Fast Track to Better Practice – Introduction to Constitutional Technique (Practical Day)


A practical day with Howard Beardmore DO


Important Information

  • To book, email Howard at or call 01189 885293
  • Applications for this practical course will only be accepted from delegates who have successfully completed Part 1 (Online Learning Films 1-4) and Part 2 (Summative Assessment Films 1-4) of this series
  • Applications will only be accepted from Osteopaths and Osteopathic students currently training at a recognised college
    10am – 4pm in Reading, Berkshire.
  • This course is only available for registered Osteopaths and students currently enrolled on an RQ Osteopathic course pathway



This Practical training course is only available to either registered Osteopaths or Osteopathic students currently enrolled on an RQ Osteopathic course pathway.

Learning practical bodywork technique can be a difficult process, especially if you have not really been a patient nor had the opportunity to treat someone and get real time feedback. Others may have some idea but not be familiar with how to apply the method to its maximum affect. This introductory course will effectively sweep away the gaps and show you how to apply a general bodywork routine that will stir up a constitutional reaction.
To keep this day as focused as possible, our small class will only consist of British Institute of Osteopathy Fast Track delegates who have all successfully completed Part 1 and Part 2 of Fast Track to Better Practice. This gives added value as we can focus more on technique and bring alive what you have already learned.
All handouts to support subjects covered with be provided on the day as part of the course resources.

Continuing The Learning Journey

I have taught Osteopathy for over 20 years, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and believe the only way to master technique is to give supportive and constructive feedback to delegates in real time.

Each delegate is completely unique with regards to where help may or may not be required, so having a class of 50 students isn’t really the right way to do it. What is unique about this course is that the learning is tailored to your needs. My job of a teacher is to support you personally – and help you gain the skills you need.

The online course will have already introduced the method by demonstrating the order of the routine with dynamic films showing holding and narratives on factors to consider such as how to pick up limbs and what to be aware of during the articulation of joints. What you will get here is real time feedback on what it feels like to treat correctly so we take the theory into practice.

Whatever your starting point, being a patient of this approach is an important part of understanding the work. When you experience the potency of a constitutional stir up and see the value of its action, your patient mentoring will have more integrity and becomes more intuitive.

What You Will Learn

There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss cases you may be working on, treat any delegates who have problems, answer questions about methods & techniques and how to approach a case live.

We will work in pairs, providing opportunities to get one-to-one feedback on aspects of the bodywork routine. This is one of the best ways to tailor the learning to what you need.

Please note that completion of this practical day, ‘Introduction to Constitutional Technique’, does not automatically mean that delegates are fully proficient in this approach.

Subjects Covered

  • Contraindications – to a constitutional approach – opening up the ‘cohorts of patients’
  • Invisible holding – how to hold the patient so they let go
  • Points of reaction – when to pause and when to continue
  • Seamless articulation – moving from one area to another
  • Reducing the sympathetic tone, preparation for cleaning action
  • Reactions to treatment – mentoring the patient, explaining the process and communicating risks and benefits
  • Oscillating the spine – setting up for bone adjustment
  • Adjusting the spine and pelvis – one long conjoint movement
  • Adjusting the dorsal spine – a process of integration
  • An introduction to the cervicals – the entry level articulatory adjustment
  • Peripheral technique – tidying up loose ends – feet, hands, elbows, knees, liver and ‘reflex shoulders’
  • Preparatory technique in chronicity – dealing with contracture as a pathway to better adjustment
  • Drainage – the value of local work as a mediator to reactions and preparation for chronic cases
  • Dietetic considerations – a baseline of requirements, eliminatory foods, upbuilding foods and energy foods