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Osteopaths: The Philosophy, The Spirit and The Art of Osteopathy

by Anne Canarelli, D.O. (Qc) and Laurent & Lucas Theillet (photographers)

27 world-renown osteopaths tell their story (available in French and English) - please note that this book will be sent directly from the publishers in Canada*

Softback 208 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-2-981587-62-6 £55.00

(CA$64.00 + P&P CA$21.50 to UK & Europe - if outside UK or Europe, please call for a shipping quote)

Publisher: Éditions Anima Mundi - This book is NOT published by Handspring Publishing

This book gives a personal insight into the lives of 27 world-renown osteopaths through interviews and beautiful black and white photographic images. Features osteopaths from Britain, Canada, America and France.

* Please be aware that, in order to keep shipping costs from Canada down, this will be sent via surface mail which takes between 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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All the osteopaths featured in this book are recognised for their personal contribution to the profession. They have introduced osteopathy into their respective countries and have either created or led the schools. They invented techniques or treatment methodologies, and have written major works. They have also taught in several countries and have probably taught in your schools or at your osteopathy symposiums. It is therefore highly probable that you will have encountered many of these highly-respected osteopaths either in person or by repute.

We asked them questions that captivated us and their answers always eloquent, often surprising, and occasionally moving. They spoke to us about themselves; their hopes, their approaches – both osteopathic and human, their lives as men and women of this earth and we were more than charmed. We were enlightened by what they had to say.

Anne Canarelli, D.O. (Quebec) graduated from the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, Canada in 2011, she was awarded the A.T. Still thesis prize for her dissertation: Vitality, modes of expression and mechanisms of production, which explored the motor origins of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM).


Features interviews with:

  • Reuben Bell (USA) 
  • Paul Chauffour (Fr) 
  • Zachary Comeaux (USA) 
  • Bernard Darraillans (Fr) 
  • Philippe Druelle (Fr & Qc) 
  • Bruno Ducoux (Fr) 
  • Colin Dove (GB) 
  • Denyse Dufresne (Qc) 
  • Geneviève Forget (Qc) 
  • Christian Fossum (USA) 
  • Jean-Michel Gallat (Fr) 
  • Nicholas Handoll (GB) 
  • Hollis King (USA) 
  • Denise Laberge (Qc) 
  • Gerald Lamb (GB) 
  • R. Paul Lee (USA)
  • Brad McCutcheon (Ont) 
  • Fred L. Mitchell, Jr. (USA) 
  • Renzo Molinari (Fr) 
  • Serge Paoletti (Fr) 
  • Michael Patterson (USA) 
  • Steve Paulus (USA) 
  • Caroline Penn (GB) 
  • Eric Prat (Fr) 
  • Robert Rousse (Fr & Qc) 
  • Jean-Guy Sicotte (Qc) 
  • Clive Standen (GB)


Anatomy of Potency : Energy Osteopathy and Quantum Physics

by Nicholas Handoll, D.O.

This is the second edition of Anatomy of Potency by Nicholas Handoll. The first edition sold out in 2014 and the second edition has been considerably revised and updated

Hardcover 180 pages                   ISBN: 978-9-511356-5-5 £35.00

(Shipping per book - UK: £4 / Europe : £9, not available outside Europe)

Publisher: Osteopathic Supplies - This book is NOT published by Handspring Publishing

To help further our understanding of cranial osteopathy, Handoll undertakes the challenge of distilling the current knowledge of quantum physics into a digestible form. Within this context he raises and attempts to answer the questions: What is reality? What is sense perception? and How do the two interact? In the same spirit he also addresses many of the seeming incongruities and controversies in osteopathy in the cranial field.

— First edition summary by Rachel Brookes


Reviews from the first edition.

"Nick [Handoll] has given us a seminal text on Osteopathy and the New Physics.

"This is a must read book. It can open and inform the mind of any practitioner with a commitment to the principle of vitalism, whatever their osteopathic persuasion, and invite them to enjoy greater trust in the vast forces that are involved in our interaction with our patients."

