Training at the Ackermann College

The Ackermann College is the natural choice for physiotherapists and doctors who wish to continue their training in working with patients with pain problems in their back, joints and muscles. Our courses in structural osteopathy and soft chiropractic offer you the keys to a successful way to help patients to a painless and more flexible life.

The chance of a lifetime

Are the treatments you currently offer your patients working optimally? This is a question you should ask yourself regularly if you have a profession where you treat people with different types of pain and movement problems. Life is about development and taking every chance to learn more and move forward both professionally and personally.

By learning Dr. Ackermann's chiropractic techniques, you will get the satisfaction of helping all your patients to have a better life in an efficient and successful way. For the sake of your patients, you should take this opportunity to learn the precise diagnostic methods and treatment techniques that the Ackermann method offers.


The modern technique of "Structural Osteopathy and Soft Chiropractic"

The well-renowned and now also world-known Ackermann College was founded by Dr. W. P. Ackermann, in 1974 in Stockholm, Sweden. Students from all over the world attend the college to learn more on how to successfully treat and relieve pain in joints, muscles and the back. Dr Ackermann has successfully developed a method called structural osteopathy and soft chiropractic where the training is aimed at active professionals who want to take the next step regarding knowledge on how to successfully treat different kinds of pain such as back pain, neck problems and headache. The course is based on research as well as practical experience from thousands of patients who have sought and received help through the Ackermann method and focuses on providing its student with both practical and theoretical knowledge in the field.

Ackermann College strives to always deliver the highest possible level in terms of the practical treatment in the clinic as well as in the training and in-service training that they offer making it a natural choice for anyone looking for a professional and efficient training.

Exact chiropractic diagnosis and treatment techniques

The course in structural osteopathy and soft chiropractic according to Dr. Ackermann’s theory is a supplementary training for therapists with undergraduate studies in anatomy and physiology. Some examples of professionals coming to us are doctors and physiotherapists. All teaching is done in small groups of five to eight students per teacher and is designed to give each student maximum practical knowledge. We want all our students to master the exact chiropractic diagnosis and targeted treatment that are the trademarks of the training course.

During this training course you will learn the cause and effect of back pain and target treatment technique. We offer a crash course where you learn how to achieve the chiropractor’s efficient and often instantaneous result. Each treatment grip is discussed with anatomical material, skeleton models, radiographs and patients and you also get individual guidance in each special grip - all to ensure the quality of education. By learning the targeted chiropractic diagnostic and treatment technique that Dr. Ackermann advocates, you can achieve amazing results with your patients. The course content is based on four decades of research and practical experience, and has been thoroughly tested. By taking this course, you can offer your patients a full chiropractic treatment that is guaranteed to provide results.


Five unique reasons for attending

Small seminar groups

Owing to the small size of each seminar, with about six participants/ teacher, you will receive intensive instruction and attention, and not forgotten in the crowd—90 per cent of the seminar is practical exercises.


Complex chiropractic matters are explained in a simple manner, since one of the principles of Dr. Ackermann’s seminars is to concentrate on what is most important.

Extensive experience

Dr. Ackermann’s skeletal research and chiropractic knowledge is the result of 40 years of experience. Instructors are experienced chiropractors, physiotherapists or doctors with years of practical knowledge.

Soft chiropractic

A soft or gentle chiropractic treatment presupposes an exact diagnosis. Only in this way, will you be able to apply treatment to the blocked areas, and return the vertebrae to their proper positions. Our main object is to make this possible.


Dr. Ackermann’s textbook, his video-film and his other publications will provide you with intensive ‘homework’. This will give you the chance to always have this special knowledge right before your eyes.

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About the education

Our learning objectives

Our objective is to provide you with in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge in an osteopathic and chiropractic treatment concept that you can target to treat functional disorders in the spine and joints. After completing a basic training course, you will immediately feel secure in using the techniques at your own clinic.

Practical training

After completing your basic training course, your teachers will be available to support you in your practice of the Ackermann method and after six months you can take our continuation course – the master course. After you have passed the written and practical exam you will receive the Master of Chiropractic Diploma.
We also offer refresher training for anyone wanting to maintain their knowledge and skills and recommend this be taken every other year. There is also an honorary diploma after three years of clinical practice, specific additional courses and approval by the Ackermann College, which can lead to a qualified teacher status in the Ackermann method.

Bullet list – Crash course

Spine biomechanics: Indications and contraindications

Pelvis and lumbar spine

Specific diagnosis: palpation, diagnostic tests

"Seconds phenomenon", casual chain of cause and effect

The most efficient treatment methods

Thoracic spine, shoulder girdle

Cervical spine including axis, atlas, occiput – soft and very specific techniques

Limb joints

Clinical cases, differential diagnosis

Diagnostic radiology

Holistic treatment

In our basic course you will learn an osteopathic and chiropractic treatment concept that you can use in a systematic and targeted way to treat functional disorders on the spine and joints.

We will cover and teach you about the spine’s biomechanics, pelvis, lumbar spine, specific diagnosis, palpation and diagnostic tests. We also cover the topic seconds’ phenomenon and casual chains of cause and effect, the most efficient treatment techniques, thoracic spine, shoulder girdle and cervical spine.

During the course we will also talk about and teach more about limb joints, discuss clinical cases, differential diagnoses, diagnostic radiology and last but not least, holistic treatment.

Our diplomas


Our teachers


Paul Ackermann

Associate Professor, Orthopedic surgeon

More than 25 years of practical- and educational experience with the Ackermann-Method. Dr. Ackermann has published more than 200 international publications on chronic pain, tendon disorders and treatment. Dr. Ackermann is a frequent lecturer at international orthopaedic, sports and pain congresses and annually teaches the Ackermann-Method at several international cities such as Athens, Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Stockholm.

Liam Fretwell

Liam Fretwell


More than 10 years of practical- and educational experience with the Ackermann-Method. Physical Injury Rehab. More than 25 years experience with clinical practice and education.

George Tsoukalas

George Tsoukalas

Physiotherapist, osteopath

More than 15 years of practical- and educational experience with the Ackermann-Method. More than 20 years experience with clinical practice and education.


Helene Ackermann


More than 40 years of practical- and educational experience with the Ackermann-Method. Trained several thousand physiotherapists, chiropractors, doctors and osteopaths in the Ackermann method for the treatment of back pain.


Jonas Alemo


More than 15 years of practical experience with sportsmedicine and orthopedic injuries. OMI basic and advanced. More than 10 year experience with the Ackermann-Method.

Study schedule

Courses in structural osteopathy and soft chiropractic starts at the Ackermann College several times per year and here you can find more information on when the next interesting course starts. Take the chance – read more about the options available to you today.

Learning materials

You can find all the educational material you need for our supplementary trainings and specialist courses in our web shop. The material we offer in conjunction with our courses, are carefully selected to suit the course as well as to serve as support and reference books for future use. Of course, we offer affordable prices on all our material.