About the treatment
The Dorn Method is a gentle spinal column and joint treatment designed to help alleviate back pain and headaches, caused by misaligned vertebrae or a difference in leg lengths. It’s a non-manipulative treatment that can help joints and vertebrae slip back into their original position through dynamic movements. For example, the client aids the therapist by swinging a leg, the arms or moving the head depending on the area the therapist is working on.
The Dorn Method is a gentle, ‘fix-in-motion’ method which can be controlled by the client themselves. No force, twisting or cracking methods are used. It has a holistic approach and a unique self-help guide that enhances the therapy. Every step of the therapy can be done at home so you can continue to treat yourself. This helps to stabilise the progress made during the session and improve the healing between sessions.
The idea behind this technique is based on one leg appearing to be slightly longer than the other, but you may not even be aware of it. We start with measuring the lengths of your legs. If the leg is anatomically longer, this technique may not necessarily be the right one for you, but most of the time we find that it is only a functional discrepancy. This means that the ankle, knee or hip may be slightly out of alignment and can be adjusted in a very gentle way before we look at the sacroiliac area and then the rest of the spine and joints. Whatever we find, you will have some exercises to do at home which need to be completed for a few weeks - not the rest of your life! This helps the body get used to the new position. I often see clients coming in with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and walking out with a straight back and considerably less or no pain at all!
This Dorn Method, named after the German founder Dieter Dorn, has been practiced and accepted in German-speaking countries for the last 30-40 years. It’s still new to the UK.
What kind of conditions will it help?
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Hip/knee/ankle problems
- Jaw problems
- Shoulder problems and more