Although Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for over 5,000 years, Western practitioners can struggle with how it can fit into Western medicine. This article reveals the similarities between TCM and Western practices and includes exercises you can use to test and improve your palpation and perception skills. Incorporating the learnings of TCM into your manual therapy toolbox will improve your sensitivity to, and awareness of, your patient. This article is an extract from the new edition of the author’s book Palpation and Assessment in Manual Therapy.
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Leon Chaitow, ND DO (retired), Hon fellow Univ. Westminster, is well-known internationally as the author of over 60 books on natural heath and complementary medicine.
He has also co-edited and contributed to numerous other important publications in the field of fascial dysfunction and its treatment, notably as co-editor of Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body edited by Robert Schleip et al. Leon is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
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