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I am writing this article in response to many comments being left by readers asking how I go about writing a blog post.

Just to let you know, I only started blogging about a year ago. Before that I was totally ignorant on the subject. I had a little help from a business acquaintance and he really got me going. However, it is a fact that you never really stop learning and I am never quite satisfied with how my blog looks.

In this article I want to lay down a few pointers for newbies to follow to get you writing a blog. I’ll add in some hints and tips as I go, as these have helped me along the way with what you see now.

I am not covering blog hosting in this post as it’s a whole subject on it’s own. I use WordPress and because it is used for my businesses I pay for my package. This gives me more options, the analytics, SEO etc are done for me and I can publish in multiple places at one click. WordPress.

Where to Start ?

Writing from the heart is the MOST important thing to consider when creating your blog posts ! If you are passionate about a subject then it will be easy to write about it. Being passionate means you are usually knowledgeable on the subject and this will come across in your writing.

I have two blogs. Both are subjects that I am passionate about and both are to do with my businesses. They are designed and written to generate interest in Me and My knowledge. This naturally leads my readers to know, like and trust me, thus they are more likely to ask me for help.

I could write another two or three blogs about my hobbies as well, but I really don’t have the time at the moment.

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The first question you have to ask yourself is ‘why do I want to blog ?’ Do you want to write about a hobby, a business or a subject that is close to your heart ? It could be someting that you think people should be made aware of ? This will give you direction.

It is also a good idea at this point to work out if your chosen subject has enough content to write about and in what order you will write – there is no point starting a subject and then running out of things to write about.

Start writing a Blog

Hang on ! Before you start hammering away at your keyboard, take a couple of minutes to write on a piece of paper what you want to cover in the blog post. This should include a subject title, an introduction, the content, a summary and possibly how to link this to your next post. You might want to think about putting some relevant pictures in also.

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With this written down you have the basis of your post. You can now start writing. Some people like to write quite loosely and then return to fill in the gaps. Other people (including me) like to get everything down as you go, but this is personal preference. This will be down to you.

DO NOT copy other people’s work !!!! This is unethical and at worst can land you in court. If you borrow someone’s work give them credit by telling your reader where you got it from. It’s usually best to ask first though before borrowing someone else’s work, or add a hyperlink to their site.

Try to keep your writing easy going and simple to read unless you are writing about a subject that is very technical or academic  – using big words might demonstrate your intelligence but it is a guaranteed way to stop people reading your blog ! Please also bear in mind that not everyone reading your blog speaks your Mother language, so you will need to keep your writing readable to these people also.

Write how you speak

A little humour can make your posts more entertaining and draw the reader into what you are writing about. Likewise if you have personal experience with your subject then write a little about this also. Perhaps how something changed Your life or how you came to your chosen subject. This is best done in the form of a story because everyone likes a story.

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I use my Google+ account do write my blog. As part of your free Google+ account you get some templates and blank Word type documents. Google docs give you spell check and formatting tools which some blog hosting sites do not. Once I am happy with what I have written I copy and paste my script from Google to my blog host site. I add pictures and graphics into the script and any hyperlinks within the script once I am happy with the wording.

I can access my Google account from either my laptop, my tablet or mobile phone. This means I can always add to my blog scripts whereever I am.  If I find myself with a few spare minutes on my hands or I think of something to add to a script, I can do it there and then. As you get older remembering stuff gets harder and harder, best to write it down while you are thinking of it.

The Geeky Bit

I’m no expert on analytics, Meta elements or SEO (search engine optimisation) so I’ll keep this simple. These are governed by how search engines find things on the internet, so if you want to be found there are a few things that will help the process without being a computer expert.

It is recommended that you include your title in your script when writing a blog post. The more times you can include your title the better but don’t go over the top. Adding pictures will also attract the search engines, more so if they are moving or video footage, they really like those. It is best if these are your own pictures and videos as you don’t want to end up in Court being sued for copyright !

And don’t forget to add hyperlinks within your script. This not only attracts search engines but gives your readers additional content to follow. You might want to consider this as a way of leading people to your website. It is also a way of not cluttering your blog with too much information.

