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is Dorn Spinal Therapy?
Dorn Therapy is a very safe way of mobilizing the
spine and the joints, a very effective way of doing alignments.
Therapy provides us with a unique way of treating the human body when it is in
motion. While your body is gently moving, your muscles are able to relax, and
the Dorn Spinal Therapy practitioner can work much more effectively towards
correcting any joint or spinal imbalance.
Dorn Spinal Therapy can be
used for a number of conditions, some of which seem to have little connection
with the back. For example problems such as headaches and dizziness, can be
caused by nerve pressure around the cervical vertebrae.
Or problems such
The Dorn method is based on the correction of uneven leg length, which,
according to Dorn, can be diagnosed in almost every human. Because of that, the
pelvis is said to become twisted, and this can supposedly result in an
asymmetrical, crooked or displaced spinal column.
Dorn uses a
non-manipulative approach to correct such problems. Corrections of joint or
spinal cord misalignments are done in a 'dynamic', moving action. According to
Dorn, our muscles always try to hold the positions of the joints and spine, and
when they are out of order the muscles assume this 'wrong' position as the
correct one and hold it there. Dorn proponents maintain that a static
correction, such as that used in chiropractic therapy, is difficult because it
needs to overcome the strength of the holding muscles, and because the patient
is often tense since the treatment is done 'on' him and not 'with'
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 somewhat related to chiropractic and
osteopathy, although it is different in its practical application. It was
developed in the 1970s by the German lay-healer Dieter Dorn.
of Dorn, like Helmuth Koch (who coined the name Dornmethode), Hildegard
Steinhauser, Harald Fleig and others, started to teach the method in the 1990s,
enabling its use to spread through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. According
to its founder's wish, the Dorn method should become a kind of folk medicine,
free from trademark or copyright so that anyone may access it.
method therefore uses motion to divert the muscles' tension, and in this
relaxed state it is apparently possible to realign the bones.
treatment, the practitioner palpates the patient's spine. If any 'unbalanced'
areas are found, possible underlying misalignments are treated with gentle
pressure using the thumb or hand against the spinous processes, while the
patient enacts guided movements such as swinging the leg or arms to distract
the muscles' inertia.
Patients often report positive results immediately
after treatment. Afterwards, they learn specially designed self-help exercises
that simulate the 'corrections' made during the treatment.
behind the method:
Proponents of the Dorn method claim that it is based on
simple laws of physics and human anatomy and applied through cooperation
between the practitioner and patient. The therapy is not done on the patient
but rather with the patient, who is in control during its
Proponents believe that the human skeleton should be
"symmetrical", "harmonic" and in a "static-dynamic alignment equilibrium". When
we "upset" this "bone order" then our joints may be moved out of place,
especially in the spine. Conventional medicine supposedly offers
over-complicated explanations and solutions for such problems, and
unnecessarily leads to operations or the requirement to use special shoes or
An independent group of Dorn method
specialists and seminar lecturers, most early students of Dorn, established
basic rules and regulations for the method, alongside an official Dorn
therapist and teacher listing called the Aurum List. This was first succeeded
by the Dornforum, and in 2006 by the Dornfinder. There are about 130 authorized
teachers listed and more than 1,500 therapists in more than 20 countries around
The therapy's popularity has increased due to exposure on the
Internet, the increasing number of authorised teachers, and word of mouth from
successfully treated patients. In addition, Dorn Congresses are held regularly
in Germany, and the first congress in Switzerland was held in 2006. These
meetings were initially organized by Koch and Steinhauser, and are now arranged
by a team of Dorn method teachers.
I learned the Dorn Method
Amanté Samraj - Health Practitioner
Main Areas: Healing Back Pain
My name is Amanté
Samraj Riethausen. I work as Healer and Teacher since more than 19 years. The
last 13 years I have been focussed on teaching the DORN-Method mostly to
Professionals like Physical Therapists, Physiotherapists, Masseurs, Massagers
or Health Practitioners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. My enthusiasm for
this DORN - Method is very big. Receiving so many gifts all the years in
working with it, created the wish to share this with more people
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