Rex Brangwyn, DO, The Osteopath: General Osteopathic Council

"Ostensibly this is a book about osteopathy and the perception and interpretation of reality. More specifically, it is about the “cranial osteopathic concept” in practice and our interpretation of the world.

". . . [Handoll] rightly questions not only our cultural perspectives on the nature of substance, but also questions our theories as osteopaths and tries to provide some answers on the subject of the cranial osteopathic concept itself. This latter is, as most of us in the field know all too well, essential if we are to truly interpret the words and modes expounded by Sutherland, Becker, and all those wise men and women who helped to drive this intriguing part of our osteopathic heritage forward.

". . . The way of our bodies blend with our cosmic environment is most elegantly expressed in the book in a way that provides a therapeutic orientation that potentises the work we do."

Robert Lever, D.O., Osteopathy Today (UK), May 2001



  1. Struggle
  2. Sutherland
  3. The Primary Respiratory Mechanism
  4. Patterns
  5. Dianosis, Prognosis and Treatment
  6. Who Is Looking?
  7. At What Are We Looking?
  8. Of What Is It Made?
  9. And Of What Are They Made?
  10. From Where Did It All Come?
  11. Stranger and Stranger
  12. Curiouser and Curiouser
  13. Another Way Of Looking At It
  14. What Can We Make Of It All?

Appendix A: Motion of the cranial base and vomer

Appendix B: Torsion patterns, sidebending rotation patterns and the face

Appendix C: Shear patterns

End notes


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Finding the Health

by Robert Lever, highly respected osteopath with over forty years' experience in teaching and practice

Paperback 128 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-74-2 £24.95

Robert Lever is now recognised as a deep thinker in the field of osteopathy and has developed an international following since the publication of his first book At the Still Point of the Turning World: The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy. He puts into clear and understandable prose the ideas and feelings that many osteopaths experience but find difficult to express. This book is a companion volume to his previous work and continues his exploration of the art and philosophy of osteopathy.

The art of osteopathy has always been based on a body of anatomical and physiological theory and data but it has recently been expanded in exciting ways involving contemporary thinking in physics and biology that tell us more about disease causation and tissue function. This concise, well organized and highly readable book brings these two fields of thinking together.The art of osteopathy has always been based on a body of anatomical and physiological theory and data but it has recently been expanded in exciting ways involving contemporary thinking in physics and biology that tell us more about disease causation and tissue function. This concise, well organized and highly readable book brings these two fields of thinking together.

The art of osteopathy has always been based on a body of anatomical and physiological theory and data but it has recently been expanded in exciting ways involving contemporary thinking in physics and biology that tell us more about disease causation and tissue function. This concise, well organized and highly readable book brings these two fields of thinking together.

The application of concept, theory and, above all, principle, is the real challenge, and it is by addressing these with penetration and relevance that the book allows the practitioner to 'find the health' rather than merely attempt to confront disease.


Finding the Health: Thoughts on Osteopathic Diagnosis and Treatment by Robert Lever is a truly unique publication. The author is recognized as a deep thinker in the field of osteopathy and has developed an international following since publication of his first book At the Still Point of the Turning World: The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy, a companion title to this work. He uses his clear understandable language and style of writing to put into words the ideas and feelings that many manual therapists (not just osteopaths) experience but find hard to express.

In Finding the Health Robert Lever attempts to answer the tantalizing question, set by the founder of osteopathy Andrew Taylor Still, as to how the practitioner applies concept, theory and, above all, principle to ‘find the health’ rather than just confront disease. In spite of the broad and deep topic, the text is extremely readable and to the point. The first chapter presents the idea of ‘finding the health’ and is followed by chapters that translate experience gained through Robert Lever’s own lifetime of clinical practice. It concludes with wise words from the author that the practitioner should see themselves as a ‘broker between the patient and the source of their vitality’ which requires a balance between the the effects of their own philosophies and ego (the art) and the well documented science and medicine of osteopathy.

Although this is a professional level book written by an osteopath with a lifetime’s experience of studying, teaching and practicing osteopathy, it will be of value to any student or practitioner interested in osteopathy, where it has come from and where it is going..


