The Thorax


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By Jean-Pierre Barral
Hardcover book
ISBN 9780939616121
174 pages

While Jean-Pierre Barral’s previous books, Visceral Manipulation and Visceral Manipulation II, focus on the abdomen, in The Thorax the author turns his unique gaze to the thoracic cage and its contents.

Barrral begins by describing the thorax as an area of conflict and contrast: it must protect the organs enclosed within, yet must also allow exchanges with the neck and abdomen. Problems with either of its dual roles of protection and exchange lie at the root of most thoracic disorders. Detailed descriptions and illustrations are provided of tests for dysfunction and treatment of the nonaxial joints, fasciae and viscera of this important area of the body.

Among the special topics contained in this volume are global and local listening of the thorax; utilization of the completed Adson-Wright test; cervical attachments of the pleura; intrasternal tests and treatment; utilization of various access points to the phrenic nerve; and stretching along the orientation of the coronary arteries.

The Thorax is an important book for all practitioners who wish to broaden their skills in visceral manipulation.


  • Overview
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Applied Physiology: Pleura, Role of Myofascial System in Respiration, and
  • Lung Dynamics
  • Pathology: Pulmonary System, Cardiovascular System, Breast Disorders, and Other Common Causes of Thoracic Pain
  • Manual and Differential Diagnosis: Vascular Problems of the Thoracic Inlet,
  • Neurological Problems, and Mobility Tests
  • Treatment

About the Author:

Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O. (U.K.) is a graduate of the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, England. A well-known clinician and teacher in his native France and throughout Europe, he has authored and contributed to many osteopathic textbooks. His works in English include Visceral Manipulation (with Pierre Mercier, D.O.), Visceral Manipulation II, The Thorax, Urogenital Manipulation, Manual Thermal Diagnosis and most recently, An Osteopathic Approach To Trauma.

Dr. Barral is presently Academic Director of the International College of Osteopathy in Saint Etienne, France. He is also Chairman of the Department of Visceral Manipulation on the Faculty of Medicine at Paris du Nord. He has taught widely throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, and practices osteopathy in Grenoble, France.

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Weight 1.30 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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