial obstruction
  • Demonstrates how enhanced lymphatic flow may improve pharmacokinetic activity
  • Presents a philosophy of ‘gentleness’ which emphasises patient centred individual and holistic care
  • Designed to enhance clinical decision making and technical skills which will allow the practitioner to develop an effective and safe treatment approach
  • Ideal for experienced practitioners as well as those taking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in manual and related therapies

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Vasomotion, vasomotricity and cell tissue respiration

Chapter 2 Connective tissue and body fluids

Chapter 3 Biomechanics and rheology of human tissue

Chapter 4 The diaphragms

Chapter 5 Rhythms

Chapter 6 The immune system

Chapter 7 The lymphatic system

Chapter 8 Examination and treatment of the diaphragm

Chapter 9 Treating the venous, lymphatic and intraosseous fluid system

Chapter 10 General compression and traction techniques and intraosseous treatment techniques for perfusion

Chapter 11 Examination and treatment of the spleen

Chapter 12 Examination and treatment of the liver and gallbladder

Chapter 13 Examination and treatment of the kidneys and ureters

Chapter 14 Examination and treatment of the abdominal mesenteries and abdominal organs


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Churchill Livingstone
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About the author

Guido Meert

Guido F. Meert (physiotherapist and osteopath) is currently working in practice in Roding, Bavaria, Germany. Guido is also a lecturer and Director in charge of osteopathy at the Deutsche Fortbildungsinstitut für Osteopathie (DFO, training institute in osteopathy for practitioners in medicine, physiotherapy, massage and CAM manual therapies). Guido is the author of an osteopathy book published in German on the pelvis, ‘Das Becken aus osteopathischer Sicht’ (Elsevier, Urban & Fischer 2006) and on venolymphatic craniosacral osteopathy, 'Venolymphatische kraniosakrale Osteopathie' (Elsevier, Urban & Fischer 2012).

Affiliations and Expertise

Director in charge of Osteopathy and Lecturer at the DFO (Deutsches Fortbildungsinstitut für Osteopathie), Neutraubling (Regensburg), Waldenburg und Plauen; and practising Osteopath - Physiotherapist, Roding, Germany