The Institute of Classical Osteopathy (ICO), a registered charity, was established in 1956 by the late John Wernham and T.E. Hall.

Its aims are to:

  • Preserve, explore and develop the osteopathic concept and philosophy as formulated by A.T. Still and further interpreted by J.M. Littlejohn.
  • Help the postgraduate osteopath gain a deeper understanding of the anatomical and physiological relationship of body mechanics to health and disease and how that knowledge may be applied clinically to enable a precise diagnosis and safe treatment.
  • Provide mentored postgraduate training in classical osteopathy in the UK and throughout the world.
  • Bring together and support members of the osteopathic profession worldwide who follow a classical approach.


The Institute maintains its role by running postgraduate courses, workshops and conferences to help osteopaths interpret and apply classical osteopathic concepts. It also offers a unique mentored clinical training programme at the London Clinic of Classical Osteopathy - a community based clinic in North London and has numerous affiliations with educational groups throughout Europe, Canada and Japan.

The Institute has over the years published a series of academic books, Yearbooks and DVDs – all of which are available for purchase on-line. The next publication is planned for release in 2017 – this being a historically significant year for osteopathy in that it will be 100 years since John Martin Littlejohn founded the British School of Osteopathy and 70 years since his death in 1947.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries regarding classical osteopathy or any of our courses or publications.