weiterführende Informationen zur DORN-Methode

The way in which the Dorn Method and the Dorn Dysfunction or Blockage works


What is to be understood as a Dorn Dysfunction or a vertebral blockage? The Dorn Method treats vertebrae and joints with an assisting or active physiological movement of the bones by the patient. From this it can be clearly seen that it is about the entirety of the tissues and their physiological interaction. The definition of a blockage can be approached through this mode of action. The mode of action of the Dorn Method should be seen locally in and around the joint, regionally in neuromuscular functionality, and holistically.

In local treatment the Dorn Method influences all tissues in situ, such as bones, cartilage, menisci, ligaments, capsules, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, connective tissues and fasciae. The treatment works regionally on tissues such as muscles, fasciae and nerves. The holism of the Dorn Method can be seen in its equalising effects on inner organs, the energy system through meridian theory, nervous systems (e.g. the autonomic system), and psychosocial symptoms. A blockage or Dorn Dysfunction is usually seen to be strongly decreased or increased in several of the above areas, although deviations in single areas cannot always be equated with the existence of a blockage.

A Dorn Dysfunction shows itself in the entirety of the person and their physiological functionality. The therapist always tries to identify and treat whichever areas of the patient are currently most important in the course of a blockage.

In a vertebral blockage/dysfunction there are almost always positive trends to be found in the spinous processes (right-left) and/or transverse processes (dorsal-ventral). Restrictions of movement and changes in muscle tension are frequent, although they need not always be noticed. Many dysfunctions arise without being noticed by the patient. There are sometimes meridian symptoms and paraesthesia/numbness. Inner organ complaints caused by a blockage are rare. Single-cause psychological symptoms are very rare.

Dorn Therapy is a gentle mobilisation of the vertebrae and joints. Dorn Therapy treatment takes place through the patient-assisted or active movement of joint-forming bones around the resting position of joints and vertebrae.

For patients the therapist can use the image of joints “slipping out”, though of course only with the goal of increasing the patient’s acceptance and participation through the understanding of a simplified model. The “slipping out” of a joint in this simple way does not take place; it is a complex interaction of several functions, factors and tissues.