Get it right first time

Oh, and finally, while writing a blog keep reading back what you have written. This will help you keep on track with your subject and helps reduce mistakes. I am dyslexic which results in my leaving complete words out of sentences or around them the wrong putting way, hehe (putting them the wrong way around) 🙂

I hope this all makes sense and helps any would-be bloggers amongst my readers to start writing. Writing a blog can be a most uplifting and exhilarating thing to do. It can earn you money; get you heard in a chosen subject; give personal satisfaction in knowing that what you have created in writing is read and appreciated by others.  Enjoy writing your blog 🙂

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This is the link to my other blog. If you would like to earn money from the internet it’s a must read

Mark Stevens, Online Advertising Consultant

 

Your body is Your Responsibility !

Most people are born with perfect functioning bodies, but over time we manage to create problems. Most of these problems are caused because we are too lazy to do the right things for a healthy body, instead preferring to take the path of least resistance. However, Your body is Your Responsibility !

These problems can be caused by constantly stuffing our faces with the wrong food, taking no exercise, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, taking drugs or any number of other things that are unnatural to our bodies. There are other things we do that can build up problems over the years and are just as harmful to our health. These can include physical problems because of poor posture, incorrect use of our bodies that puts unwanted strain on our muscles and bones, and there is mental stress that ettects our physical being. If continued for long periods of time any one of these factors will have a negative effect on our body.

Our skeleton and muscles have evolved to work in certain ways, however we seem to find a whole new way to use them that does not necessarily do them any good.

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I am 6ft 5in tall (about 1.95m). During my teens I was very conscious of my height, especially as I grew head and shoulders above everyone else. This I believed made me stand out in a crown so I started to stoop and not stand up straight. My Mum and Dad constantly kept telling me to ‘Stand up straight, get your shoulders back, you look aweful bent over’. To me looking aweful seemed worse than standing out in a crowd so I started to stand up straight with my shoulders back. Very soon I decided I liked this as it did make me stand out but with some very positive outcomes.

I developed a 10 minute body check. Mentally, every ten minutes or there abouts I used to check whether I was stood up straight, (or sat up straight), whether my shoulders were down and relaxed, my head up and chest out….Yep, just like on a parrade ground. I still do my ten minute body checks to this day, and it has ensured that I have stayed upright and tall with no upper body problems, unlike many other people.

It has also ensured that through my working career I have not damaged my body either. Many clients I see have done just that, from activites at work. Some clients have created the problems through incorrect lifting or load bearing activities. We have all tried to lift things that were really too heavy for us to pick up on our own. However, either wanting to show off to colleages, get a job done quicker or by having a Boss breathing down your neck we have done what we knew to be wrong all the same.

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Another work related problem can happen when the same movement is carried out many times in a day. This is usually a movement that is not exactly natural to our bodies, but exerts a low level of stress to muscles, which when repeated many many times cause what use to be known as Repeatative Strain Injuries. They aren’t so much injuries but are closer to strain conditioning, where muscles take on a specific shape or memory because they are used too often to perform a particular movement.

Most company training now focuses on protecting the employee against such strain related problems, but for many years it was not considered at all. Many hairdressers, now in their 40s and older have cronic back conditions because they were not taught how to protect themselves while cutting and styling hair. This also applies to nurses and care workers who were expected to lift patients in and out of bed without mechanical aids.

Most professions now have strict guidelines and training to protect their workers. However, millions of office staff around the world are still at risk because they have not been taught the importance of good posture while working at their desk and on computers. Please read Posture at you computer for more infomation.

images Your body is Your Responsibility !If you are serious about maintaining your bodies physical health you have to consider every activity you do and always ensure you are not puting continous strain on your body. Even when you are chilling in front of the TV, how you sit on your comfy sofa will be leaving an inprint on your body. And if you sit with bad posture every evening then over time it will cause you to have problems with your back and shoulders.

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Even sitting as the lady to the right puts unequal stress on the muscles in your back. You are also encouraging your lower spine to curve to one side. If you sit and watch the TV for 5 hours every day (the worldwide average for daily TV viewing)  for a year like the lady here, you will have lower back problems at the end of the year.

