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.
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The modern technique of "Structural Osteopathy and Soft Chiropractic"

The Ackermann College was founded by Dr. W. P. Ackermann, DC, DN, HP, in 1974 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Dr. Ackermann-Method of "Structural Osteopathy and Soft Chiropractic" has proven itself in almost 40 years of teaching experience and application to thousands of patients. Today, the Ackermann College is led by his son, Associate Professor Dr. Paul W. Ackermann, pain researcher.

Chance of a Lifetime !

How are you at making chiropractic diagnosis and carrying out treatment?

Particularly since eight out of ten patients with backaches have acquired skeletal misalignments. If you have learned the chiropractic methods of Dr. Ackermann, then both you and your patients will often experience immediate success with chiropractic treatment. In the interest of your patients: take this opportunity to learn the exact diagnostic method and the treatment techniques for yourself. The Ackermann-Method is based on 40 years of research and clinical work.

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Exact chiropractic diagnosis and treatment techniques

Dr. Ackermann’s chiropractic seminar is a special course in clinical practice for therapists having a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology, i. e. doctors and physiotherapists.

This intensive course takes five days.

We work in small seminar groups of five to maximum eight students per teacher.

Every treatment is discussed with anatomical charts, skeletal models, x-rays and patients as a basis. You will get individual guidance in each special manipulation. The central focus of this course is diagnostics with test programs and ‘Instant Reflex Phenomena’ as well as practice in palpation of blocked vertebral joints. You will learn how to analyze all misalignments of the atlas and be able to palpate seven painful spots that will guide you in your therapy. Importance is also placed on goal-oriented treatment methods, every chiropractic manipulation is practiced until memorized. You will also learn how to differentiate the primary causes of pain from the secondary. This is what we call the higher chiropractic school.

The results you can achieve by learning the exact chiropractic diagnosis and treatment techniques will speak by itself. Knowing is power, which both you and your patients will benefit from. What is new is that our research results has made it possible for you to acquire all the knowledge about diagnosis and treatment that is needed for complete chiropractic treatment.


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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.

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.

About the education

Our learning objective

You will learn an osteopathic and chiropractic treatment concept which you can use in a goal-oriented manner to treat functional disturbances of the vertebral and extremity joints. Upon completion of the basic course you will immediately be able to begin therapy in your clinical practice with great success!

Practical training

After the basic course we recommend you to perform clinical training using the Ackermann Method in your own practice. During your clinical training you will have the opportunity to contact your teachers for questions on request. After at least six months of clinical practice using the Ackermann Method in your own practice you have the opportunity to attend the “Master course”.

Intensive course
(from the programme)

  • Biomechanics of the spine: indications and contraindications
  • Pelvis and lumbar spine
  • Specific diagnosis: examination session, palpation, tests
  • Reflex phenomena, cause-effect chains
  • The most effective therapy concepts and techniques
  • Thoracic spine, shoulder girdle
  • Lower cervical spine, axis, atlas, occiput - gentle and very specific techniques
  • Extremity joints
  • Clinical cases, differential diagnosis
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Holistic treatment

For participants who have practiced on their own according to the Ackermann-method for at least 6 months after the basic course. At this course level you will deepen your knowledge within the Ackermann-Method and learn additional Techniques. You will receive a compendium for the advanced course level.

An exam (theoretical and practical) will be held during the advanced course to evaluate your knowledge and skills at this level. After passing the exams you will receive the diploma “Master of Chiropractic according to Dr. Ackermann” (non-academic degree). This title, which has been awarded for more than 40 years now, is a certificate for the qualification of the Ackermann-Method.

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.

Our diplomas

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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