The Dorn Method

How does it work?
During a treatment the therapist applies gentle pressure on the bones whilst the patient lightly moves his limbs or neck. The rhythmical motion generated by the patient alters muscle tension whilst the joints are almost imperceptibly mobilised by the therapist.

How does Dorn compare with other manual therapies?
Dorn shares some of the characteristics of traditional physiotherapy techniques as practised in the UK (Mulligan, Maitland) but is gentler and less invasive than these methods - yet very powerful. It is particularly effective for treating chronic problems: sometimes our therapists find that this method can relieve pain where all of our other techniques fail! It is a technique enjoyed by the elderly and by children, by those with osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteopathic and chiropractic techniques are purely passive – that is, the patient has the treatment performed on him while he sits or lies on a couch. There are very many different techniques employed by these disciplines and they range from the high velocity thrust (click) to very gentle craniosacral adjustment and fascial unwinding. But in all cases the patient has the treatment done “on” him and not “with” him.

In contrast the Dorn Method harnesses motion actively performed by the patient. The therapist meanwhile applies comfortable therapeutic counterpressure from the patient’s side to coax the spinal joints into alignment. The treatment is completely painless and in our experience patients who have undergone other forms of manual therapy are often surprised at the efficacy of so gentle a procedure.

In common with other physiotherapy techniques, Dorn patients are always taught home exercises to complement the treatment in the clinic.