Dr. J. M. Littlejohn’s Lectures on the Fundamentals of Osteopathic Technique


Author: John Wernham
Pages: 291
ISBN: 978-1-909052-12-3
Language: English



Dr. J. M. Littlejohn’s Lectures on The Fundamentals of Osteopathic Technique have been edited by John Wernham DO FCO.

Dr. John Martin Littlejohn, PhD LLD DD, founded the British School of Osteopathy in 1917 and remained as Dean until his death in 1947.  John Wernham was a student at the British School of Osteopathy in the 1930s; Dr. Littlejohn became his close friend and mentor.

For over 70 years, John Wernham studied, lectured and practised in accordance with Dr. Littlejohn’s teaching and, in addition, produced a considerable library of osteopathic texts dealing with the Principles, Technique and Practice, as they were laid down by Dr. Littlejohn.

In 1984 John Wernham founded the Maidstone College of Osteopathy devoted to the teaching of Dr. J. M. Littlejohn.  The College was renamed The John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy in 1996 in honour of its Founder.  The College continues the legacy left by John Wernham through the Clinic, Postgraduate Courses on Classical Osteopathy, printing and publishing the texts.

Dr. J. M. Littlejohn’s Lectures are held in the John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy Archive.

Gail Roots BSc(Hons)
Principal  JWCCO
Maidstone  2011


  • Technique of Osteopathy
  • The Osteopathic Lesion
    • The Vertebral Processes–The Articular Facets–The Intervertebral Discs–Function of the Discs–The Spine–The Ligaments–Mechanics of the Sacro-Iliac Joint–Nerve Relations of the Sacro-Iliac Joint– The Ribs–The Physiology of Rib Movement–Muscles and Ribs–The Normal Movements of the Spine–Subluxations–The Pathology of Lesions–Technique of Diagnosis–Hard Tissue Palpation–Rib Palpation–Visceral Palpation–Measuremental Methods–Mobility–Secondary Lesions–Compensatory Lesions–The Lumbar Area–The Dorsal Arch–The Cervical Region–Types of Lesion–Vertebral Palpation–Examination of the Patient–Position of the Operator–Group Palpation Palpation of the Different Groups–Dorsal and Lumbar Palpation–Sacral and Coccygeal Palpation– Subluxation–The Tilting Lesion–Approximation of Vertebrae–Lateral Subluxations–Anterior Subluxations–Posterior Subluxations–Occipital Lesions–Technique Adjustment–Etiology of Lesions and of Disease–Structure and Function–Structural Pathology–The Primary Short Lower Extremity–Diagnosis–Palpation–The Somatic Field–The Visceral System
  • The Sympathetic Nervous System
    • Pathological Changes in Connection with Lesions–Preparatory and Corrective Treatment
  • The Grouping of the Centres
    • The Upper Dorsal Group–The Lower Dorsal Group–Upper Cervical Lesions–Technique of Treatment–Soft Tissue Adjustment–Dorsal Area–Specific Methods of Correction–Lower Dorsal 5–12–The Sacro-Iliac Articulations–The Two-Man Technique

Additional information

Weight1000 g
Dimensions297 × 210 × 30 mm