Joseph Shafer, DC, CCSP, DIBAK
22 January 1952 Washington DC, USA
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The lower extremity – hip joint: The pubofemoral and ischiofemoral ligaments. The joint capsule and the very difficult teres ligament.
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.
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.
Cranial and suboccipital interlink patterns, the thrown of God, cranial nerve evaluation. Coccygeal evaluation using vibratory challenge. The low back and pelvis.