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Diana Mossop

Podo Rhacidian Therapy by Diana Mossop

Published 15/04/2012 04:10:57


By Professor Sir Michael Nightingale 1992

Dean of the International Univeristy of Complementary Medicine  


Structural integrity is probably the most important single factor in the preservation of good health. The concept that `structure governs function' or that structure and function are dynamically interrelated' is the cornerstone of both osteopathy and chiropractic. Both these modalities seek to establish normal mobility and architectural relationship in order to restore and maintain optimum health.


Modern research has confirmed that spinal manipulation may improve visceral functioning as well as remove spinal pain and enhance immunity. Similar approaches such as the Alexander Principle and The Felderkrais Method emphasise correct posture and movement to enhance the general standard of health.


Podo-Rhacidian Therapy is a unique, simple and entirely non-traumatic system of treating lesions of the cranium and vertebrae. So simple that it obviates the complex postural re-education of Alexander and the direct adjustments of conventional manipulation therapies. PRT was developed by Diana Mossop who saw the need to treat structural problems, in conjunction with her therapeutic system based upon the use of Flower Formulas, in the most simple and gentle method possible..


Some classical osteopaths have maintained that you could not correct the abnormal to normal. However, by finding and correcting the primary lesion, it is possible to prompt the body's own innate ability to correct the compensations, which it has induced to protect itself. Diana discovered that it was necessary to go to the nervous system in order to deal with these lesions. It was most obvious that it was primarily necessary to go to the cranial nerves in order to find out how lesions had occurred. She discovered how each of them is susceptible to different emotions, infective organisms, vaccines and toxic substances. After much painstaking research she made the astounding discovery that simple gentle mobilisation of the ligaments of peripheral joints, mainly the digits of the hands and feet would result in releasing the bony lesions. That these movements do in fact correct cranial/sacral and spinal lesions has been verified by osteopathic examination, galvanometer testing and by Applied Kinesiology. The amazing results achieved with her patients are the final and most important validation of this method.


Podo-Rhacidian Therapy is a gentle non-invasive mobilisation and massage technique which releases muscle spasm and allows the body’s own innate ability to correct itself from postural misalignment. Diana Mossop observed that when she administered Flower Formulas to assist with emotional trauma and as antidotes to various chemical, viral or disease taints, the body posture tended to shift immediately into a more comfortable position. Developing this observation with very accurate EAV Galvanometer testing she was able to establish that the vibration of elements, chemicals and diseases had a direct bearing on the area of lesions which occurred in the spine and therefore the cranium and sacrum.


In order to assist the patient in this postural re-alignment she developed a gentle method of mobilising and massaging the joints of the hands and feet, which she discovered released the lesions further. She them observed that mobilisation of certain digits had a direct action on specific areas of the spine. When she investigated the relationship she was surprised to discover that each digit of the hands and feet related specifically to bones of the cranium, sacrum and the vertebra. Her findings led her to develop her therapy by connecting the lesions to the nervous system. Investigation of the 12 pairs of Cranial Nerves, which she then related to the acupuncture meridians, led her to define specific misalignment patterns that were created both by emotional disharmony and disease.


Since Diana bases her philosophy of Phytobiophysics on the principle that we live on all levels of consciousness, spiritual, moral and physical she also strongly believes that emotional states are the primary cause of toxic accumulation. Furthermore Diana discovered that by releasing lesions, the patient frequently recalled traumatic and painful memories of the past.  Toxins were also being released into the system. She concluded that lesions were therefore being caused by emotional block resulting in toxic storage. She discovered that treatment was much more effective and lasting, when combined with the administration of the Flower Formulas and therefore thought it wise to restrict the training of Podo-Rhacidian Therapy to those practitioners who could properly support the patient with antidotes.



Podo-Rhacidian utilises the body’s own energy or vital force to correct disturbances which have themselves occurred under the influence of this force.  However, since most lesions are known to be compensations, it is essential to treat the fundamental lesion. If this is not done, compensatory lesions will merely recur and the treatment will never be completely successful. PRT always seeks to do this.


As already explained, it is necessary to provide additional treatment to deal with underlying problems such as metal poisoning, drug toxicity, previous vaccination, parasitic infections, metabolic disorders, degenerative problems and other factors militating against the restoration of full health. These underlying factors are frequently the root cause of the primary lesions. The philosophy of Phytobiophysics and utilisation of Flower and Tree Formulas is the principal armature for this purpose, however homeopathy, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, tissue salts and other methods may also be used effectively.


The spine is the receptor organ functioning as a co-ordinator of all incoming impulses. Spinal adjustment is of little value unless the sympathetic nervous system is balanced through the agency of the great plexuses. It has been verified that PRT, when used correctly, achieves this.




The diagnosis of musculo-skeletal lesions may be made by physical examination and mobility testing using Applied Kinesiology. [Practitioner carries out a muscle test before and after the patient Therapy Localises [TLs] the suspected area] The preferred method for therapists of Phytobiophysics is by galvanometer testing. In this case a contact is made with an appropriate measuring point [Voll Pancreas CMP, Spleen 1 on the right big toe] whilst the patient touches the joint. Unless the therapist is able to identify the site of the lesions by palpation and mobility testing, one of the above mentioned methods needs to be employed. If AK is used alone it is a lengthy procedure since it is necessary to TL every vertebra in order to obtain a true picture of the spinal status. The method of utilising galvanometer readings is the most effective and accurate method.



A fundamental principle of PRT is that for every lesion in the cranium, there will always be a corresponding lesion on the opposite side of the sacrum. For every lesion in the upper vertebrae there will always be a corresponding lesion in the lower vertebrae. The side of the lesion will alternate subsequentially.  Having identified a lesion it is necessary to identify the corresponding lesion, since both lesions have to be corrected. The corresponding lesion will always be on the opposite side of the spine. To test the inter-relationship, the AK method `two pointing' has to be employed. This is done by the therapist contacting one lesion whilst the patient contacts the other. If the muscle strengthens the lesions are inter-related.  The essence of two pointing is that when either of the points is Therapy Localised by itself an indicator muscle will weaken but, if they are related, when both are Therapy Localised together the indicator muscle will be strong.  When using a galvanometer it will read normal.


               When using AK it is important to follow certain basic rules:


·        The best muscle group to use is the deltoid. The arm should be held at 90 degrees to the body. The therapist should slowly apply pressure to the arm in order to return it to the normal position. At the same time the patient should be instructed to resist the pressure or to `hold'.

·        It is essential to obtain a strong reaction in the clear.

·        The doctor [practitioner's] hand should be applied just below the patient's wrist and not on the hand or over the wrist joints.

·        In the event of doubt about the reaction, a weakness may be induced by running the finger tips down the Ren vessel from Ren 22-Ren 2. The muscle should be normalised again by running the hand in the reverse direction after testing.

·        In the event of obtaining contradictory readings, the patient should be temporarily balanced by simultaneously rubbing the TMJs in an anterior/posterior direction and Ki14 medio-laterally.


All lesions should be carefully recorded in a sequential order.


During treatment the patient must Therapy Localise the lesion whilst the practitioner mobilises the relevant digit.


Anthony Mossop, is now the leading lecturer and trainer of Podo Rhacidian Therapy and holds course worldwide.

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