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Complex Interactions

A unique combination of Osteopathy and Chiropractic.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment techniques that cover pretty much every presentation in a neuro-musculoskeletal practice.

The neuro-musculoskeletal system can be assessed quickly, easily and thoroughly using a combination of functional muscle testing and limb length analysis plus knowledge of usual patterns of neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction. Treatment approaches are equally quick to perform, using a combination of  (and adaptations of) some of the usual and more unusual manipulative and non-manipulative techniques derived from Osteopathy, Chiropractic and other disciplines. 

The complete Osteo-AK syllabus for practitioners who have never studied manual muscle testing before: 

·Basic concepts, techniques and methods of examination and treatment 

·Spinal and pelvic

· Orthopaedic – extremity peripheral nerve entrapment

· Cranial


· Neurological organisation

· Mental Emotional

· Acupuncture / meridian therapy

· Systemic, nutritional related problems

Foundation 1-5 syllabus order may change a little!

1 & 2 

Muscle tests – 10 new muscle tests approximately per day.

Introduction to Osteo-AK

Accurate muscle testing

Basic concepts

The Health Triad

Glossary of basic terms

Factors than influence the Muscle Test

Causes of muscle interference

Factors of spinal interference

1. Nerve

2. Lymphatic

3. Vascular

4. Cerebrospinal fluid

5. Meridian

Proprioceptors, cutaneous receptors, scars

Muscle-organ-acupuncture meridian-nutrition relationships and related spinal levels

Acupuncture meridian–emotion associations

Visceral referred pain

Muscle facilitation

Examination and treatment procedures

How body language shows signs of muscle weakness through posture and gait observation

Postural analysis & body language

Temporal Sphenoidal line

Diagnostoc Localisation & Challenge

Cranial stress reflexes

Hand and foot gait reflexes

Acupuncture pulse points

Beginning and Ending points

Meridian Times

Local Muscle Interference

Origin and insertion techniques

Muscle spindle cells

Muscle golgi tendon organs

Trigger points

Muscle stretch reaction

Ligament stretch reaction

ESR - Emotional Stress Reflexes and Nutrition

Temporal tapping

Nutritional testing

Testing for adverse compounds

Muscles 1-20

Muscles associated with vertebral fixation  



Gluteus Maximus


Teres Major

Lower trapezius

Neck extensors


Gluteus medius

Spinal and Pelvic stability 






Tensor Fascia Lata



-rectus abdominis

-transverse abdominals

Quadratus lumborum

Latissimus Dorsi

Pectoralis Major Clavicular

Foundation 3-4

Different challenges

Different types of adjustment

Spinal, Pelvic and extremity subluxations

Subluxation – Muscle associations

Fixation – Muscle associations



Upper cervical

C7-T1 limbic

Piriformis syndrome

Ilio-Psoas Syndrome

Ilio-lumbar ligament

Ligament interlink

Strain-Counterstrain technique

Spondylogenic reflex technique

Intraosseous subluxation

Reactive muscle patterns

Aerobic and Anaerobic muscle function

Retrograde and antegrade lymphatic’s


Body into distortion diagnostic techniques

Weight bearing diagnostic techniques

Muscles 21-49

Anterior tibial

Posterior tibial


Toe flexors

Toe extensors




Quadratus Lumborum

Pectoralis Clavicular

Pectoralis Sternal

Pectoralis Minor

Serratus Anticus



Teres Minor






Opponens –pollicis

Opponens digiti minimi


Neck Flexors, SCM



Mid trapezius

Upper trapezius

Deltoid (three divisions)


Levator scapulae

Foundation 5

Trouble shooting

Areas of Challenge

Tolerance to Correction

Challenge induced hypertonicity

Lumbar disc

Cervical disc

Psychological reversal

Cross crawl exercise


Flower remedies

Advanced 6-10

Will deepen understanding by focussing on orthopaedic / spinal-pelvic and extremity conditions, Acupuncture, Cranial, Systemic and Neurological organisation. More time may be spent on one module than another according to participant interest.   

Advanced 6 

Orthopaedic conditions
Review week one by testing muscles regionally

Injury recall techniques

Body into distortion

Adverse Proprioceptive Input

Principles of regional muscle testing and detecting and correcting peripheral joint subluxations and Peripheral nerve entrapment 


Posterior-Inferior/Superior, Anterior-Superior/Inferior & Posterior-Lateral Sacral subluxations

Sacral Foundation fixation

Sequential Sacral Jamming fixation

Coccyx subluxations

Lumbar subluxations

Symphysis pubis subluxations

Pelvic floor weakness

Bilateral Anterior Pelvic torsion

Posterior-Inferior, Anterior-Superior & Internal/External flare Sacroiliac joint subluxations