 

What you do to your body is your responsibility and no one elses. No one makes you stuff your face with food, just like no one forces you to sit with bad posture. If you make bad choices with your body you will suffer the pain and discomfort. The information above is just some simple examples to highlight how easy it is to damage our bodies, and how with a little thought and effort, you can protect yourself.

Look after and protect your body, it’s the only one you will get

Scoliosis

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is the medical term used to indicate that a person has a curvature of the spine. This can take the form a gradual curve upwards to the left or right from the pelvis, or consist of a curve to one side and then move to the other, a double scoliosis. Both are more common than is generally believed.

Scoliosis can occur at birth or as a child grows and is rarely detected as parents and Health Care professionals do not actively look for them. Curvatures can also develop from accidents, or over time from bad posture or a repetitive work related movement.

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Some people are severely deformed by their spinal curvatures which can also include the twisting of the body. For these people movement can be so restricted that life is a constant painful battle.

 

An Ongoing Problem

Generally, it is only over a number of years that someone with a curvature will notice any discomfort or pain, However, some people suffer from an early age if the curves are so extreme that pressure is induced to one side of a single or multiple number of spinal discs. This can cause not only pain but also the tendency of the disc(s) to bulge on one side, pressing onto the spinal cord and also giving restricted space for the nerves exiting the spine.

Muscles also suffer over time as they are misshapen by the curvature. This will result in the muscles on the concave side of a curvature being stretch further than they should, and those on the convex side of the curve being pushed into a space that is less than the muscle mass, thus creating a hump or bulge. Because the muscles can not function as they should they are usually constantly tense, work inefficiently and cause discomfort leading to pain.

 

Some Causes of Scoliosis

As mentioned above, some people are born with curvatures, caused by anomalies in the bone structure. However, the cause of some other curvatures are not known.  It is also possible that some curvatures are genetic, passed from one of the parents to the child, or a combination of genes.

Scoliosis can also be caused by a difference in leg lengths. If you imagine that your legs and pelvis are the legs and top of a table. If one leg is shorter than the other leg the table top is not totally horizontal and slopes to one side. Anything that stands on this table top is not truly vertical, and the thing that stands on our table top is our spine. If our pelvis is not horizontal then the spine stands slightly leaning to one side. Gradually, bit by bit, our spine will develop curves.

In the young this is not normally that noticeable and does not slow a child down. But, as we grow our amazing bodies are adapting our frame to enable us to function: to play, to work, to walk, run, to sit and lay down and all the other things we ask our bodies to perform. It is only in our thirties or forties and onwards that we start to notice the price to be paid. Our spine is now fully curved and the muscles in our back find it hard to function as they are have built up a memory from a curved spine, not a straight one. Remember, the muscles are stretched or clumped together and can’t function as they should. The curve is also putting pressure on our discs, which as mentioned above can then lead to another set of problems with our nerves.

Our body now functions in an increasingly limited number of ways, as it does not have the freedom of movement that a straight spine gives. As we grow older our bodies becomes less and less able to operate as we wish, although we can still get around. The adaption process has now become a semi-conscious process, as we have to misuse our body to move. This in turn can mean that we develop a hunched appearance and have torsional twist in our body.

We can also develop curvatures from accidents or poorly performed hip operations, but essentially these generally create different leg lengths.

 

Treatment

As with most complaints, a diagnosis is the first place to start. However, many Healthcare Professionals and therapists working in the Complementary Health sector do not observe patients correctly.

A typical patient with scoliosis that has been caused by leg length differences will have certain visual clues that the observant practisioner will pick up on; They may look like they lean to one side; One shoulder could be higher than the other; Their shoulders will vertically not be in line with their hips; They could well have problems sitting and standing up; They may have pain in their back; They will stand with one leg slightly bent and might walk with a limp.

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When I meet a patient with any of these symptoms, I use a test to check what I believe to be the cause. This is simply to slide a book under the foot of the leg I suspect to be shorter. Normally the patient will exclaim that they feel level or balanced  (followed by various other emotions ranging from joy at finally getting to the bottom of their problem, to outright anger that no one they have seen previously has ever thought to do something similar).