Chapter 1 - Finding the health and the holistic paradigm
Chapter 2 - The diagnostic framework
Chapter 3 - Focal points: less is more
Chapter 4 - Listening touch, projection and intention
Chapter 5 - The lesion: somatic dysfunction for osteopaths
Chapter 6 - Structure and patterns of unwellness: examples
Chapter 7 - Transcending technique
Chapter 8 - The magic of correction
Chapter 9 - ‘Classical’, ‘cranial’… what does it all mean?
Chapter 10 - As treatment unfolds…
Chapter 11 - Stress and trauma
Chapter 12 - Wider connections for both patient and practitioner
Chapter 13 - Prognosis: pathology versus dysfunction
Chapter 14 - The practitioner experience: when things go wrong; when things go right; staying ‘centred’



Fascia in the Ostepathic Field

by Torsten Liem, Paolo Tozzi and Anthony Chila - editors

Paperback 632 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-27-8 £75.00

Fascia in the Osteopathic Field is a comprehensive text and reference book that presents the international research into the study of fascia from an osteopathic point of view. It will be an essential resource for clinicians, teachers and researchers in the field of osteopathy, and for other manual therapists. With contributions from leading experts from an array of disciplines, Fascia in the Osteopathic Field aims to fulfill the needs and interests of osteopaths on this topic, covering the history, nature and properties of fascia as well as all aspects of osteopathic management of disorders relating to or mediated by fascia.


Maurice César, Susan L Chapelle, Anthony G Chila, Cristian Ciranna-Raab, Bradley S Davison, Julie A Day, Michael J Decker, William H Devine, Daniel J R Evans, Christian Fossum, Cristina Gioja, Rüdiger C Goldstein, Serge Gracovetsky, Jean-Claude Guimberteau, Michael Hamm, George Harrer, Laurie S Hartmann, Lisa M Hodge, David J Hohenschurz-Schmidt, Peter A Huijing, Wifrid Jänig, Kenzo Kase, Werner Klinger, Torsten Liem, Christian Lunghi, Carol J Manheim, Thomas W Myers, Winfried L Neuhuber,  Judith A O’Connell, Serge Paoleti, Andrea Pasini, Andrezj Pilat, Michael Puylaert, Robert Scheip, Fabio Schröter, Jay P Shah, Jane E Stark, Antonio Stecco, Carla Stecco, Luigi Stecco, Nikki Thaker, Francisco Toscano-Jimenez, Paolo Tozzi, Frans van den Berg, Patrick van den Heede, Jaap van der Wal, Ralf Vogt, Maurizio Zanardi, Paolo Zavarella


Section 1 - Fascial Concepts: Introduction Liem; Objective: palpatory Literacy Chila; Fascial concepts in osteopathic history Stark; Nomenclature of fascia Klinger, Bierbaum, Schleip; The embryology of fascia: providing the capacity for movement and integrity Evans; Histology of fascia van den Berg

Section 2 - Physiology and Functions of Fascia: Introduction Liem; Physiology of fascia van den Berg; Fascia as a sensory organ Schleip; The role of fascia in immunity and inflammation Hodge; Pathophysiology of fascia van den Berg; The fascia as the organ of innerness; a holistic approach based upon a phenomenological embryology and morphology van der Wal; Fascial mechanics: the physics of anatomy and function Gracovetsky; Tensegrity in the context of the myofascial network: its relevance to osteopathic practice Hohenschurz-Schmidt; The myofascial system and force transmission in the fascia Huijing; The ligamentous-myofascial system Decker, Davidson

Section 3 - Anatomy and Structure of Fascia: Introduction Tozzi; General anatomy of fascia Guimberteau; The superficial fascia A Stecco, C Stecco, L Stecco; Fascial anatomy of the trunks Brechtenbreiter; Fascial anatomy of the limbs Pilat; Fascial anatomy of the viscera Pasini, A Stecco, C Stecco; The diaphragm Puylaert; Anatomy of the dura mater Liem; The fascia of the peripheral nervous system Hamm

