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.

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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.

Today, Ackermann College is run by the founder’s son, assistant professor Dr. Paul W. Ackermann. He’s a well-known name within chiropractic circles thanks to his great practical knowledge in the field as well as his extensive experience in pain research. 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.

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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.

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Five unique reasons for attending

Small seminar

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.


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.

Gentle chiropractic

A 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.

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.

For those students who have completed the basic course and work experience according to the Ackermann method for a minimum of six months, can apply for their masters title. In order to do so, you have to take our continuation course and when successfully pass the theoretical and practical exam you will be awarded the title and Master of Chiropractic diploma.

This diploma, that has been awarded to students at the Ackermann College for forty years, is proof that you have passed the continuation course that is founded on the Ackermann method. You are therefore qualified to work with patients according to these theories. Note that the diploma should not be confused with a university diploma.

For Ackermann College, it is of great importance that our students offer top level treatments to their patients seeking help for problems with their back, joints and muscles. We therefore offer refresher training that we recommend our students to take at minimum every other year. This is in order to keep the theoretical knowledge up to date and to ensure that the practical skills required for treatments in the Ackermann method are always of the highest quality.

Former Masters students who have worked clinically according to the Ackermann method for a minimum of three years can apply for an honorary diploma from the Ackermann College. To receive this diploma, you have to pass a specific additional course and after successful completion, you could in combination with a personal agreement with the institute, get an authorised teacher status in the Ackermann method. This is a very advantageous opportunity for anyone who wishes to develop further and increase their status and options in 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.
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It is very simple to apply to the course on structural osteopathy and soft chiropractic and here you will find more information on how to apply to the next available course. Don’t hesitate to take the next step in your career with us.
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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.
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