There is a possibility that the leg length discrepence has been caused by one of the hip joints not being seated correctly. This can occur through accidents, hypamobility of the joints or the fact that in certain leg positions, movement upwards can cause the femur to come into contact with the front of the pelvis. Continued upward movement levers the hip joint apart.

 

Dorn Method treatment

The basic fundermental principle of Dorn Method is establishing correct leg length and a balanced pelvis, as this is our body’s foundation that everything thing else works around. Once I have fully identify the problem, and having ensured that both hips joints are engaged correctly, I then start to straighten their scoliosis using Dorn Method. I also show my patients how they can treat themselves by simply using a door frame or the corner of a wall. This is enpowering as it gives them some control over their own healing.

If the patient has a true leg length difference then I refer them to their GP, for onward referral to their nearest Orthopedic unit.  Orthopedic units will take the patients normal shoes and subtly adapt them to make up for the different leg lengths.

Headaches

Headaches

Many people suffer with headaches on a regular or even daily basis. These headaches can be caused by eye strain from optical problems, however a higher percentage of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the shoulders and upper back. These headaches manifest themselves as a tight band around our head, usually starting across the top of our skull and ending behind our eyes.

Humans seem to hold tremendous amounts of stress and tension in our shoulders. Our shoulder muscles are our flood gates or physical barrier, holding back all our feelings of frustation, fear, anguish, pain and much more. The more feelings that are supressed or held back, the greater the tension and the further our head sinks in between our shoulders. Likewise, holding our head in one position constantly without rest or movement will create the same effect (tipically, sitting at a computer or driving for too long without significant movement, stretching or rest). The physcial strain on our muscles is immense and this results in the tension, and eventual knotted muscles we all experience.

Shoulder and Neck Muscles

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As can be seen from this illustration, most of the muscles in the shoulder areas are attached to the under side of the skull just below the oxcypital (the boney outcrop at the back of the skull). There are more than 30 muscles in your shoulder and neck area. Once the muscles are under continuous tension a stress (pulling) is excerted around our neck and onto the places where the muscle attaches to the skull. Your shoulders will feel stiff and you may find resistance turning your head from side to side, up or down.

At this point the nurve receptors start sending messages to our brain that things are not as they should be. It is these multiple messages that start the ‘tightening band’ sensation in your head. As a result, this in turn leads to most people not wanting to move their head as it seems to tighten the band around their head and sends those woozey feelings to the stomach. Unfortunately it also tightens the muscles further as they are purposely tensed to stop your head from moving.

Relaxation

The only true key to stopping headaches is relaxing the muscles in the shoulders and neck, thus releasing the pulling effect at the base of the skull. Reaching for the paracetamol can give short-term relief, as they stop the nurves from shouting at your brain for a short while. Unfortunately in many cases this is only masking the symptoms, not treating the real problem.

Long-term the muscle tension must be addressed. This can be done with either spending less time on the computer, or having regular breaks (see Posture at your computer). The same applies to driving for long distances without taking breaks.

Using meditation or other relaxation techniques will also help manage stress levels from our busy lives and pent-up feelings. Massage will definately physically reduce knots and tension in the shoulder and neck muscles, giving instant relief and long-term relaxation. Doing things that help you relax and enjoy life are also part of the long-term management plan. These will vary from person to person, but do not include alcohole or drugs, as these again only mask the symptoms.

Altimately you need to stop whatever it is that generates the muscle stress that leads to your headaches. Easier said than done I know, but nonetheless the only way to long-term headache relief.

 

Oh, praps you didn’t know that I make money online.

www.mvmoneymaking.com

Dorn Method and an Unexpected Journey

Dorn Method and an Unexpected Journey

Sometimes a telephone call can change your day, or your week or even make your year. Every now and then you get a call that changes a whole lot more…….. and last week I got one of those kind of calls.

This call was from a Doctor (Dr Kaleem Ullah) in Instanbul, Turkey who was looking for someone, at very short notice to help with a training course. The course was for established health-care professionals (Doctors and Physiotherapists) who wanted to expand their knowledge and provide a wider range of treatments to their patients.

