Palpation and Assessment in Manual Therapy


Palpation and Assessment Skills has been designed and developed to help the student and practitioner to understand and acquire the palpatory skills that are the foundation of all effective manual therapy assessments and treatments. Subtlety and sensitivity of touch, and the accurate interpretation of palpation findings and tests, are essential aspects of all manual therapy professions.

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Palpation and Assessment in Manual Therapy – Fourth edition, Learning the art and refining your skills

As the title suggests this book has been written to assist manual therapists in understanding and honing the palpatory skills which are essential to their effectiveness as practitioners. Skillful palpation is the foundation stone of all effective manual therapy assessments and treatments. The ability to use subtle and sensitive touch to examine and assess patients is essential for an accurate interpretation of the underlying problems of fascial and muscle function. The accurate interpretation of palpatory findings is difficult and comes with experience. This book aims to increase awareness of how to palpate and understanding of what is being felt.

In this fourth edition of his now well-established and much-loved book, Leon Chaitow has introduced references to the latest research findings relating to fascia and its role in health and disease, so that practitioners can apply this knowledge in interpreting what they palpate. In addition to the author, six notable contributors from Europe and North America enhance the work’s range and authority.

All manual therapists, whatever their professional background, will benefit from the wealth of experience- and research-based information presented in this book.


Chapter 1. Objective: Palpatory literacy Leon Chaitow

Chapter 2. Palpation reliability and validity Michael Seffinger

Chapter 3. Fundamentals of palpation Leon Chaitow

Chapter 4. Palpating and assessing the skin Leon Chaitow

Chapter 5. Palpating for changes in muscle structure Leon Chaitow

Chapter 6. Fascial palpation Thomas W. Myers and Leon Chaitow

Chapter 7. Assessment of abnormal mechanical tension in the nervous system Leon Chaitow

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

Chapter 9. Accurately identifying musculoskeletal dysfunction Whitney Lowe

Chapter 10 – Evaluating movement Warrick McNeill and Sarah Mottram

Chapter 11. Palpating for functional ‘ease’ Leon Chaitow

Chapter 12 – Visceral palpation and respiratory function assessment Leon Chaitow

Chapter 13 – Understanding and using intuitive faculties Sasha Chaitow

Chapter 14 – Subtle palpation Leon Chaitow

Chapter 15 – Palpation and emotional states Leon Chaitow