Erik Dalton, PhD

Myo – (prefix): A prefix denoting a relationship to muscle.

Skeletal (adjective): Of, relating to, or functioning as a skeleton.

Myoskeletal Alignment is a term developed and coined by Erik Dalton, PhD, in the early 80s after seeing a need for a more integrative perspective on pain management in the human body.
After spending years working as a certified Rolfer® and studying under legendary figures such as Vladimir Janda, M.D., and Phillip Greenman, DO, Erik realized that a much broader approach was needed to better help his clients in pain. Erik’s fascination with Janda’s upper and lower crossed syndromes challenged him to figure a way to incorporate and teach this elegant posturofunctional model to the massage and bodywork community.

In 1998, his first Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques book and videos were released. This very popular home-study course included Dalton’s “Dirty-Dozen” routines for assessing and correcting pain problems associated with Janda’s commonly seen postural model. It was then that Myoskeletal Alignment — an integrative marriage of the work of Vladimir Janda, Rolfing, and manipulative osteopathy — was born.
This is Erik’s greatest contribution to the field of manual medicine: Working from the knowledge that the body’s myofascial and skeletal systems are inseparable. What affects one always affects the other. Accordingly, Myoskeletal Alignment focuses on treating stubborn pain conditions by mobilizing joints through muscle manipulation.

Today’s Myoskeletal bodywork professional will learn:

  • How to assess and correct muscle imbalance patterns using Dr. Vladimir Janda’s upper and lower crossed syndromes
  • How to safely integrate Golgi tendon, ligament friction, facet recoil, assisted stretching, and muscle spindle techniques
  • How to correct forward head postures, Dowager’s Humps, SI Pain, scoliosis
  • How to treat dural-drag at the occiput, C2 and coccyx
  • How to break neurological pain cycles with special Myoskeletal Receptor Techniques
  • How to integrate practice-building joint-stretching and functional movement routines
  • How to evolve your clients to a new state of health… the Myoskeletal way!

Therapists also learn six dynamic ways to identify and correct conditions such as sciatica, lumbago, scoliosis, dowager’s humps, rib dysfunction, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff injuries, forward head postures, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Learn breakthrough therapeutic approaches!

Treat chronic soft tissue pain with Dalton’s Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques™

“Learn to fix low back pain and you’ll always have a full practice…”
– A. T. Still, MD, Founder of Osteopathy
“All means prove a blunt instrument if they have not behind them a living spirit.”
Albert Einstein

Paul is an amazing practitioner. I was privileged to have him work on me at the AMTA in Fort Worth this past September. Thank you so much! JENNIFER MERCIER BOONE


I have had the privilege to have worked with Paul and still on occasions. Paul is one of the most gifted and dedicated practitioners and teacher I know. Go Paul! Rudolph Munoz

I’m extremely impressed with Paul’s level of knowledge and approach to health and therapy. He has helped me tremendously in just two sessions. Matt Lee

Thanks, Paul, for keeping me rolling! Beaver Fleming

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Following a motorcycle accident, The Temple Human Performance helped me completely recover from a broken scapula. Thanks to the treatments and rehabilitative exercises, I was able to heal completely and have full range of motion with no surgery or other procedures. Paul Rathke

I’ve worked with Paul for years. He has given me all the tools I need to keep my body running just the way it was designed. He works with my entire body symmetry to maximize my potential on the field. Morgan Cox, Baltimore Ravens #46

Thanks for keeping me on the field, never felt so good! Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs Punter

Paul has worked wonders with my strength & flexibility despite my ongoing joint problems He has a very caring personality and his dedication to his field makes him excellent at what he does. I’ve worked with him for over 10 years now and feel wonderful! Melinda Shier