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11am Saturday morning found me in a classroom in front a eight people who were keen to learn how to do Dorn Method. I had had no time to prepare for delivering this course so I worked ‘on the hoof’ as it were, remembering what I had been taught by Thomas Zudrell 7 years previously, and what I had experienced actually doing treatments with my clients since then.

Kaleem acted as my trusty assistant and interpreter. He helped me explain and get across to the students that healing people isn’t always about following what a book says, it’s also about gut feeling, involving the client/patient in the treatment and keeping things simple. I’m also a very hands on person, so there was more practical education than there was length descriptons on what to do. It also eradicates the language problem, as showing transcends telling every day of the week.

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My attentive students caught on really quickly and this made my job easy and my enjoyment levels high. Even with the language differences we had a laugh and there was a lot of exchanging of information between the students themselves. All too quickly though it was Sunday afternoon, time to present their certificates and say goodbye.

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Progressive Medicine

That evening over our meal Kaleem later told me that I had been teaching four established Physiotherapists, a Doctor, a Professor of Medicine and two well known complementary therapist. He explained that several years ago many people became fed up with the service they were getting from their Doctor’s, and started looking for and using alternative treatments and medicine. It got to the point where the Doctor’s earnings dropped by half and they started complaining.

Within a year, and in an act of progressiveness not seen often, the Turkish Authorities certified fifteen popular alternative therapies so they could be used in hospitals and Doctor’s surgeries. Doctors were taught how to perform these therapies so their earnings rose once again, but more importantly their success rate in curing patients of their problems also rose dramatically.

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Many Doctors in Turkey now use far less Westernised ‘Drug focussed’ treatments (which rely on suppressing the symptoms with drugs) and instead look for cures for the route causes of patient’s problems. This obviously isn’t popular with the greedy Pharmaceutical corporations, but is much better for the patients.

More information about Dorm Method can be found below, along with my contact details.

www.dorn-method.com

Mark Stevens

mark.stevens@hands-on-holistics.co

0044 7922 132198

 

Oh, by the way, I also earn money online. If you would like to know how please feel free to contact me.

Posture at your Computer

Posture at your Computer

I love computers, they are going to keep me in the Therapy Industry forever.

The reason for this is because most people who use a computer for the majority of their work will develop problems in their neck, shoulders, upper and middle back. This will occur because of extended periods spent with poor posture at your computer without movement and exercise.

Many companies believe that because they have given their staff good chairs, the staff will not develop back problems. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as the staff need to learn the best way to use their chair and the best way to set up their work station. Poor posture at your computer will result in your back and shoulders being painful, loss of earnings through time of work and a general feeling of being run down.

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You will notice from this picture that our person has their bottom right in the chair and is using the chair back to support their upper body. This promotes a totally neutral muscle position as none of the muscles are being over exerted to maintain this position. The legs can be regularly repositioned to avoid getting a ‘numb bum’.

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Your work station also needs to be laid out correctly. Keeping the mouse, phone and writing impliments either side of the keyboard reduces the need for continual stretching across your desk. If you work from paper documents it can be awkward finding space to place this and keep your keyboard near to you. It is recommended that this is held in a purpose made holder or frame that can stand on your desk.

One point of note that will explain the height of the screen.  Us humans like to have our face parallel with any screen we are viewing close up (and a visual necessity with modern flat screens). Having the screen at almost head height stops the need for head tilt and ‘craning’ our head backwards to get our face parallel with the screen. It also needs to be mentioned that the screen MUST be within a 30 degree arch from the persons centreline. This is essential to stop excessive stress on the neck muscles.

The reality is that there is no perfect solution to setting up your work station. Compremise will be required to carry out your daily work but if you bear in mind the simple set-up above you will lessen the longterm impact on your body.

The Final Important Part

The last important part to improve your posture at your computer is…………. NOT sitting hour after hour in the same position, bashing away at your keyboard ! Every half an hour, get up from your chair, stretch, walk around the office/go to the water machine/go to the toilet for at least a couple of minutes before returning to your desk.

I know it is easy to become engrosed in work you are doing, or having your Boss breathing down your neck for that report. BUT, if you are fit to work you will perform better and get more done….. SO get up and move around ever half an hour, you will feel so much better for it.

