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Dorn Spinal Alignment therapy

What is Dorn Method?

The Dorn method is a form of manual, holistic alternative therapy used to correct misalignments in the spinal column and other joints. In its theoretical approach, it is related to chiropractic and osteopathy, although it is different in its practical application.

The Dorn method consists of a range of simple exercises and techniques which aim to help joints and vertebrae slip back into their natural positions using a unique approach which involves the active participation of the patient.

What is Dorn Method based on?

The Dorn method is based on the correction of uneven leg length, which can be diagnosed in almost every human. Sitting with crossed legs, wrong sitting positions and wrong stretching exercises can cause a subluxation of the hip joint and lead to a difference in leg length. When sitting and crossing legs, the femural head (bone of the upper leg) is levered out of its natural position in the hip socket, because in a sitting position the muscles around the hip joint are relaxed and do not stabilize the joint as they would while standing. Because of that, the pelvis becomes twisted, and this can result in an asymmetrical, crooked or displaced spinal column.

Corrections of joint or spinal cord misalignments are done in a 'dynamic', moving action with the client actually assisting the Dorn therapist by swinging their leg, arm or head depending upon the area being worked on to generate muscle movement or 'distraction'. This active participation by the client helps joints to be brought back into their proper positions quite easily, without the need for strong force, making Dorn a very safe and gentle treatment.

Is Dorn Method new?

Dorn Method was developed in the 1970s by the German healer Dieter Dorn. Early students of Dorn, like Helmuth Koch (who coined the name Dornmethode), Hildegard Steinhauser, and Harald Fleig, started to teach the method in the 1990s, enabling its use to spread in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Dorn intended for it to become a folk medicine, free from trademark or copyright so it was universally accessible.

Is Dorn Method Safe?

This form of manual therapy can be considered very safe since the adjustments are only done in co-operation with the client during the movement of the joint to be adjusted. Dorn involves no thrust moves or use of heavy force. The therapy never goes past the personal pain limit of the client so injury is basically not possible. There are no reports of any problems in the 40 years history of the Dorn Method.

Following a session of Dorn method, there may be dull muscular pain or mild tenderness at the correction points. Mild Detoxification symptoms may be experienced. It is advised not to carry any heavy loads or exert strain on the back for a few days.

Who will benefit from Dorn Method?

The Dorn Method focuses on the alleviation of common back and joint pain including neck pain, the hip, knees, shoulder, jaw, etc., and correction of leg length difference. Dorn is also used with patients who suffer from Migraines or headaches. Dorn therapy can be beneficial for other health problems as well.

Dorn is not suitable for the following conditions:

  • Acute Inflammation/Fever

  • Paralysis

  • Acute Migraine attacks

  • Recent accidents

  • Post-surgery of Back

  • Acute Prolapse of Intervertebral Disc

  • Immobility

How many sessions will be required?

Mild problems may be resolved in one to three sessions of treatment. However in longstanding chronic problems, several sessions may be required.