Back Pain, Joint Pain, Any Pain?


The Dorn Method with Annemarie Veltman Might be the answer

By Lydia Schoonderbeek



Today we are seeing a major shift in medical choices, with more and more people opting for alternative therapies rather than pharmaceuticals and conventional medicine. Cairo West Magazine meets with Annemarie Veltman, a Dorn Method practitioner and instructor, certified by the Academy for Holistic Healing Arts International in Germany. This latest treatment to hit Cairo might be the safe and holistic treatment you need for your aches and pains.

What is the Dorn Method and how can Annemarie help you?

The Dorn Method is a gentle and safe way to correct misalignments of the spine and other joints, and in doing so helps to relieve back and joint pain along with associated problem-areas such as neck pain, headaches, sciatica, jaw, knee, shoulder and other common problem areas. People who come for a Dorn session are shown very simple tips and techniques to take away with them so they can help themselves to stay pain free.

Dorn consists of a range of simple exercises and techniques that aim to help joints to slip back into their natural positions using a gentle approach, which involves the active participation of the client. A range of simple after care exercises are also provided for clients to take away and practice in order to help them benefit over the long term.


  • Dorn is a gentle spinal and joint therapy and self-help method, which is non manipulative, designed to help alleviate back problems and other common health problems caused by a wrongly placed spine or differing leg lengths.


  • It has its origins in Germany where it is now one of the most widely used approach for back pain, used by therapists, doctors and other healthcare professionals.


  • It is a holistic treatment, which means other areas may be helped as a consequence of working on the nerve system of the body.
  • It is free of unpleasant side effects, completely safe and a harmless treatment, where no medication is required.
  • All corrections only happen in a dynamic way, that is, with the client aiding therapy by actively participating with the practitioner.




Do you use other therapies in conjunction with the Dorn Method?

Along with the Dorn method, I use the Breuss massage, which is a very gentle spinal massage that safely stretches, nourishes, aligns and energizes the spine, which combines perfectly with the Dorn Method.

Herbal organic oils are used to massage into and around the spine to help expand the discs, which increases the distance between the vertebrae and results in improved flexibility. This sensitive pressure technique alleviates pain, back muscles relax, spinal mobility can be regained and blood circulation improved. If the person being treated is very tense, treatment will start with a massage, but usually the massage is done afterwards in order to stretch and nourish the spine.


What are the main benefits?

The Dorn Method is a combination of three parts, which together provide an overall maintenance designed to look after the body over the long term. As well as the actual therapy, which focuses on looking for and correcting imbalances within the body, Dorn also promotes the use of better posture in day-to-day life. For example, not sitting crossed legged or not slouching while sitting, not carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or being on your mobile phone at the same time; these are typical bad habits we fall into, and which over time can lead to health problems.


How long is the session for?

Each session is for an hour and thirty minutes, as it includes a 15 min consultation with each individual client. The Dorn session begins with checking leg length, as a very high percentage of people suffering from back pain show a difference in the length of their legs. Gentle techniques to correct any imbalances are then used if necessary. Following this the pelvis is checked for misalignment with corrections made, after which the spine is checked and corrected if necessary.


Are our emotions linked to our spine?

The spine is like any other living organism, which is in a constant state of ‘stress and relief’. It not only needs nourishment and rest, but also the right amount of ‘stress’ in the form of active movements to maintain its strength and function.

What our spine supports:


  • Pain in our upper spine stands for lack of emotional support, feeling unloved or holding back to love.


  • Pain in our middle spine stands for guilt, stuck in the past, “Get off my Back”.


  • The lower stands for fear of money, lack of financial support.

A short overview how our emotions connect with our organs:

  1. Stress weakens the heart and brain (Brain connects with C1/Heart connects with Th1)


  1. Sadness, grief, depression weaken the lungs (Th3)


  1. Anger weakens the liver (Th5)


  1. Worry and anxiety weaken the stomach and spleen (Th6,7,8)


  1. Fear weakens the kidneys (Th10)

(C stands for cervical/Th stands for thoracic)


Have a look at the following:


  1. Arthritis in the body means feeling unloved, constant criticism, or feelings of resentment.


  1. Bursitis is a sign of repressed anger


  1. Bone break/fracture is a sign of rebelling against authority


  1. Joint pain represents changes in direction in life and the ease of these movements.


  1. Loss of balance is a sign of not being centered, scattered thinking


  1. Sciatica is a sign of being hypocritical, fear of money and fear of the future.


  1. Slipped disk means indecisiveness and feeling totally unsupported by life.


  1. Sprains are a sign of not wanting to move in a certain direction in life, and stands for anger


Annemarie Veltman,

Dorn Method Practitioner & Instructor

Annemarie Veltman also gives talks on the importance of the Dorn Method to schools, businesses and to small groups. She also conducts Dorn, and Breuss Massage courses. To book sessions with her please refer to our address book.


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