It is a type of manual therapy, which is very gentle and slow alternative for joint and spine mobilization (returning each vertebrae and joints back to their original position). As opposed to a gentle forms of standard manual physiotherapy, Dorn method is performed by active cooperation of the patient and his natural and free movement. Unlike in chiropraxy the treated person doesn't have to worry about abrupt and violent movements.

It is performed by an oscillating movement of the the second arm or leg. This technique is used for needed relieve of the muscles. If the hand or leg reaches a certain back point, the muscles will clench and they will restrict further movement of the vertebra or joint to the other side. Even though the patient may feel during the treatment, pain, it is still a gentle method.

Therapist respects the principle of going as fast as pain allows it. The goal of the method is to relieve the intervertebral joints. The basic presumption for successful therapy is active cooperation of the patient and his movement/mobility. For immobile patients, this method is less optional.

Number of applications of Dorn method for reaching the required mobilized condition is individual. Partial relief can appear after two treatments, and by more serious cases the needed effect can appear even after several months. In cause of applying the Dorn Method for solving the spine blockages, we recommend to simultaneously remove also the incorrect movement habits of the client, which cause the repetitive problems.


In cases where the client needs for medical reasons very gentle approach towards spine mobilization.


  • Skin diseases
  • Inclination towards fracture (for example: during treatment with cortisone, or predispositions for hematoma)
  • Osteoporosis in advanced stage (leads to spontaneous fractures)
  • Acute inflammation
  • Bechterew's disease (if the vertebrae are already accreted)
  • Tumors and tubercular diseases
  • After operation of intervertebral discs (possible to start after 6 to 8 weeks)
  • After operation hip joints (possible to start after 6 to 8 weeks, and avoiding intensive rotation in the hip joints)
  • General immobility of the client