Section 4 - Clinical Aspects of Fascia: Introduction Chila, Tozzi

  • Therapeutic considerations The abilities of fascia Goldenstein, van den Heede; Fascia and posture: from the biomechanical model to the neuromyofascial postural model Zavarella, Zanardi, Lunghi; Fascia as a sensory organ: clinical applications Schleip; Touch related to fascia César; Myofascial trigger points, sensitization, and chronic pain: evaluation and treatment Shah, Thaker; Nociception and pain of fascia Jänig, Neuhuber; Mechanisms of fascial dysfunction and treatment Tozzi; Ultrasound imaging of fascia and its clinical implications Bongiorno; Myofascial meridians in practice Myers; The contractile field and fascia Beach; The innervation of fascial tissues: focus on thin-caliber afferents and sympathetic efferents Neuhuber, Jänig
  • Manual Techniques Myofascial release Manheim; The fascial distortion model originated by Stephen P. Typaldos Harrer; Practical application of the Still technique Fossum; Soft tissue work Hartmann; Vibratory technique on fascial tissue Schröter; The bioenergetics model of fascia as related to trauma O’Connell; Fascial unwinding technique Tozzi; Myofascial induction therapy (MIT) Pilat; Strain and counterstrain in relation to fascia Glover, Devine; Long leverage: a ‘new’ therapeutical approach to fascia Toscano- Jimenez, Gioja; Balanced ligamentous tension technique (BLT) Tozzi, Ciranna-Raab; Fascial manipulation® and the biomechanical model of the human fascial system Day, C Stecco, A Stecco; Clinical integration of fascial approaches Fossum; Lympho-fascia release and viscerolymphatic approach to fascia Chikly; Fascial treatment of the vascular system Vogt; Skin – the key element in palpation of fascia: from an osteosophical conceptualization to research Beuckels; Jarricot’s dermalgia applied to fascia Puylaert; Understanding and approach to treatment of scars and adhesions Chapelle; Fascial taping Kase; Osteopathic treatment of the dura Liem; The plexuses Paoletti; Techniques for body cavities Liem, Goldenstein, van den Heede



Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches

by Leon Chaitow

Paperback 280 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-9091410-0 £37.50

Fascial dysfunction is now recognised as one of the main underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain leading to impaired and reduced mobility. These are the symptoms which confront all practitioners of manual therapy in their everyday practice. Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches aims to help those practitioners to assess more precisely the dysfunction of their clients and its cause and to increase practitioner awareness of the various techniques which may help them in their attempts to alleviate their clients’ problems.


The book is the brainchild of Leon Chaitow who is well-known to manual therapy practitioners through his many publications andconference presentations. In this ground-breaking volume he has brought together contributions from 20 leading practitioners and researchers from many different fields of manual therapy.

The book is in two sections:

Section 1 (written by Leon Chaitow with a contribution by Tom Myers) presents a review of the current understanding of the function of fascia in the human body and describes what can go wrong – the causes and effects of fascial dysfunction and disease, and how to assess the problem and remove obstacles to the success of treatment.

Section 2 contains chapters by experts in different types of manual therapy including three by Leon Chaitow. Each practitioner describes their own approach to the problem of assessing and treating fascial dysfunction and explains their specialist therapeutic approach. See the contents list that follows for a full list of therapeutic approaches covered by the book.



Section 1 - Fascial Foundations
The clinical relevance of the functions of fascia: translating the science Leon
Chaitow / Fascial dysfunction and disease: causes, effects and possible manual
therapy options Leon Chaitow / Global postural assessment Tom Myers /
Additional global and local assessment approaches Leon Chaitow / Removing
obstacles to recovery: therapeutic mechanisms and fascia Leon Chaitow

