What is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)?
The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement, and gait. This “motor control” is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the Prague School emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.
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 on the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols, which are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).
What are the course objectives?
- Improve understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology with emphasis on development during the first year of life
- Demonstrate the relationship between the development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood
- Introduce new terminology pertinent to rehabilitation for example, functional joint centration, punctum fixum, punctum mobile and the integrated stabilizing system of the spine
- Identify common stereotypes of faulty postural stabilizations (“open scissors syndrome”, forward drown posture, backward drown posture, “hour glass syndrome”)
- Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns
- Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine, 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 to integrate DNS corrective exercises with other exercise strategies
- Provide basic clinical management explanation for clinicians in order to better integrate the DNS approach in their regular practice, including patient education
- Optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “B”)
More about DNS:
What is Developmental Kinesiology?
Structure of the basic course A:
3 day (18 contact hours)
Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2019
Friday Nov 29: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday Nov 30: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday Dec 1: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact hours: 18 Hours
LOCATION: Stargate Physical Therapy
Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Physicians, Athletic Therapists, Rehab Nurse, PT and OT Assistants and other rehab professionals.
Robert Lardner graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy, Lund’s University, Sweden in 1991. He has worked in inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation facilities in Sweden prior to moving to Illinois in 1992 to continue sharing his passion for the rehabilitation principles. In Illinois, he worked as a staff physical therapist at McNeal Hospital, Clearing Industrial Clinic and a supervisor of physical therapy at Mercy Hospital.
He has also been in charge of physical therapy services at a number of private outpatient and sports clinics. In addition to these services, he has had teaching privileges at both the Southern California and the National Universities of Health Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He has studied with Professors Janda, Lewit and Kolář from the Czech Republic, who are pioneers in functional rehabilitation and manual medicine. Over the years he has taught different courses in the field of rehabilitation, utilizing techniques and approaches of leaders in this field whose philosophies he deeply appreciates. These include manual therapy, gait and movement analysis, exercise, and reflex philosophies and other various techniques. He is currently an international DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) instructor.At present, he is in private practice in Chicago and continues to teach various seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.