weiterführende Informationen zur DORN-Methode

Contraindications and indications in the Dorn Method


In every therapy it is important to recognise and observe therapy instructions, possible applications and contraindications. The Dorn Method is a simple therapy in its origin and it allows room for laypersons to develop their own, familiar healthcare. An understanding of and education in a medical profession is a prerequisite for the therapeutic application in a practice, in order to be able to recognise the dangers with perspective and to be able to proceed to a further differential diagnosis before treatment. Diagnosis and treatment of illnesses can only be carried out by doctors and naturopaths. Professional health workers may treat these on the basis of the diagnosis and prescription of a doctor or naturopath.


  • Suspected fractures must be ruled out by X-ray.
  • Actually inflamed joints may not be directly treated. Signs of an inflammation are reddening, swelling, heat, pain and limited mobility.
  • All muscular and acute sensitive weakening and breakdowns must be neurologically cleared, especially when the problems arise symmetrically.
  • Individuals must go to the therapist independently and must be able to sit up; thus all the bedridden are ruled out. Wheelchair users can be treated in the thoracic and cervical spine if they can move these themselves. Patients take part in the treatment.
  • Unhealed wounds to joints and the spine from operations, accidents etc. must first bee actually healed before treatment.
  • Medications such as Heparin/Warfrin (anti-coagulant) are semi-contraindications, i.e. must be treated very carefully. Long term medication such as corticosteroids must be cleared. Treatment must be cleared in each individual case.
  • Patients with tumours or metastases on the bones may not be treated on the bones affected, because of the danger of fracture.
  • Acute functional changes of inner organs must be cleared by experts.
  • Patients with acute psychiatric/psychological phases and illnesses.
  • Pregnancies with complications must be cleared prior to treatment in the areas of the lumber spine and sacrum.

Indications or application to the following complaints:

Complaints in the areas of the spine as well as transmissions in the legs, arms and head can be treated with this method. Pain in individual joints can be treated. Orthopaedic and peripheral neurological complaints can be treated as long as they do not fall under the contraindications.

Every individual can perceive complaints differently, so only a small list can be given here. Pain, tingling, numbness, tugging, stinging, pressure, weaknesses to varying extents such as in dots and surfaces, dull or sharp etc., can be felt.

Physical awareness that differs according to the side of the patient, for example long-lasting one-sided muscle tension, the feeling of heaviness, tennis or golf elbows etc. can be a reason for treatment.

Inner organ complaints can, if they have been cleared by differential diagnosis, be an additional area of influence in treatment.