The Dorn Method and its specific
foundations and principles
The Dorn Method has clear principles which, as with every seminal therapy, are specifically distinguished from other therapies in their application. These principles are: simplicity, gentleness, manual treatment; all joints are treatable; self-treatment exercises; posture diagnosis; patients take an assisting or active role; goal-oriented treatment.
Simplicity: This method has two fields: that of the therapist and that of the layperson. For medical professionals the Dorn Method is a specific and differential diagnostic therapy for the whole of the patient. With the basics of their training therapists can include all of the links within a person in treatment, with the exception of contraindications. Laypersons can be taught this therapy in the sense of helping people to help themselves. The self-treatment exercises, worked out during treatment with the therapist, can be communicated to the patient with aims and objectives in simple language. Patients are thus able to help themselves if acute complaints recur and be active in prophylaxis.
Gentleness: This method is applied to the patient with respect and empathy. The therapist feels resistance in the tissue whilst treating bones and spinous processes and gently treats with the required pressure. The patient determines the range and speed of movement of the treated joints and bones themselves, and they should feel comfortable. Patients can interrupt treatment at any time. The therapist works with the patient and with the tissue. The Dorn Method is not chiropractic and does not use force.
Manual Treatment: The key actors in evaluation and treatment are the thumbs. Therapists with damaged thumbs may also employ fingers. Here there are many different techniques, as every therapist explores and applies their own anatomical possibilities. Medication is not given with this therapy. Some therapists also use auxiliary therapy equipment.
All Joints are Treatable: The Dorn Method is a holistic therapy. It can be used to treat all joints and an experienced therapist also uses indications through the different possible connections to treat the relevant peripheral joint. With successful treatment this is passed on to the patient as a self-treatment exercise.
Self-treatment Exercises: This is the strength of the Dorn Method. Every person is given their own specific self-treatment exercises during treatment. The aim of the Dorn Method is a process of increasing consciousness in the patient so that they can understand, tackle and overcome the causes. Of course, overcoming this is a process that can range from a short to long time, so in the meantime self-treatment exercises are used when ailments arise. These self-treatment exercises are explained in understandable language. Similarly, the exercises are to be understood as prophylaxis. The cause of ailments, poor posture, is highlighted by the therapist, and positive solutions are explained.
Posture Diagnosis: The Dorn Method is one of posture diagnosis, and treatment is based on this assessment. This posture diagnosis is the method’s strength as well as the root of its simplicity. It is also true of this method that the more experience the therapist has, the more precisely they can discern and the more sensitively they can treat. The most work takes place on the spinous process; when symptoms persist after this treatment, they can be differentiated in the transverse processes.
Patients take an Assisting or Active Role: Patients always work actively or assist in Dorn Treatment. The Dorn Method is never passive for the patient. After treatment patients also get specific self-treatment exercises and thus experience active independence.Goal-Oriented Treatment: If the method is appropriate and the relationship between therapist and patient is good, as a rule the Dorn Method should, with the full application of all three fields (self-treatment exercises, holism, therapy), show clear results with two, three, or possibly four appointments. A clearing of the contraindications by the therapist is a pre-requisite. This is a cost-effective therapy for patients, health insurers and the national economy.