The Dorn Technique

It is an holistic approach to treating misalignments in the spine and joints and promotes self help and maintenance.

Background

Developed in the 1970’s by Dieter Dorn in the South of Germany. In 2010 the Dorn Method Therapist Association was formed in the UK. This national organisation provides a Code of ethics, a Practice Agreement and a set of minimum standards. It also sets out to increase awareness and public perception.

The Principals

  1. Correction of imbalances in the body through a dynamic approach which requires full active participation of the client.
  2. Promotion of better posture to prevent future spine and joint pain. Helps reduce tense muscles, stressed tissues and nerves.
  3. Introduction to self help exercises to maintain alignment and take ownership of their future health.

What The Dorn Method treats

Scoliosis, Back and Neck pain, Sciatica, Shoulder problems, different leg length and other structural problems. It is recommended as a complimentary treatment prior to all therapies. It can also help with internal, chronic conditions such as head aches, migraine, Tinnitus and carpal Tunnel syndrome.
Before going ahead with the treatment a discussion takes place ruling out any contraindications. They also fill out the consent form
Please see below the example.

Consultation Form for the Dorn Method/Breuss Massage

The following information is required for your safety and to benefit your health. Whilst the Dorn Method/ Breuss Massage is a very safe treatment, there are certain conditions which may require special attention and it may be necessary for you to consult your GP before treatment can be given.

Name………………………………………………………………..DOB………………………… Address…………………………………………………………………………………………. Email……………………………………………………………Tel/Mob………………………. Occupation…………………………………Active/Sedentary………………………………… GP Name and Address………………………………………………………………………….. Problem presented today? ………………………………………………………………………. Have you seen a Doctor? Yes/No How long have you had the problem for? ………………. Have you had treatment and what? ……………………………………………………………. Are you taking medication? ……………………………………………………………………. Do you exercise? Y/N If yes, what! ………………………………………………………………………………… Do you suffer from any of the following?

Back Pain ( )
Joint Problems ( )
Muscle Aches/Pains ( ) Headaches/Migraines ( ) Skin problems ( )
Stress ( )
Asthma ( )
Heart condition ( ) Digestive problems ( ) Diabetes ( )
Recent accident/fractures ( ) Immobility ( )
High blood pressure ( )

Neck Pain ( )
Sleep Problems ( )
Fused discs ( )
Arthritis ( )
Acute prolapsed disc ( ) Rheumatism ( ) Osteoporosis ( )
Acute inflammation/fever ( ) Operation on the back ( ) Numbness in arms/legs ( ) Sciatica ( ) Pins/plates/insertions ( ) Low blood pressure ( )

Other ……………………………………………………………………………………………

Client Declaration

I declare that the information I have given is true and correct and that I wish to try the Dorn Method. I have been fully informed about contra-indications and am willing to proceed with treatment. I understand that the Dorn Method is not a substitute for medical treatment and no promise of any healing or other health benefits has been made to me.

Client signature…………………………………………………..Date……………………………..

What causes misalignment?

It is the result of wrong movements such as lifting something awkwardly or crossing the legs when sitting. I explain this to the patient so they know how to avoid it in the future.
The problems usually start in the hip joint. The head of the femur may, for example when you cross your legs, bump in to top of the acetabular Labrum of the hip and lever itself out of its correct position. If this happens it causes tension in the attached muscles of the hip and that will lead to a twisting or tilting of the hip plate and this will cause a difference in leg lengths. This difference means the hips are no longer aligned and this will lead to a problem with the sacrum. The inclined pelvis and the shift of the sacrum together with the different leg lengths makes it impossible for the spinal column to stay straight because it now needs to react between two positions. The straight position in the neck region and the tilted position of the hips region which means the spine naturally adjusts and leaves a spinal misalignment.

This can result in a single shifted vertebrae or, in time, a curvature such as scoliosis.
Dorn Therapy starts with a check of the leg lengths and, if necessary, I adjust using my hands and certain correction movements.
Next the hip is checked, looking at the sacral position and correcting this.
Then upwards covering the Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical areas of the spine using my hands to palpate along the spine trying to feel for any imbalances using my thumbs for gentle mobilisation I try to shift the bones back into their proper position. Once the spine is checked and corrected I then continue on to the joints such as the shoulder, elbow, hand, finger, jaw, sternum and clavicle. With gentle, gradual increased force it acts as counter pressure. Basically the patient is pushing against my thumb or hand. The bones are shifted back into their proper position while the patient is doing certain guided, active movements. For example swinging the arms. When the patient makes these movements the spine is also making small movements which means the spine is dynamic and the attached muscles moving the spine are no longer just holding the spine they are flexible. With a gentle counter pressure I allow other bones to gradually move back in to their correct position. This dynamic action distracts the muscles attention away making the shifting of the bones relatively easy AND this approach makes it readily accepted by the body. No harm can be done to the patient because I stop any pressure immediately if the client experiences pain. The correction can be repeated to achieve the best possible results. From the start I explain communication between the client and myself is very important and that there may be certain reactions later from the therapy. These reactions may include dull muscular pain, detoxification signs due to an

increased metabolism and treated areas may be sensitive to touch. The treatment is so gentle some have thought I am doing nothing effective so any reactions can be a shock but also reassuring that it IS having an effect. Every possible reaction to this treatment is proof of the effectivity of this gentle therapy.