Section 2 - Selected Fascial Modalities
The Bowen technique Michelle Watson & Julian Baker / Connective tissue manipulation and skin rolling Elizabeth Holey & John Dixon / Use it or lose it: recommendations for fascia oriented training applications in sports and movement therapy Robert Schleip & Divo G Müller / The Fascial Manipulation® method applied to low back pain Antonio Stecco, Stefano Casadei, Alessandro Pedrelli, Julie Day and Carla Stecco / Fascial unwinding Paolo Tozzi / Balanced ligamentous tension technique Paolo Tozzi / Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization Wayne Hammer / Muscle energy techniques Leon Chaitow / Myofascial induction therapy (MIT) Andrzej Pilat / Neuromuscular technique and associated soft tissue manipulation modalities Leon Chaitow / Positional release techniques (including counterstrain) Leon Chaitow / Rolfing® structural integration Jonathan Martine / Management of scars and adhesions Willem Fourie / Massage therapy and fascia Sandy Fritz / Trigger point release methods including dry needling César Fernández de las Peñas



The Placebo Effect in Manual Therapy: Improving Clinical Outcomes in Your Practice

by Brian Fulton

Paperback 296 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-29-2 £37.50

Practitioners in massage therapy and other bodywork specialisms already use the placebo effect – essentially non-manual components of manual therapy. This evidence-based book examines those non-manual components showing therapists concrete ways in which to employ them in their practice. 


The difference between an average clinician and an excellent clinician is that the excellent clinician not only excels technically but also excels at the interpersonal skills that are fundamental to the trust relationship existing between a health practitioner and their patient. A clinician who understands and applies these principles will actually be able to enhance the healing response in their patients. This book provides that understanding.

This book attempts to explain the actual principles involved and offers real-life examples of how to maximize patients’ healing abilities and to demonstrate that an understanding of non manual skills can affect the success or otherwise of therapy.


Part I - Understanding the Placebo Effect
Definition of a Placebo
Enter the Placebo
A Historical Perspective
The Nature of Belief
Body/Mind Medicine
Performance of the Placebo
Do Placebo Effects Last?
Objective Results From Placebos
The Nocebo
Criticism of the Placebo Effect
Biological Pathways Involved in the Placebo Effect
The Placebo Responder
Ethics and Informed Consent

Part II - Concepts and Application
Introduction to Part II
Motivation and Desire
The Power of Listening
Feelings of Care and Concern from the Practitioner
Establishment of a Feeling of Control
Reducing your Patients’ Anxiety Levels
Receiving Adequate Explanation of the Pathology
The Narrative- How We Make Sense of the World
Acceptance of the Mystery of Healing
Certainty of the Patient
Time Spent By the Practitioner
Use of Ritual
The Clinician’s Persona
Clinical/Healing Environment
Practitioner's Use of Humour
Getting Your Patients to Maximize Their Own Healing Response

Part III - Perspectives on Healing
Introduction to Part III
Where do we go from Here?
Quantum Healing



The Therapeutic Pause in Osteopathy and Manual Therapy

by Louise Tremblay

Paperback 141 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-36-0 £26.50

In this book Louise Tremblay uses her original research to explain the importance of making therapeutic pauses during manual therapy treatment. Pauses are an emphasised and accepted, yet previously unexplained part of Bowen therapy and osteopathy. Her research seeks to understand and identify the physiology that might justify the inclusion of pauses during treatment. In questioning the importance of the pause and how it affects the efficacy of treatment this book will help the manual therapist to understand why incorporating the pause into their practice will result in more effective treatment.


In writing this book the author draws on her knowledge and experience gained from training and practice in Bowen therapy, 20 years practice in acupuncture and homeopathy and 6 years study and subsequent practice in osteopathy. The text also develops and explains the concept that understanding human physiology is an essential element of all highly effective manual therapy.

Key Features

Explores the physiological relevance of ‘the pause’ between movements in Bowen therapy and osteopathy

Aims to help the manual therapist deliver more effective therapy by employing ‘the pause’ in their clinical practice

Written by a teacher and practitioner of Bowen Technique and osteopathy with extensive experience of teaching and practice



Fascia: What is it and why it matters

by David Lesondak

Paperback 176 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-55-1 £24.95

Publishing September 2017, available to pre-order.

This book is an important addition to the available literature on fascia as it serves as a primer for professionals across a range of manual and movement therapies to provide a good grasp of what fascia is and what it does in the body. It gives the reader an understanding of fascia as a tissue, its role in the various systems of the body and its clinical significance.


