Chaitow, Leon

Leon Chaitow ND, DO                                                                     

chaitowLeon Chaitow graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1960. Since 1983 he has been a visiting lecturer at numerous chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathic, naturopathic and massage schools in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia.  A practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience, Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief, of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He is author/editor of over 70 books and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of peer-reviewed (and now Medline indexed) Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (Elsevier).  In 1993, he became the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed as consultant to a UK government-funded conventional medical practice. He retired from his position as a Senior Lecturer, at the University of Westminster, in 2004, after 11 years as a module leader in Therapeutic Bodywork and Naturopathy. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University in November 2005, in recognition of “services to Complementary and Osteopathic medicine”. He lives and works in London and Corfu, Greece – with his adored wife of 42 years, Alkmini

He regularly lectures in the United States as well as Europe where he instructs physiotherapists (Holland and USA), osteopaths (Spain and UK), chiropractors (Denmark, USA and UK) as well as massage therapists (Ireland, Sweden, USA). He is a senior lecturer by London’s University of Westminster on under and postgraduate courses in therapeutic bodywork and naturopathy.  He lives and practices in both the UK and Greece. – See more at:

“As the art and science of neuromusculoskeletal care evolve it is becoming increasingly clear that manual techniques are essential in the management of patients with problems in this area.  What is less easily measured, however, is the impact of the degree of skill with which these techniques are on the outcome of treatment.  Most clinicians who use manual techniques in the treatment of dysfunction in the locomotor system would agree, however, that the level of skill with which a practitioner applies a technique is of the utmost importance in the success of any treatment strategy.

Intuition would tell us that a clinician with limited skill and a limited variety of methods in his armamentarium, would be less effective, especially for a difficult case, than one who possesses wide-ranging knowledge and ability.  Muscle energy techniques (METs) are among the most valuable tools that any manual clinician can have in his or her tool box.”

Murphy, D.R. in the forward to: Chaitow, L., Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques, Muscle Energy Techniques (2006)