The Dorn method is a form of manual, alternative therapy claimed to be used to correct misalignments in the spinal column and other joints.

Corrections of joint or spinal cord misalignments are done in a ‘dynamic’, moving action. According to Dorn, people’s muscles always try to hold the positions of the joints and spine, and when they are out of order the muscles assume this ‘wrong’ position as the correct one and hold it there.

If any ‘unbalanced’ areas are found, possible underlying misalignments are palpated with gentle pressure using the thumb or hand against the spinous processes, while the patient enacts guided movements such as swinging the leg or arms to distract the muscles inertia; this is similar to the principle of mechanics known as ‘counter pressure’.