Wolf Mehling, MD

Manual Medicine Physician
Core Research Faculty


“The hands of Manual Medicine touch you where your physical body, emotions and mind interact. Hands-on techniques for musculoskeletal problems use both biomechanics and present-moment body awareness.”

Wolf Mehling, MD is Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF. At the Osher Center, Dr. Mehling provides Manual Medicine treatments, including breath therapy, a hands-on, mind-body approach. Following a research fellowship, he became involved in clinical studies on breath therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and other movement exercises, as well as a large back pain study with Kaiser.

He trained in family medicine, manual medicine, and psychotherapy in both Germany and the United States, and he worked in private practice for twelve years.

His current research interests include:

  • chronic low back pain,
  • mind-body approaches,
  • integrative exercise, which combines strength and aerobic training with yoga and other mindful bodily awareness approaches, and
  • cross-cultural differences in bodily awareness.
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