The treatment procedure of Dorn Treatment
Dorn Therapy is a treatment of the individual and their spine and joints in the case of pain, tingling, numbness, physical awareness that differs according to side etc. These complaints can be acute or can have been chronic for years in the back, legs, arms or head. With Dorn Therapy, as a rule, two to four treatments are necessary, and with each treatment the patient is given exercises which they should carry out regularly. Most Dorn therapists take an hour for one treatment, in order to carry out a careful questioning and treatment of the patient, and to be received optimally by the patient. As a result of the multiple connections in the individual a vertebral blockage can affect the entire body, which is why the entire spine is treated. Some Dorn therapists treat merely the painful sections of the spine, in order to require less time for the treatment. The assessment and treatment of the spine and joints takes place with the hands of the therapist; some therapists also employ auxiliary equipment. Dorn Therapy is NOT chiropractic. The patient always works with the treatment, feels what is happening and can control it. The Dorn Method works without pounding, yanking, pulling and speed. Dorn Therapy aims for the independence of the patient.
The course of a treatment:
1. Firstly the therapist questions the patient precisely about when, where and how their complaints arose. Which methods of examination have been used thus far, and which diagnoses remain? They undertake the necessary tests to clarify the complaints. Contraindications are clarified.
2. Leg length is assessed and treated, in the case of difference, with every treatment, as equal leg length is important for the mid and long-term stability and load capacity of the spine. The pelvis rests on both legs and is the basis of the upright spine from the sacrum to the cervical spine. If this basis is horizontal the spine can usually be set straight and consequently has a more stable equilibrium. A Dorn treatment without treating the leg joints is incorrect, because the patient is supposed to get out of their bad posture and take care of this themselves. The patient can experience this with their own eyes and physical awareness and thus better understands the point of the self-treatment exercises. The hip, knee and ankle joints are treated on at least one leg.
3. Then the assessment and treatment of the spine from the sacrum and coccyx to the cervical spine is begun. During treatment the patient swings one leg to and fro.
4. Now the patient sits on a stool provided for the purpose and supports themselves in front, whilst the therapist assesses and treats the mid and upper thoracic spine. During treatment the patient swings two and fro with one or two arms.
5. The patient remains seated for the assessment and treatment of the cervical spine. During treatment the patient turns their head continuously to the right and left.
6. After these respective sections the therapist can ask the patient to perform the individual symptom-provoking movements, in order to obtain feedback about the changes. Symptoms can sometimes also subside over the following days.
7. Depending on the original complaints of the patient, it can still be important to assess and treat dysfunctional/blocked joints in the arms, legs, jaw or ribs after the treatment of the spine.
8. Finally the patient is given an instruction sheet with descriptions and illustrations of the exercises important for them. This has shown itself to be helpful. This sheet includes, of course, the equalising exercises for differences in leg length, but it also includes all other self-treatment exercises. The specific self-treatment exercises are discussed and practiced according to assessment during the treatment.
The Breuß massage can be given before or after Dorn Treatment, or by itself. It is a rounding-off of a spinal treatment. It loosens the back and can also have further-reaching effects. The application is dependent on the therapist and the course of that particular treatment so far.You can read up about the Dorn Method in several books. Dieter Dorn himself has now written two books, which have been published by Integral-Verlag.