Posterior-Inferior Occiput subluxation

Anterior-Superior Occipital condyle subluxation

Posterior-Inferior spinous processes

Thoracic subluxations

Cervical subluxations

Vertebral Facet lock / Imbrication


Muscle – fascial paths

Shock absorber test


Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Pronator teres syndrome







Functional hallux rigidus/limitus

Post-traumatic swelling

Orthotics & functional short leg


Patello-femoral stress syndrome


Iliotibial band

Fibula subluxation

Shoulder and shoulder girdle

Slipped biceps tendon

Pectoralis minor syndrome 

Sternal fixations

Rib subluxations

Shoulder joints evaluation and treatment





subacromial articulation



Carpal tunnel syndrome

Piso-hamate syndrome

Ulnar sulcus syndrome

Scaphoid-trapezium subluxation

Supinator syndrome

Advanced 7-8

Cranial & TMJ

Review pelvic categories and ensure spine is subluxation and fixation free prior to commencing cranial work.

Cranial motion review & history & development of cranial techniques.

Pelvic categories and gaits effects on the cranial system

Techniques to identify cranial faults.

Testing for a hidden cranial component

Depressive tendencies and cranial faults

Toxicity through the blood–brain barrier

The main cranial corrections in AK.

Cranial correction short cut

Spheno-basilar compression

Unified cranio-sacral technique

Universal SOT cranial release

Universal cranio-sacral fault

Learning disability cranial fault

Spheno-basilar inspiration assist fault

Spheno-basilar expiration assist fault

Symphysis menti and maxillary cranial fault

Glabella cranial fault, nasal and oral inspiration

Temporal bulge cranial fault

Parietal descent cranial fault

Internal and External Frontal cranial fault

Naso-sphenoid cranial fault

Spheno-palatine cranial fault

Sutural faults – sagittal, squamosal, lambdoidal, zygomatic 

Sacral respiratory assist faults

Sacral wobble

Atlanto-occipital countertorque

Spheno-basilar vertical and lateral strain 

Filium terminale /cephalad lift technique/ meningeal release

Occipital release / jugular decompression

Muscle correlations with the teeth, the neurological tooth

Review neurovascular cranial reflexes, stress receptors and other cranial reflexes


TMJ & Jaw muscles 

TMJ assessment and correction with AK 

TMJ related cranial faults


Muscle correlations with the teeth, the neurological tooth

Neurological organisation and disorganisation.

Causes of neurological disorganisation

The relationship between gait reflexes and cranial faults

Muscular imbalance and cranial faults

Gait testing, prone, supine, standing, walking

Cloacal synchronisation

Key reflex points to correct disorganisation

Cross crawl advanced patterns

Sensory receptors

Ocular lock

Hidden switching

Testing for poor memory

Visual circuitary

Testing for poor organisational skills

Cranial reflex centres for learning difficulties

Reflex into distortion

Retained / Regained Primitive Reflexes and the cranial system (and corrective exercises)

Hidden dural torque and associated findings

Cranial nerve testing and corrections

Idiopathic Scoliosis


Advanced 9

Acupuncture meridian therapy & Emotional-Mental Health

Review week one by testing muscles in the order of meridians finding under and over energised meridians.

Yin & Yang


Circulation of energy

Main meridians

Diagnostics: Pulse diagnosis and Alarm points

Tonification and sedation points

Associated points 

Association point therapy

Primary Alarm point technique

Alarm point – nutrition association

Umbilical scar and postural balance

Scars, tissue damage and meridian flow

Emotional Stress Techniques

Flower remedies

B & E techniques

Emotional backache

Emotional subluxations

Correction with emotional recall

Time line subluxations

Emotional regression

Emotional origin technique

Cellular memory and somatic dysfunction

Injury recall and birth memory

Deep seated emotions

Unconscious emotions

Daily emotional clearing

Understated affirmations

Simple affirmation corrections

Psychological reversal, emotional sabotage

Positive and Negative emotional patterns  

Additional emotional stress reflexes

Advanced 10

Systemic problems and Nutrition, review muscles associated with key organs

Use of homoeopathic nosodes to track biochemical complex pathways e.g. energy pathway, pain, inflammation.

Muscle organ relationships related to nutritional testing, NL pain change

Dehydration, the effect on muscle strength

Visceral therapy localization points

51 %ers

B & E points, neurotransmitters and associated nutrition

Structural patterns of chemical imbalances

Body quadrants and mineral balance

Lateral thoracic challenges, fats and inflammation

Lactic acid from muscle fatigue

Chemical aspects of pain control

Key toxins

Allergies and food sensitivities

Food combining

Detoxification and Inflammation

Digestive disturbances

Ileocaecal valve

Cardiovascular dysfunction

Thoracic dysfunction

Genito-urinary dysfunction

Hormone imbalances

Uterine lift technique


Blood sugar handling

Kidney and gall stones