To address the human being as a whole, osteopaths must have an approach that is adapted to the complexity and uniqueness of each patient.  With Mechanical Link, we propose a coherent osteopathic method based on 3 steps:

  • The diagnosis of the patient's total lesion (all the somatic dysfunctions he presents) with a systematic and complete general examination of the spine, the thorax, the cranium, the viscera, the bones, the arteries, the nerves, the dermis..., using tension tests.  These tension tests applied to the tissue are simple, light, quick, reliable and reproducible. They may be applied without contraindications to all patients, irrespective of their age or health condition.

  • The diagnosis of the patient's primary lesion, to find the most important dysfunction which crystallises the physical and psychological tensions of the total lesion, using inhibitory balance tests.  The balance tests prioritise the different osteopathic lesions that were found into secondary lesions, dominant lesions and the primary lesion, and give the order in which the causal dysfunctions should be treated. 

  • The treatment of the primary and dominant lesions using the specific technique of the recoil.  This type of adjustment, much appreciated by practitioners for its precision, speed of execution and immediate efficacy, acclaimed by patients for the comfort and safety it provides, is an excellent alternative to the structural or functional techniques commonly used in osteopathy.

The courses, based on over 25 years of experience, allow the professional to immediately apply the concepts and tests that were learned.  Each course provides new competencies that may be integrated to any other osteopathic approach.  The entire course series gives the practitioner the possibility of efficiently treating all of his patients, from the most simple to the most complex cases, in keeping with the osteopathic concept.


Mechanical Link courses are offered to professionals with a diploma in osteopathy

(or an equivalent university diploma in chiropractic or manual therapy)

or to finishing students of osteopathic programs.



The Osteopathic Mechanical Link, Diagnosis and Treatment

LMO Méthode P. Chauffour & E. Prat ®™


Teaching of Mechanical Link is given by osteopaths who use Mechanical Link exclusively in their practice.


Power Point (PP) presentations are shown during the theoretical and practical parts of the course then, in the form of a course document, they are given to students.   

The quality and originality of these documents rests on:

-  a number of original drawings and anatomical illustrations developed for Mechanical Link courses by Benoît Caillé, osteopath.

-  the illustrations and animations proposed in the presentations by Éric Prat for the sequences of diagnostic tests and the treatment.

- the pictures of custom dissections performed by Jacques Michaud and the team of the anatomy laboratory in Nantes.

- the translated material available in English, German, Italian, Russian and Japanese.