Joseph Shafer, DC, CCSP, DIBAK
Curriculum Vitae


22 January 1952 Washington DC, USA

Brief Introduction and Historical Background:

Joseph Shafer has been practicing as a Chiropractic Physician since his graduation from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980. He graduated with honours from Louisiana State University prior to study for his doctorate. At Louisiana State he study international law, history and psychology.
Following graduation from Palmer, Dr. Shafer moved to Denmark with his then wife where they set up a private practice that became one of the largest in all of Denmark at the time. During the 10 years in Denmark, Dr. Shafer continued to study Applied Kinesiology, Nutrition and Sports Medicine. He became a Certified Sports Physician in 1989 and a Diplomate of Applied Kinesiology in 1990.
From 1986 to 1990, he was one of the official Team Denmark specialist physicians, on call to treat elite athletes. In 1989 he was an attending physician at the World Games in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1990 he was the team physician for NISSAN PERFORMANCE at LeMans, France. This was followed by being the team physician again in 1991 and 92 at the Daytona Beach 24 hour endurance races.
In 1991, he was invited for the first time to speak and lecture in Moscow and then Novokuznetsk, Russia and he has been invited to speak regularly since. In 1993 he was awarded an assistant professorship (HON) at the Novokusnetsk School of Post-graduate medicine and in 2004 was given full Professorship status at the School of Post-graduate Social and Rehabilitative Medicine, Moscow.
During these years, Dr. Shafer found time to serve as the President of ICAK-Europe from 1988 to 1995 and President of the International Council from 1992 to 93.
He has written or contributed on three books and has privately published scores of lecture notes throughout 25 years of teaching. Most notably, Dr. Shafer has developed several diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that have found widespread use with physicians and physiotherapists.
At present, Dr. Shafer continues in private practice, to develop new techniques and as a consultant for the profession and lectures widely throughout Europe and the Far East.

Education and Degrees:
  • 1980 – Palmer College of Chiropractic: Degree Doctor of Chiropractic
  • 1974 – University of Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Degree Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970 – High School – Kenai Alaska: High School
Other Titles and Degrees:
  • Professor of post-graduate medicine
  • Moscow Academy of Social and Rehabilitative Medicine: 2004 to present
  • Diplomate International Board of Applied Kinesiology – 1990
  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician – 1989
  • Assistant professor of post-graduate medicine (Honorary)
  • Novokunznesk College of Manual Medicine, Russia – 1993
Private practice in:
  • Denmark from 1980 – 1991
  • Italy 1991 – present
  • Scotland and England 1999 – present
  • Scottish Chiropractic Association – 1995 to present
  • General Chiropractic Council registration 2001 – Present
  • Dansk Kiropraktor Forening (DKF) – 1980 to 1997
  • AIC (Italian Chiropractic Association) 1991 – 1994
  • ICAK-USA 1982 – 1992
  • ICAK-Europe 1990 – 1997
  • (President of ICAK-Europe 1988 – 1995
  • President of IC – 1992-3
  • ICAK – UK 1995 to present
Teaching experience:
Applied Kinesiology basic and advanced courses –
  • Sweden – 1991
  • Denmark – 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004
  • Russia – 1992 to 1997, 2004 to present
  • Italy – 1992 to present
  • Belgium – 1995 to present
  • England – 1996/7 and present
Other experience:
  • Sports medicine physician for Milan AC: 2008 -2009
  • Sports medicine consultant for Team Danmark 1987 – 1991
    (A state run organization for the development of and support of sport
    and athletes in Denmark)
  • Team doctor for NISSAN Performance drivers of 24-hour endurance races
    LeMans, France – 1990
  • Daytona Beach, USA – 1991/1992
  • Specialist physician for world class badminton:1993 – 1996.
Research, developments and novel techniques in clinical procedures:
  • K-27 technique for over-facilitation/hyper-reactive states in muscle – 1984
  • Jugular compression for craniosacral challenge and treatment – 1992
    (Received yearly research paper award for Jugular Compression in 1993)
  • Jugular compression and whole body evaluation.
  • Advanced evaluation procedures for the cranium, facial
    bones and membranous structures of the skull.
  • The pituitary pump technique.
  • Cranial Nerve evaluation procedures.
  • Interlink patterns for the cranium and vibrational evaluation of the sutures.
  • Advanced joint diagnosis techniques for peripheral joints and new
    developments in the ligament, muscle, tendon and bone interlink
  • Low back evaluation and treatment procedures (THE METABOLIC DISC)
  • Differential challenge for the inflamed disc, bone inflammation and
    neural sheath inflammation.
  • Differential diagnosis of piriformis syndrome.
  • Post-fracture evaluation of bone and interlink treatment.
  • Muscle spindle cell challenge for Resting, Concentric & Eccentric tone.
  • Retain Injury Patterns [RIP] (the emotional injury) evaluation and treatment.
  • The diaphragmatic crus, lower oesophageal sphincter (LES), phrenoesophageal
    ligament (PEL), and pericardial torsion evaluation and treatment.
  • AK chapter in multidisciplinary book: Dentistry and Alternative
    Medicine – 1996
  • Kinesiologia Applicata e Terapia Craniosacrale (Italian only at present)
    [Applied Kinesiology and Craniosacral Therapy}
  • The Muscle Test Handbook (Guest Editor with Hans Garten) 2013

