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.



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.

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.

Mark Stevens

0044 7922 132198


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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 )

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.


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.

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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 🙂

The Pelvis


The Pelvis, your foundation.

In some ways the Pelvis is the most important structure in your body. It’s your base, the bedrock upon which your body stands and the core of such activities as standing, walking, running and balance adjustment. It is also a shock absorber, houses the hip joints and is the base on which your spine stands. The Pelvis is also one of the few places in the body where male and female anatomy looks significantly different.

The Pelvis is not one solid bone, it’s made up of three separate bones with ligaments and connective tissue holding it together.

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The two side are the bones that look like elephant’s ears, and incorporate the hip joints. These are held together at the front by soft tissue. At the rear both sides sandwich the Sacrum, a bone made from separate vertebra that have fused together over thousands of years. On top of your Sacrum your spine is stacked and below is your coccyx, which is all that remain of the tails we once had.

As I mentioned above, the Pelvis is not one bone and this is crucial during child birth. In it’s normal state the pelvis is not wide enough for a baby to pass through. However, during labour the sides of the Pelvis flex outwards to allow the baby to pass through. The separate parts should then close back up and resume their normal form. However, this is not always the case (see posting on Sciatica).

I will return to problems related with misaligned Pelvis’s in the future.

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Sciatica, it’s a pain !

Most people have heard of sciatica, a lot of people have and do suffer with it. I did…. for 10 years !

Sciatica is usually caused in one of two ways – a disc problem in the lower back causing physical pressure on to the sciatic nerve, or muscles constricting the nerve because of bone misalignment. Sound complicated ? It really isn’t.

As per a previous posting, I explained how the nerves exit the spinal column between the vertebra forming your spine. If the pathway the nerve takes is restricted because of a problem with a disc or vertebra, this will give the symptoms of sciatica. If permanent damage has been caused then unfortunately there isn’t much that can be done without surgery or pain management.

However, sciatica can be caused in another way, as mine was.

Your skeletal frame is held together by your muscles. Unfortunately, your muscles are not intelligent and will hold a bone in it’s current position even if that isn’t where it should be. The muscles will, in these circumstances, tighten up as a direct reaction to the incorrectly placed bone.

The most common way sciatica occurs is by the pelvic bones being misaligned. As per my previous post, the pelvis is made up of a number of bones. If either side of your pelvis is rotated backwards, the muscles in your pelvis will tighten and constrict your sciatica nerve as it works it way towards your hip join and then down your leg.

The symptoms can also be caused by vertebra misalignments in the lower back (lumber region), or misalignment of the sacrum.

Misalignments are typically caused by falls, repetitive movement, rapid twisting movements, bad posture, car accidents and child-birth.

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If you suffer with sciatica and find that walking eases the pain then your sciatica can be treated.

Clients who I see with sciatica typically require two treatments to make a full recovery. I also empower clients to help heal themselves with some very simple one minute exercises.

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Some facts about body pain


Here are some facts about body pain that may dispel things you have grown up believing.

Fact: 20 million people in the UK will have back problems during their life time.

Fact: You can only register one bodily pain at a time.

Fact: A trapped nerve isn’t trapped.

Fact: Discs don’t ‘slip’.

Fact: Frozen shoulders are rarely ‘frozen’ solid.

From childhood we are conditioned to except some of the above statements as fact. The truth of the matter though is that these terms are used by Doctors and patients alike to put a name to many varying conditions that all cause body pain.

Over 20 million of us in the UK alone will experience some sort of back problems during our lifetime. That’s isn’t so surprising really seeing as how we rely on our spine and associated muscles to do so much in our daily lives. There are also many who will suffer damage from accidents and genetic problems.

The good thing is that no matter how many problems you have, your brain receptors will only register the one that is ‘shouting’ the loudest. You can have chronic back pain but if you hit your thumb with a hummer your back will stop hurting for a while as your thumb is shouting louder.

Nerves are rarely trapped, as a nerve trapped between two bones would be so painful you would just continuously pass out. Nerve can be restricted by muscles contracting onto them or pass through restricted pathways, which can be painful and create pins and needles.

Discs don’t slip. Yours discs are like shock absorbers, they sit between each of the vertebra which make up your spine. The discs are horseshoe shaped and are bonded to the bones. The open section of the discs points backwards and from this gap the nerves exit the spinal cord and go to other areas of the body.

Discs can bulge, become wedge shaped and will loose their sponginess in time but they can not slip from between the bones. This would cause a major trauma as it would impact on your spinal cord and result in unbelievable pain and paralysis.

Frozen shoulders are rarely frozen solid, the cause generally being muscular in nature. The shoulder joints are the most complicated joints in the human body, as no other joint allows such range of movement. All this movement is controlled by groups of muscles and damage to these muscles is usually the source restricted shoulder/arm movement.


Pain – The eternal enemy


Everybody, sometime in their life will suffer with bodily pain. For some it will be fleeting and a mere annoyance as they grow older. For other though, it will be a constant nagging voice, with them every minute of every day. Most people, however will have periods of intense pain due to an injury, an accident or the result of years of poor posture or repetitive movement.

As a specialist in muscular/skeletal pain I see many people with many complaints. Some problems are caused by genetics, some by injuries sustained recently or when the client was younger, others are the result of poor posture or asking their bodies to do too much.

Which ever is the case, we are actually talking about bio-mechanics, how your muscles and bones physically work. It’s really simple: a system of levers and hinges (bones and their joints) operated by electro-sensitive tissue (muscles), controlled by a wiring loom (nerves).

As with all machinery there are some standard things that go wrong, some from misuse and others by constant use over time. Unfortunately, there are other factors which have a bearing on how our bodies perform, including our ability to decide to be lazy and not use our bodies how we should.

To be fair many will not know they are misusing their bodies, as no one has ever told/shown them the correct way to do things or commented on their posture or their lack of exercise.

In my future messages I will explain, in plain language, how our bio-mechanics work, things that can go wrong and how we can prevent a lot of the pain we suffer with.