OSTEOPATHIC TECHNIQUES OF BALANCE AND RECIPROCAL INTERCHANGES
Introduction to the osteopathic approach by Dr. Rollin Becker, D.O.
by Jacques Andreva Duval, D.O.
“Osteopathic Techniques of Balance and Reciprocal Interchanges. Introduction to the Osteopathic Approach by Dr. Rollin Becker, D.O.,” is a small book but with a rich content that takes us back in time to the birth of what would later become the biodynamic approach.
Dr. Duval had initially written it in 1976 for patients’ information. At that time, patients were used to the structural osteopathy method and would indeed have asked themselves several questions about the new treatment method.
“The osteopathic techniques of balance and reciprocal interchanges are a direct use of the patient’s body physiological resources through the physician’s awareness and specialised palpatory sense.”
Dr. Rollin Becker, D.O.
Dr. Duval is famous for being a great friend of Rollin Becker and setting up a study group called “Le Cercle d’Étude et de Recherche en Ostéopathie” in the late 1970s, where he taught what Dr. Becker had passed on to him during their many meetings. In his book, Dr. Duval uses straightforward writing with a tone that is more confidential than educational. He narrates with clearness the stages that brought him from his classic and structural osteopathic approach to a diagnosis and treatment based on the involuntary mechanism. After the first draft, many students at the Cercle d’Études found the writings very useful for the transitional phase and asked him to convert them into a book.
The Italian edition followed the original 1976 version and was published with a hardcover and paperback binding by twist-stitching.
The editing maintained the original characteristics of Dr. Duval’s spontaneous writing.
Compared to the French edition, the book has also been completed with some photographs kindly offered by the Duval family.
Jacques Andréva Duval (1921 – 2005) received his D.O. with a gold medal on 27th July 1963 from the British School of Osteopathy in London, where he taught from 1967 until the 1980s.
At the end of his studies, he became a pupil of Dr. Keith Blagrave, D.O., and later a pupil and assistant of Dr. Edward Hall, D.O. In 1975, during a course held by Dr. H. Magoun on the central nervous system and spinal cord motility, he met Dr. Rollin Becker. The two physicians built strong complicity and a deep friendship. So Dr. Duval traveled several times to Dallas, USA, to follow the practical implementation of the Sutherland’s Breath of Life concept.
In 1976 he published the first edition of the book “Introduction to Osteopathic Techniques of Balance and Reciprocal Interchanges.” Still, the continuous evolution of Dr. Becker’s concept led him to publish a second, more comprehensive edition in 2004, followed by a second reprint in 2008.
His enthusiasm for osteopathy was very contagious. He taught the diagnosis and treatment method based on the involuntary mechanism to the students of his “Cercle d’Étude et de Recherche en Ostéopathie” for more than 25 years. He practiced until the end of his life.
Publisher: Solista Osteopathy Press
Translation: Sylvia Soldarini
Editing: Ester Bucchi de Giuli, Thomas Soldarini
Graphic design: Alessandro Feltre
Format: Paperback binding by twist-stitching
Number of pages: 160