Prevention is better than cure !

If you spend your working life with poor posture at your computer, without heeding the advise above you WILL develop problems in your upper back, shoulders and neck. These problems WILL NOT just go away and they WILL impact on every part of your life as you grow older. It is YOUR responsility to keep yourself fit to work and in a condition to be able to enjoy a pain free life. Make some small changes now that your body WILL reward you for in the future.

 

Oh, in case you didn’t know, I have escaped the Ratrace and have an on-line income and I show people how they can do the same. For more details email me: mark.stevens@hands-on-holistics.co

Life’s not All about work.

Life’s not All about work.

Being self employed allows me to do many things. Firstly I sacked the Boss many moons ago and there will be no going back there. I am working towards the dreams of my wife and I now, not providing wealth for someone else !

I consider myself blessed because I love all three of my businesses, whereas I know that some people hate the one job they have. I can also decide when I work, to my own timetable and are not dictated to by someone else. And, if I fancy the afternoon off to go down the beach then I do just that, because life’s not all about work.

And some days my daily commute last about 12 seconds. That’s right, the time it takes to travel from the bathroom to the office is 12 seconds – the office of course being on the same floor in our house.

But do you know, I’m nothing special. All I have done is found that I can make money on the internet quite simply. And by showing others how they can make their dreams come true, them my dreams are becoming a reality.

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Contact me: mark.stevens@hands-on-holistics.co

Branding Yourself

The importance of Branding Yourself

History has proven that branding yourself is the best way to be heard above everyone else in this world. Branding yourself can include being controvercial, commanding respect through strength, influencing people through wisdom, becoming a ‘personality’ by tallent or strength of charature, or just shouting very loudly for a very long time.

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Most well know Politicians, World Leaders, Movie Stars, Musicians, Business Mogals and many other influential people brand themselves, and to the public this is who they are. Anybody can brand themselve’s as it is much easier these days with the internet reaching every corner of the planet.

Know, Like, Trust.

The purpose to branding yourself is to achieve your aims/goals and this is best done by letting people know who you are as a person and what you stand for, or what abilities/talents you have. These are essential requirements if you want to get a message across, sell something or become a figurehead for others to follow.

Once you allow other people to get to know you they will make a personal judgement about you based on what they see of you. There are people who are liked because they are beautiful, or clever, are funny or intelligent. However, some people are liked because they speak the truth, are contriversual, and even plain rude.

The best way to portray yourself though is as who YOU truely are, because then you are believeable and honest. This will lead to others ‘liking’ you. They may like who you are as a person, or what you look like, or how you come across, or what you talk/write about, or even your beliefs.

The follow on from liking someone is generally trusting them (exept for Politicans of course :-). And that means that by trusting them you do not question what they say, and will follow what they do or what they ask you to do. If they are successful in business you might want to follow and copy how they became successful yourself because you trust them and want what they have achieved.

How can you Brand Youself ?

It really is simple. Write/talk about things you are passionate about and demonstrate that you know your stuff. You can blog this all over the internet and people will find it and start following you because they are interested in what you have to say. Once you get to this stage they will follow you pretty much anywhere you want to take them……..job done !

I also have a business blog, which helps people understand and use the internet www.markstevensbiz.com

The Dorn Method

The Dorn Method

I was introduced to Dorn Method by my lovely wife Vanessa. We both completed an advanced course in Germany in 2008 with Thomas Zudrell. I have been using Dorn Method with many patients since.

Dorn Method is named after Dieter Dorn, who was the first person to put this amazing treatment into a teachable form.

Dieter hurt his back at work one day and was advised to go and see an old man in the village who could help him. Very quickly the old man identified what was wrong with Dieter back and corrected it there and then. Dieter was so impressed that he wanted to know more, and use it to help people himself.

His first patient was his wife, who had a neck problem that her Doctors wanted to operate on. Dieter was able to treat his wife using  his new knowledge and she made a full recovery.

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Dieter went on to treat coach loads of people who arrived from the surrounding areas. He used his kitchen table to perform the treatments. A retired Doctor convinced Dieter to put his treatment into a recognizable form and to start teaching other people to use Dorn Method.

