The Constitutional Approach to Therapeutics Physiological Sphere (Part 2) – Osteopathic Principles


Part 2 continues the learning journey and builds on Part 1 by digging deeper, exploring “constitutional physiology”. Here we explore the clinical value of osteopathic principles, a core part of the knowledge needed to take theory into practice. Restoring health not treating pathology.


Important Information

  • 1.25 hours of film instruction
  • Downloadable notes, bullet points & essays – gives you 6 hours of CPD
  • Online assessment – certificate upon successful completion with CPD totals you can print off as evidence of learning
  • New added bibliography to give you more options to increase your learning and gain extra CPD points
  • Mentoring during the online parts 1 and 2, covering films 1-4, is about helping you with interpretation and understanding the concepts of the constitutional approach.
  • Discussing live cases with delegates who are new to this process is reserved for delegates who have attended Practical instruction courses only. For clarification on this contact
There are 1.25 hours of film in this course ‘physiological principles’, but if you include the study of the extensive downloads, keynotes and bullet points for film 2, coupled with the online assessments, you are looking at a lot more CPD covering – for ‘learning by oneself’.
You can also claim the ‘learning with others component’ when you include the one to one communication on aspects of the course, with Howard, as part of the online mentoring for each section of the course.
Keep copies of emails and phone discussions as a record of extended ‘learning with others’ learning throughout the online course.



Medical physiology books cannot be used as the basis for constitutional therapies because they are too reductionist and focus on pathology rather than what patients actually need to be well.

The body is an interactive biome, not a list of separated unrelated, isolated specialisms. To understand how to make a constitutional diagnosis, we need physiological principles that incorporate and acknowledge the relationships you will need to know to practice effectively.

We explore constitutional principles of how the blood moves, how the viscera ‘talks’ and bring alive the range of principles from the ‘fields of diagnosis road map’. This equips you, the Practitioner to really unpack a case and understand why your patients are not well.

I have evolved this study of constitutional physiological principles to make clinical sense in the modern Osteopathic practice. This will help you to see more clearly, how to support the patient to regain their health.

Building On The Learning Journey

In this film we now build on the core ideas of the constitutional immune system with a strong set of physiological principles to deepen your understanding. When patients present you with their problems you will need a whole range of thinking tools to get to the root of the possible causes and this is the purpose of Film 2.

What You Will Learn

Why physiological principles are a necessary guide to both good diagnostic process and an accurate diagnosis. Principles help us to understand the clinical reactions your patients will unravel through, so you can keep control of the direction your patient is going in. They also guide you to making good clinical decisions, you cannot practice safely without them.

I use these principles every day in practice to map out a treatment plan for all of my patients. Thorough knowledge of the fields of reaction allows us to convey to the patient, with conviction, that we have a plan and we know what we are doing.

I demonstrate, using real case histories, how principles can easily translate into sound clinical understanding and help your journey to real practice satisfaction.

Which group of patients are we aiming at approaching on this course?

Each part of the 4 part film course is intended to give the practitioner enough underpinning theory and knowledge to be able to approach patients in groups 1 and 2 in the ‘cohorts of patients’.

For more information on the ‘cohorts of patients’ you can purchase the 3 diagnostic charts used throughout the course here:

Constitutional diagnostic charts

Film 2 Contents

  • Vasomotion
    • Core vasomotor principles
    • The physical principles of blood and fluid movement
    • The blood vessels and the nervous system
    • Tools to use in practice
  • The skin as a diagnostic field
    • Osteopathic principles in action
    • ‘Seeing vasomotion in action’ (Illustrated with cases)
  • Visceramotion
    • Key principles of visceramotion
    • Useful visceramotor diagostic reflexes
    • Treating the viscera constitutionally (Illustrated with cases)
  • Secretormotion
    • Diagnostic constitutional principles
  • The neuroendocrine system
    • Day to day action and emergency action
    • Balancing the ‘overdrive’
    • A unifying approach to diagnostics and treatment
    • Diversity of symptoms explained
  • Dietetics for day to day
  • The reserve
    • A factor to evaluating the prognosis
  • Proximate principles
    • The external factors that feed into diagnosis