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 Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir 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
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.
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Kaina: Registration Fee: 80 EUR(Prague School registration fee) 310 EUR