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Realign your spine. Maybe you’re experiencing some pain that’s really starting to annoy you, or you want to eliminate some niggling bad habits before they get worse – the Dorn Method is a gentle, relaxing treatment that can help joints and vertebrae slip back into their natural positions.

How does it work?

The main difference between the Dorn Method and other spine therapies is that you’ll actually be moving the joint yourself – by swinging your leg, for example – while the therapist uses subtle techniques to realign the bones. This reduces the amount of resistance on the joint, and should alleviate all pain for you, which is always nice to hear. It also means that there’s none of those cringe worthy cracks and snaps that come to mind when you imagine spinal treatments.

The first thing your therapist will do is compare the length of your legs (I know – it might sound ridiculous but a lot of back pain will actually be caused by differing leg lengths) and make any corrections needed. They will then move to the pelvis and up the spine, gently making any adjustments in a dynamic way as you work with them by moving your arm, leg or head. And, just in case you’re wondering – you do get to keep all your clothes on throughout the treatment!

Sometimes your therapy will also finish with a light spinal massage. You should also go home with a series of exercises to continue your treatment yourself.

The number of treatments required depends on the individual – it can range from only needing one session to undergoing several months of therapy for serious conditions.

After the treatment, you should avoid handling heavy loads for 3-4 days and you may get a dull muscular pain or a light pressure sensation around the affected areas. It’s a holistic method of treatment so the entire body will benefit (not just the affected joint), but this also means that you may feel as though you’ve just had a detox. As a result, don’t be worried if you experience sweating, flu-like symptoms, changes in toilet habits or even some emotional upheaval.

Is it for me?

The Dorn Method is great for helping you out with:

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • hip/jaw/knee/shoulder problems
  • sciatica

It can also be useful for fixing alignment and leg length differences in children before it develops into a painful back problem.

Good to know

The Dorn Method therapists claim that not a single client has been injured by the treatment since it was created by Dieter Dorn in the 1970s.

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