Dorn Method is unique as:

  • It is safe, gentle and painless
  • The patient is involved and doesn’t just lay on the couch
  • The patient is shown very simple exercises that help to reinforce the treatments.

How does Dorn Method work ?

The human skeleton is held together by our muscles. Unfortunately the muscles are not intelligent and will hold a bone in place whether it is in it’s correct position or not. The muscle will tighten if it is holding a bone in the wrong place however, the classic example of this being sciatica ( see hands-on-holistics.co/sciatica )

Conventional treatments aim to force the bone back into position against the strength of the muscle. This is done with either significant pressure or twisting the body to add torsional strength to move the bone.

The Clever Bit

Dorn Method works by introducing guided movement to the body. I simply use my thumb or the flat of my hand to move bones to their correct position. The simple guided movements are swinging a leg to and fro, or both arms back and forth.

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With the introduction of movement, the muscle are distracted and release their grip on our bones. At this point bones can easily be moved back to their correct position with a small amount of controlled pressure. How hard I press is controlled by the patient. I use Breuss Massage on the spine to help relax the muscles before a Dorn treatment.

How Dorn Method helped me

On a personal note, I suffered with Sciatica for ten years, making my life a misery. My visits to Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths only made a difference to my bank account.

Vanessa and I were ‘Guinea-pigs’ for each other during our training, practicing on each other. Combined with the simple exercises my Sciatica disappeared in days and has NEVER returned. I still do the simple exercises as I found they help keep me supple and free from normal back ache

My Patients

The list of ailments my patient come to me with are very long. I have treated people successfully with the following complaints:

  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • ‘Frozen’ shoulders
  • Arthritis (Dorn Method can help mobilise inflamed joins and promotes movement of fingers and limbs)
  • Cubital Tunnel (commonly associated with Guitar players)
  • Pelvic Imbalances (from accidents, child birth, sport)
  • Misaligned vertebra
  • Whip-lash
  • Tinnitus (caused by misalignment of the jaw bone or cervical vertebrae)
  • Stroke patients (to promote movement of digits and limbs)
  • Headaches or migraines (caused by misalignment cervical vertebrae)

Clinical Leg Length Difference.

I have also identified at least 60 patients who have a clinical leg length difference. These patients physically have one leg longer than the other, which has resulted in curvatures, severe back pain, deformity of the rib cage and possibly many other problems.

Unfortunately these patients have gone un-diagnosed for many years resulting in their bodies becoming very imbalanced. Dorn Method helps me to identify very quickly this particular problem. I can then refer patients to their GP, for further referral to an Orthopedic department to have corrective wedges made to go into their shoes.

Empowerment

Possibly the most important part of Dorn Method is the empowerment given to the patient. As mentioned above, the patient has an active part to play in the treatment. Once shown the simple exercises they are then empowered to take control of their problem and heal themselves.

Patients can do the exercises anywhere, as they only take a matter of seconds to complete.

Dorn Method

Hello,

It’s always nice to get treatment feedback, even better when it is positive feedback.

My long-time friend William called me a few weeks ago for a catch up. His wife Phina had seen my blog on Facebook about Sciatica and he mentioned that he was having problems with his back and it was causing him major problems down one of his legs, which in turn was effecting work and the rest of his life.

I visited William, had a great day with him and Phina and gave him a treatment. I confirmed that he did have Sciatica and discovered the right side of his Pelvis had rotated backwards and his no.5 lumber vertebra was slightly out of alignment. This I was able to correct using deep tissue massage to relax the muscles in William’s lower back and pelvis, and then made a skeletal correction on his pelvis using Dorn Method.

Dorn Method is a German therapy. It is distantly related to Chiropractics and Osteopathy but is TOTALLY gentle. Dorn Method helps me treat various conditions relating to the human (and animal) skeleton.

To finish the treatment I showed him how, with a 30 second exercise each day he could take control of the problem and reinforce the correction I had made. His treatment feedback was not solicited by me and came out of the blue (it woke me at 6.30 this morning !)

These are William’s texts from this morning

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It is a pleasure and a privilege to help people, whether they are friends or strangers, and feedback like this makes it all worthwhile. Thanx William 🙂