Workshop A:

Osteopathic Mechanical Link

Hélène Loiselle DO, BSc, Can

Developed by Paul Chauffour D.O. and Eric Prat, D.O., the osteopathic mechanical link is an original approach designed to diagnose and treat the primary lesion, through the systematic examination of 8 functional units: the occipito-vertebro-pelvic axis, the thorax, the extremities, the intraosseous lines of forces and the articular diastases, the viscera and the organs, the arteries, the autonomic and peripheral nervous system, the cranium and the dermis.


This course presents the Osteopathic Mechanical Link methodology and its practical application to the vertebral axis, the thorax, the upper and lower extremities.

The Osteopathic Mechanical Link concept rests on three key points:

The tension tests which clearly diagnose osteoarticular restrictions of elasticity, in a reliable and reproducible manner (*).

The inhibitory balance tests that result in the diagnosis of dominant and secondary lesions.

The recoil, for an adjustment without manipulation, using a simple, quick and efficient technique.

The spine is approached in an entirely different way.

Several new developments (filum terminale, segmental lesions of the sacrum, disc lesions, etc.) are presented in this course.

The posterior and anterior thorax is assessed using articular (costovertebral, chondrocostal and sternochondral joints, sternoclavicular joint) and intraosseous tests (sternebrae).

The upper and lower extremities are examined using global tests to rapidly diagnose the dominant articular lesion of the periphery.

This is the reference course, mandatory and indispensable in order to take part in further courses.


Introduction to the concepts and techniques of the Osteopathic Mechanical Link (LMO).

The osteopathic lesion as a connective tissue scar with loss of tissue elasticity. Osteopathic lesion and somatic dysfunction. The total lesion and the 8 functional units. The dominant lesions and the primary lesion. The principle of prioritized treatment (which dictates where to begin and when to end an osteopathic treatment).

Finding anatomical structures using cutaneous depressions. Tissue tension diagnostic tests. Prioritization tests using the inhibitory balance. Adjustment technique using the recoil.

The occipitovertebropelvic axis. Basic tests, specific tests and treatment.

The posterior and anterior thorax. Basic tests, specific tests and treatment.

The periphery. Basic tests of the upper extremity, the lower extremity and the pelvis.

(*) Reliabilitätsstudieüber die Befunderhebung der Wirbelsäulenach der Methode der Lien Mécanique Ostéopathique, Master ThesiszurErlangung des Grade “Master of Science”. Claudia Hafen-Bardella, Ostéopathe M Sc DO, Burgdorf, November 2009.

Recommended for: Osteopaths

Cost:    CHF 840.00

         Lunch, Coffee break and BBQ are included

Location: SICO Swiss International College of Osteopathy Zinnenstrasse 7, 6353 Hertenstein

Time:      2. September: 9am – 5.30pm

               3. September: 9am – 5.30pm

            4. September: 9am – 5.30pm

            5. September: 9am – 4pm

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