While their are many weighty tomes on fascia, this is the first entry level book of its kind. It presents the subject in a highly readable and entertaining style with a strong storyline connecting each chapter clearly to the next, making it both informative and satisfying to read. A highly practical and engaging publication for students and practitioners alike.

  • Fascia, the living tissue and system
  • Fascia in the cellular level
  • Fascia and anatomy
  • Fascia and the nervous system
  • Fascia and the brain
  • Fascia and the organs
  • Diagnosing fascial conditions
  • Fascia-oriented therapies


At the Still Point of the Turning World: The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy

by Robert Lever

Hardback 208 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-05-6 £35.00

A fascinating illustration of how osteopathy can blend a truly holistic perspective with the ‘healing attitude’ which is the basis of therapeutic systems at their best. Robert Lever’s informed and insightful reflection on over 40 years as an osteopathic practitioner and teacher is set to become a classic text in osteopathy.


With over 40 years’ experience as a practitioner and teacher Robert Lever aims to show that the art and science of a discipline, in this case osteopathy, can come together to provide a valuable contribution to healthcare and wellbeing. The collection of ‘essays’ are based on his years of experience and teaching and demonstrate his concern for where osteopathy has come from and where it is now going. He combines the technical aspects of osteopathy with the philosophy. It is the combination of the two which makes the art.

  • Provides an important and timely contribution to the ongoing debate about the scope and approach of osteopathy (mechanistic versus psychological/spiritual)
  • Looks at the dichotomy between the spirit and the science within osteopathy
  • Argues that the most effective care is given when a skilled practitioner combines technical skill with empathy, compassion and a still, listening attitude
  • Suggests that while hard research and clinical evidence provide important underpinning it is the human qualities of wisdom and compassion which can develop osteopathy into an art


Foreword (by R Paul Lee DO FAAO FCA)... Preface...


Osteopathy: an overview/The Vital Quality of Motion/Holism and the Osteopathic ‘Lens’/Reciprocity, Relationship, Spaces/From Mainstream to ‘Cranial’: continuum or quantum leap?

The Art of It

Subjectivity and ‘the Dance’/The Intelligent Fulcrum: palpation and thought on the move/The Healing: ‘If it comes at all, it comes from within’/Beyond Technique: meeting the Lesion/Placebo and Ritual/R&D, Safety and the ‘Evidence’ Myth

Philosophy and the Practitioner

The Human Spirit: adaptability, self-correction and survival/Divine Chaos: direction meaning, mystery and the healing state/The Exquisite Nature of Paradox/Epilogue – Tying it Together: spirit, humanity and the art of practice

Bibliography... Index



Architecture of Human Living Fascia

by Jean-Claude Guimberteau and Colin Armstrong

The extracellular matrix and cells revealed through endoscopy - with accompanying DVD and website

Hardback 232 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-11-7 £59.95

This richly illustrated book, with accompanying DVD and website, presents Dr Guimberteau’s groundbreaking work, and explains its significance for manual therapists and movement teachers, and its implications for what they do with patients and clients.


Dr Guimberteau is the first person to film living human tissue through an endoscope in an attempt to understand the organisation of living matter. He has developed his own concept of the multifibrillar structural organisation of the body, of which the microvacuole is the basic functional unit. He has also developed a concept of global dynamics and continuous matter.

His films confirm the continuity of fibres throughout the body and show how adjacent structures can move independently in different directions and at different speeds while maintaining the stability of the surrounding tissues. This role is carried out by what he calls the “Microvacuolar Collagenic Absorbing System”

He has opened a window into a strange world of fibrillar chaos and unpredictable behaviour, and has revealed the morphodynamic nature of the fibrils that constitute the connective tissue, as well as the fractal, non-linear behaviour of these fibrils.

His work ties in with that of Donald Ingber on tensegrity within the cytoskeleton, and the links between the cytoskeleton and the Extracellular Matrix as described by James Oschman.