What is Interlink?


George Goodheart discovered it. Joseph Shafer made it a diagnostic and therapeutic phenomenon of manual medicine. Dr. Shafer kept the phrase coined by Goodheart even though “ligament interlink” falls far short in describing this extraordinary protocol.

From humble beginnings, the ligament interlink method has evolved into a precise diagnostic technique whereby it is possible to specifically identify soft tissue and bony peripheral lesions. Rarely, if ever, has a physical diagnostic tool enabled the physician such accuracy. With ligament interlink one is able to distinguish between tendons, ligaments, joint capsule and the articular cartilage lesions that remain active despite normal healing time and rehabilitation.

Neural ‘wind-up’ of the trauma circuitry fails to return to normal causing the joint receptors to be constantly up regulated. The joint will have a heightened protective background status that will cause changes in ROM and a predisposition to further injury. The interlink protocol gives the physician the ability to find these hidden lesions and to eliminate them forever in one treatment. No special, costly manipulative devices or nutritional intervention are needed.

The Ligament Interlink protocol is not used only to treat ligaments as was thought in the past. It is far more complex and complete. There is bone interlink for post-fracture healing, bone compression and interosseous faults. Muscle interlink patterns are noted for muscle tearing and reactivity patterns and interosseous membranes. The list is almost endless.

The introductory protocol for the Ligament Interlink is divided into a two-weekend seminar. The first weekend will describe the interlink concepts and diagnostic method for joint evaluation of the upper extremity. Along with this, the interlink treatment protocol is discussed and taught.

Session One:

Short review of muscle lesions with emphasis on evaluating muscle tendon lesions.

The shoulder joint complex: Coraco- and gleno-humeral ligaments, the joint capsule and glenoid labrum. The AC and SC joints, the clavicle and post-traumatic evaluation. Learn why taping of the AC joint is only a crutch that fails to resolve the problem. Learn how to diagnose ‘frozen shoulder’ and treat it from its onset.

The elbow:

Medial & lateral collateral ligaments, the annular ligament, the forgotten quadrate ligament and its compromise leading to median nerve entrapment within the cubital tunnel. Evaluation using vibrational stimulus for the lateral and medial epicondilitis

The forearm:

Evaluation and treatment of the interosseous membrane and median nerve as it dives deep into the muscle tissue of the forearm.

Introduction into vibration stimulus for joint receptors, bone challenge and for peripheral nerves.

Session Two:

The lower extremity – hip joint: The pubofemoral and ischiofemoral ligaments. The joint capsule and the very difficult teres ligament.

The knee:

The medial and lateral collateral ligaments, the joint capsule, PLICA, common tendon, ACL and PCL, and the meniscus. Remember the arcuate popliteal ligament? Learn how it lesions and causes meniscal derangement. The proximal tibio-fibular articulation using direct and vibrational stimulus.

The leg and foot:

Interosseous faults, post-fracture evaluation, peripheral nerve entrapment at the fibular head, compartment & tarsal tunnel syndromes. Learn why tarsal tunnel is often mistaken for plantar fasciitis.

Advanced Session 3.  Spine, Metabolic and other nuances:

Cranial and suboccipital interlink patterns, the thrown of God, cranial nerve evaluation. Coccygeal evaluation using vibratory challenge. The low back and pelvis.

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