This all needs to be understood before the client begins with the treatment.
I state they should expect to see an improvement after the first session, if there is no improvement after 3 sessions further investigations are required. It may be due to unresolved stress issues, the client is not following my advice, or other physical causes and they need to visit their GP.
Once the treatment is completed it is important that the patient keeps all corrected joints in place. That means they need to follow my advice, avoid the wrong movements and do the correct self help exercises regularly for at least 2 months to allow the body to adjust to its correct position. The self help exercises are a very important part of the treatment as they simulate the treatment done by me and the client needs to do this to advance the healing.
I provide each client with the exercise sheet provided by the Dorn Centre. I Explain they must be done daily over at least 2 months and then after that do them regularly for the rest of their life. The problems have usually developed over years and it is unlikely to be fixed over night it requires a change of habit so I advise them they may need to come in for a check up if they feel they have strayed and become misaligned again over time.
I explain the exercises only need to take about 5 minutes a day which is encouraging.

The Process Using the sheet included below I plotted the areas of misalignment and tension and recorded their progress.

  1. Leg length check whilst the client lies on their back I put their heels together and place my hands round the ankles placing my thumbs in the middle of their heels as a guide to see if, when Ilift their legs together at about a 70 degree angle, is one thumb behind the other or are the leg lengths even? If one leg is slightly longer than the other it makes the hip out of line so I realign the hip, knee and ankle. This is achieved by putting the leg up and bending the knee to a right angle then supporting the gluteal fold I encouraged the client to straighten the leg again so that it lands back next to the other leg. This is repeated approximately 5 times.  After that I show them how to do this themselves. Next I do the knee joint correction in the same manner apply gentle pressure in the knee joint whilst moving it backward and forwards I tell them to imaging they are packing a snow ball when placing the hands around the knee and then apply pressure as they straighten the leg. Lastly the ankle joint applying gentle pressure towards the joint whilst moving it.
  1. The Sacrum Is checked at the facets of the superior articular processes gently resting my thumbs and compare the two facets looking for one side to go deeper indicating the opposite side is standing a little bit backwards. To correct this I apply pressure with my finger, hand or fist. I stabilise them by putting my arm around the hips across the stomach and ask the client to swing the opposite leg to the side Im working on to distract the muscles.I check if they feel any pain. When the leg goes backwards I apply pressure working with their body. I always do both sides and keep it balanced.
  2. The Spine Starting at the Lumbar working up to the Thoracic and then the Cervical area. I palpate the spine using my hands looking for any uneven area. When I find a misalignment I correct it by applying gentle counter pressure against the spinal processes whilst the client swings the opposite leg. Moving up the spine to T7 I ask the client to sit on a stool and now ask them to swing their arms like a marching action whilst I palpate the spinal processes looking for uneven areas with tension or misalignments using gentle counter pressure with my thumb and supporting the shoulder to stabilise the client. Any area I feel a curvature I slide the edge of my finger down one side of the spine and then the other whilst the client moves their arms to smooth out a misalignment.
    Moving up towards the neck from C7 upwards I apply gentle pressure whilst the client is now swinging the head left to right like they are saying NO NO. Moving up C5-C3 this is a sensitive area so I regularly checking for pain. When I reach C2 Axis I locate it by finding the lump in the middle of the occipital bone of the skull then draw a parallel line down in to the recess of the neck where the skull ends and the neck begins. I apply gentle pressure on these points where the patients push against my thumb tilting the head left to right. The Atlas is located by drawing a line from the back of the ear lobe until you feel the recess in the neck again where the skull ends and the neck begins and ask them to look left and right and see if they experience pain or hear a crackling sound and check this improves.
  3. The shoulder joint applying pressure to the joint by putting my hand on the shoulder and applying pressure to the arm as I move the arm from a 90 degree angle down towards the body. Then the elbow joint bending it at a 90 degree pressure is applied towards the joint as the arm is straightened. Hand and finger joints are done in the same way putting pressure on as I move the hand or finger from bended to straight position.
  4. Sternum and collarbone joint correction The client rotates the shoulder joint whilst I place my hand and apply pressure on the sternum/collarbone.
  5. Mandibular joint correction I apply gentle pressure to this joint whilst the client opens and closes their mouth. sliding my hands along the jaw and putting pressure on the mandibular joint as they close their mouth.
  6. Breuss Massage This treatment was developed by an Austrian healer by the name of Rudolf Breuss. on completion of the Dorn Method I give a massage using the Breuss technique it includes St John’s Wort oil and Japanese paper. The oil has a high healing quality nourishing the spine and helping the discs to recover.  This is a gentle massage with 4 strokes to it.  It starts with a stretching of the spine using both hands flat on the spine from up to down. Then placing the hands in the middle of the spine this is known as the pincer grip and its stretching the spine from the middle to up and down. Next are the realignment strokes one way is by using the fingers to follow the spinal column from up to down. The second stroke starts at the hip and use my middle finger to stretch the spine from up to down as well. These four moves are repeated several times. Then I add Japanese paper shiny side down. This acts as an insulator and a conductor this is smoothed down on to the spine taking all the negative energy away from the spinal column. This is followed by applying positive energy through the hands in different positions across the back. I finish the massage by stroking down the back over the aura touching first and then aura strokes with out touching the body. Then from the bottom of the body I ‘zip’ the aura. Then I remove the paper, and wipe the oil away.
  7. They leave with a set of the self help exercises and the next appointment is made no sooner than 48 hours.