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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Mechanical Link different from other hands-on therapies?

Mechanical Link

Mechanical Link (ML) is a very gentle treatment that gets big results, with the potential to affect all the systems of the body. It respects the integrity of the whole body, and is guided by the body's wisdom about its unique needs. A skilled, experienced ML practitioner has extensive training, a comprehensive knowledge of the entire body structure and highly developed palpation skill. Instead of simply treating symptoms, through extensive testing the ML practitioner tracks down the source of the problem. Those looking for a natural way of improving scars, whether from surgery or trauma, will find ML of special interest.

Mechanical Link is:

Mechanical Link
  • Painless

  • Uses no oil or lotion

  • Progress is fast

  • Results are often felt immediately

  • Improvement continues after treatment

  • Fewer, less frequent treatments are needed

  • Addresses conditions not treatable by other means

  • Safe for everyone, including frail elderly, cancer patients, infants and expectant mothers

Mechanical Link practitioners treat the body's imbalance, rather than specific disorders. It has been found helpful for the following conditions:

  • Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome

  • Back, neck and hip pain

  • Sciatica – pain down the leg

  • Migraine Headaches

  • Tingling, aching hands

  • Painful periods

  • Traumatic injuries, such as whiplash

  • Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Repetitive strain injuries, i.e carpal tunnel

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Emotional difficulties

  • Indigestion, reflux, digestive issues

  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems

  • Stress and urge urinary incontinence

  • Joint pain

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • and more! The limits of what is possible have not been reached.

Is Mechanical Link safe and helpful during pregnancy?


Pregnancy is a time of great changes in a woman's body, and ML can help support the pregnancy, reduce complications and ease delivery. Restrictions in the pregnant uterus can be released, and even the fetus can be treated, since the approach is so gentle. During pregnancy, ML treatments at the 3rd, 6th and 9th month are very helpful.

Who can benefit?


You don't need to be in pain to benefit from a bodywork session. Maybe you'd just like to be able to feel younger, move more effortlessly, or play your sport more easily, or prepare yourself for strenuous travel or adventure! Everyone has something that could work better for them, and ML is safe for all. Even if you have had a discouraging medical diagnosis — or been told "You'll have to learn to live with it", or "At your age, this is normal" — ML may help you feel much better and enjoy life.

Is Mechanical Link beneficial to children?

treating children

With the demands on their growing bodies from sports, (or conversely, lack of exercise), heavy bookbags, and often poor posture, children and adolescents can benefit from ML. Young people have imbalances and restrictions too, which cause problems now, and even greater difficulties later. Special needs children have made remarkable progress from ML sessions, and irritable, colicky babies can be much sweeter when they feel better.


Why have I never heard of Mechanical Link?

The developers and teachers of ML live mostly in Europe, and teach widely there and in Japan, Russia and Canada. Mechanical Link has not been taught in the United States since 2011. It is a post-graduate course for DOs (Doctors of Osteopathy). Osteopaths outside of the US do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but utilize primarily manual medicine. The practice of Mechanical Link requires detailed anatomical knowledge and study and highly developed palpation skill. Nancy is the only practitioner specializing in Mechanical Link in the Southeast.

Needless to say, manual therapy doesn't have the same financial backing as the pharmaceutical industry for advertising itself.


Will my health insurance pay for your treatments?

Probably not, but if you would like a receipt to submit to your insurance company, I'm happy to provide it. I don't use the Diagnostic Codes they require, and I do not participate in any discount schemes.


When comparing the cost of my services with treatments covered by your insurance, take into account your co-pay, time and travel as well as overall benefits. Because we are addressing the whole body and all its systems, improvement is generally much faster and more widespread, treatments are fewer and less frequent (about once a month). Results last much longer than  other treatment methods.

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