Monique Bureau PT, PLLC
The Holistic Way Back to Health
I am Monique Bureau and I am pleased to introduce a Mechanical Link's different approach to conventional treatments for pain and illness.
Mechanical Link is a form of osteopathic treatment that addresses the entire body and every system. It was developed by Paul Chauffour, D.O., who lives and practices in France. Mr Chauffour has developed and refined Mechanical Link for over 40 years and teaches his techniques all over the world.
History of Osteopathy
Osteopathy began its journey more than a hundred years ago. It was Andrew Taylor Still, D.O., an American physician, who sought to look beyond conventional methods of treating illness. He looked closely into what they had to offer given certain medical conditions. He felt that the body's ability to maintain health was dependent upon structural integrity.
Osteopathic philosophy maintains that the body contains a remarkable ability to heal itself. Thus, osteopathic treatment was founded on the belief that manual correction of structural problems is the key to restoring health, and not just the administration of drugs.
Osteopathy is well known and respected throughout Europe and Canada, but is less well known in the United States. Canadian and European trained osteopaths are extensively trained in manual techniques. Their practices consist of evaluation and treatment of the patient's body by using their hands to correct problems in the body's structural alignment. They are not considered physicians.
Osteopaths trained in America receive an education similar to a medical doctor plus some training in osteopathic manipulative techniques. After graduation, they may or may not perform any manual techniques in their practices. They are authorized to prescribe medications and generally function as medical doctors.
In North America, Mechanical Link's approach is practiced by some physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and osteopaths who study manual therapy in order to integrate structural rehabilitation techniques into their treatments.
Who Can Benefit?
Mechanical Link's approach can be performed on anyone, from pregnant women to newborns to the most elderly. It addresses not only the whole body but also the whole person, physical, mental, and emotional.
Mechanical Link's approach can be very effective in improving conditions that have not responded well to conventional treatment. This includes, but is not limited to the following conditions:
- ADD and ADHD
- Behavioral Problems
- Breathing Disorders Such as Asthma
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Headaches and Migraine
- Developmental Delay
- Gait Abnormality
- Joint Related Pain in the Neck, Back, Hip, Knees, Shoulders, etc.
- Motor Incoordination
- Post-Partum Blues
- Sleep Disorders
- Trauma Following a Stroke or Motor Vehicle Accident
Treatment Frequency and Duration
How long does a Mechanical Link session last, how often the client is seen, and how many sessions are required depends on what the practitioner finds, how severe and longstanding the lesions are, how the lesions respond to treatment. Mechanical Link's practitioners operate under the philosophy that less is more and that given the correct opportunity, the body will heal itself.