The Prague School and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization is an eclectic new manual rehabilitative approach based on developmental movement principles, which are rapidly gaining international popularity among healthcare providers, trainers, athletes, and patients.  Based on the brilliant work of Professor Pavel Kolar at Charles University’s Motol Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, DNS is the evolution and culmination of the evolving clinical methods developed at the renowned “Prague School” of Manual Medicine and Rehabilitation.  The “Prague School” of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors’ Vaclav VojtaKarel LewitVladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele.

Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).

DNS is designed to stimulate movement control centers in the brain in order to activate the body’s “stabilizing system.”  This allows for improved body awareness, posture, and respiration, improving the quality of specific and general exercise.  DNS techniques stimulate the brain, which controls all muscles, which in turn move and protect all joints.  DNS stabilizes the body by re-establishing the precise postures a maturing child utilizes to crawl and upright itself in order to finally stand and walk.  This method helps to restore the structural and postural alignment of the body’s neuromuscular skeletal system by invoking a full-body “global” motor pattern.
DNS is based on the scientific clinical standard utilized by pediatric neurologists, known as ontogenesis. Ontogenesis is the maturation of the human from conception to full maturity.  Simply stated, it is the process of growing up.  A critical part of ontogenesis is developmental kinesiology, which is the way humans gain control of their body movements as they mature.  At birth, the newborn has no conscious body control.  As the infant grows, he or she establishes the ability to control movement of body regions, known as Partial Motor Patterns.  The patterns combine to establish Global Motor Patterns, which form the foundation of human movement.  These patterns are activated in a specific sequence of increasing complexity during the postural development in the first few months of a child’s life.  Global Motor Patterns remain essential for control of posture and stability of the spine –the pivotal center of the entire locomotor system throughout the life of the individual.

The human locomotor system (the combined body systems which allow humans to move, making up roughly 75% of bodyweight) can lose its optimal function throughout life, leading to compromised function, stabilization, posture, respiration, and movement.  These compromises can lead to acute pain episodes, or worse, chronic recurring pain syndromes.  How does this occur?  Causative factors can include poor posture, injury, deconditioning, emotional stress, and weight gain.
DNS therapy stimulates the patient’s global motor system and by exploiting the adaptability of the brain, optimizes physiological connections to improve global function (whole body) or local function (i.e. shoulder, low back, knee, etc.).  The spinal joint manipulation, muscle relaxation, and soft tissue release procedures are all conducted in postural positions of ideal movements of an infant (crawling and turning).  In these positions of support, the maximum spinal stability and optimal global joint positioning (“centration”) of the entire body are achieved.
During DNS therapy, gentle pressure is applied to the body while the patient is positioned in specific, ideal positions corresponding to those of an infant during critical stages of development.  This pressure stimulates a global motor reaction which minimizes muscle imbalances, relieves painful muscle spasms, improves spinal stability, and encourages postural awareness.  Over time, through repetition of the customized DNS exercises taught in a clinic and continued independently at home, spinal stabilization becomes automated.
The results achieved by DNS are superior to conventional rehabilitation methods, which tend to address the problem locally, rather than globally. DNS therapy integrates brain stimulation with manipulation, mobilization, postural awareness, respiratory training, exercise, and education to achieve optimal, global body function.

Vilnius, Lithuania – May 29 – 30, 2021  –  Exercise Course “Part I”

DNS Exercise Course for Health Care & Exercise Professionals

Course objectives Sports & Fitness Courses

Exercise Course “Part I”

January 22 – 23, 2021

Presented by Zuzana Suzan, MPT

Course Objectives

PART I: 2 day course

•Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology.

•Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the locomotor system in adulthood.

•Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, the biomechanics of motor function, the verticalization process & functional joint centration in postural development.

•Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.

•Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests.

•Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements.

•Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies.

Certification in DNS Exercise Course

To ensure adequate practice with clients, this practical test can only be taken one year after

completion of the first DNS course (either DNS Exercise I or DNS A). You may still choose to take

DNS Exercise III prior to that 1-year span.  However, if you wish to take the trainer certification practical test, you will have to re-take Level III  again and sit for the test. Also, completing an online test after DNS exercise II  is a prerequisite for taking the practical test at DNS Exercise III course.

When you earn your certification, you can choose to have your name listed on the Prague School Rehabilitation website for a one-time fee of 20 Euros. You are required to take at least 1 DNS course every 3 years to retain your certification status.

VŠĮ Sveikatingumo ir terapijos centras

Įmonės kodas: 303500978
Sąskaitos nr. LT75 7044 0600 0800 2703 SEB bankas
Tel.: +37067652001



Kaina:  Registration Fee: 80 EUR(Prague School registration fee)  310 EUR

Vilnius, Lithuania – June 25 – 27, 2021  –  Basic course “A”

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Kolar (DNS)
A Developmental Kinesiology Approach

Basic course “A”

February 12 – 14, 2021

Presented by Jana Vesela, MPT

3 – Day Course

Course Objectives


Improve understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology with an emphasis on development during the first year of life

•Identify and describe key milestones in human development

•Introduce the three level of sensorimotor control in functional assessment and treatment

•Demonstrate the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood

•Introduce new terminology pertinent to rehabilitation such as functional joint centration, punctum fixum, punctum mobile and the integrated stabilizing system of the spine

•Define ideal postural stabilization from a developmental perspective: intra-abdominal pressure regulation, dual role of the diaphragm in stabilization and respiration, stabilization via co-contraction

•Identify common stereotypes of faulty postural stabilization (“open scissors syndrome”, forward drown posture, backward drown posture, “hour glass syndrome”)

•Explain and demonstrate biomechanics of homologous, ipsilateral and contralateral postural-locomotion patterns; closed and opened kinematic chains, stepping forward and supporting function

•Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns

•Demonstrate the correlation between poor respiration patterns and functional pathology of the locomotor system

•Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests

•Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions: exercise in homologous static positions; position transfer during locomotor function; exercise progression using unstable surfaces; increased difficulty of the exercises utilizing resistance, dual tasking and other challenges

•Clarify how DNS corrective exercises can integrate with other exercise strategies

•Cover the basics of application of DNS concept in sport training

•Provide basic clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate the DNS approach in their regular practice, including patient education

•Optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “B”)

A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor


Participants who would like to participate in the educational track towards becoming a certified practitioner can take this exam for an additional fee of 50 Euros.

The DNS A test is completely automatic and on line.  As soon as you register, you will receive a unique link to start the test.  The test is designed to sharpen your understanding and reinforce the concepts of DNS to make you a better trainer, therapist or physician.  The test is comprised of 50 multiple choice questions, including 10 picture questions.  You can spend as much time as you want to take the test.

To pass the test you must answer 35 out of the 50 questions correctly. You will get a maximum of three attempts to pass the test. As soon as you submit your test, you will receive your results immediately both on the screen and they will be sent to you via email.

Upon successful completion and passing of the test, a Certificate of ACHIEVEMENT from Prague School of Rehabilitation will be awarded.

VŠĮ Sveikatingumo ir terapijos centras

Įmonės kodas: 303500978
Sąskaitos nr. LT75 7044 0600 0800 2703 SEB bankas
Tel.: +37067652001



Kaina:  Registration Fee: 80 EUR(Prague School registration fee)  400 EUR

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