1) Tissue Continuity 

2) Fibrillar Continuity and Form

3) Mobility and Adaptability

4) The Relationship between the Cells and the Fibrillar Architecture

5) Spatial Arrangement, Tensegrity, and Fractalization

6) Adaptations and Modifications of the Multifibrillar Network

7) Concept of Connective Tissue as the Architectural Constitutive Tissue Responsible for Form



Osteopathy for the Over 50s

by Nicette Sergueef and Kenneth Nelson

Hardback 412 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-09-4 £70.00

This is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment of adults over the age of 50. Practically oriented and highly illustrated it will teach you new skills in diagnosis and restoration of function to this growing demographic. 


The text begins with a description of the aging process including physical and psychosocial aspects of aging. It will help the osteopath gain new skills and learn how to treat somatic dysfunction and restore function in older patients. It offers comprehensive, evidence-based coverage of:

  • the diagnostic approach to the patient over the age of 50
  • somatic function and dysfunction in multiple clinical areas including cardiology, pulmonology, gastro-enterology, urology, neurology and rheumatology
  • the diagnostic approach to the patient over the age of 50 Sensory systems conditions
  • postural imbalance
  • clinical consideration
  • osteopathic manipulative treatment

Section 1: Osteopathy, fascia, fluid and the primary respiratory mechanism

Fascia / The Primary Respiratory Mechanism

Section 2: Osteopathic assessment

Somatic dysfunction… Diagnosis of somatic dysfunction… History… Physical examination

Section 3 Treatment of the patient

Osteopathic treatment and procedures for; Lower and upper extremity, Pelvic, Lumbar, Lumbopelvic muscular,Thoracic, Thoracoabdominal diaphragm, Cervical,Wrist and hand, Visceral, Cranial, Vault, Ocular and the primary respiratory mechanism.

Section 4: Clinical considerations

Musculoskeletal dysfunctions: Axial and Appendicular system… Postural imbalance: Vestibular and Visual sensory system and  Somatosensory/Proprioceptive sensory system… Cardiovascular conditions: Hypertension, Congestive heart failure… Respiratory dysfunctions: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Pneumonia, Obstructive sleep apnea… Gastrointestnal dysfunctions: Dysphagia, Gastroesophageal reflux, Irritable bowel syndrome, Constipation… Urogenital dysfunctions: Pelvic floor disorders, Benign Prostate disorders


Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life

by Graham Scarr, Chartered Biologist and Osteopath; Fellow of the Linnean Society and Fellow of the Society of Biology

Paperback 160 pages Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909141-21-6 £29.95

Biotensegrity – the structural basis of life brings the picture into focus for the first time, describing the discovery of tensegrity, explaining the basic geometry and its significance for anatomy, and presenting its assimilation into current biomechanical theory. 


There are many hundreds of scientific publications that mention tensegrity / biotensegrity in relation to human anatomy, from cell function to the mechanics of individual joints and the entire structure. Biotensegrity – the structural basis of life brings the picture into focus for the first time, describing the discovery of tensegrity, explaining the basic geometry and its significance for anatomy, and presenting its assimilation into current biomechanical theory. It attempts to clarify and explain to the manual therapist and movement teacher in simple language what biotensegrity is, how it works and how the practitioner can integrate understanding of it into clinical practice leading to more effective therapeutic care of clients.


Chapter 1 Tensegrity

Introduction / What is it? / The origin of tensegrity / The exhibition: Karl Ioganson / The architects: David Emmerich; Buckminster Fuller / The sculptor: Kenneth Snelson / The beginning of an idea / Building the tradition / A new perception / The geodesic dome / The functional sphere / The bicycle wheel / A combined effort

Chapter 2 Simple geometry in complex organisms

A new approach to geometry: one that nature already knows about / The rules of physics /Triangulating a hexagon / Close-packing the shapes / The platonic polyhedra / A dynamic structural system / The tetrahedron / The octahedron / The cube / The isotropic vector matrix and vector equilibrium / The icosahedron / The dodecahedron / The geometry of living structure / The jitterbug

Chapter 3 The balance of unseen forces

The tensegrity model / T-prisms / T-helixes / The T-6 sphere and tensegrity-icosahedron / The simple complexity of tensegrity / Structure and energy / Structural hierarchies



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