Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a specialized rehabilitation technique developed by Pavel Kolar, PhD, PT from the teachings of Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, Vaclav Vojta, and Frantisek Vele. Originally designed for the treatment of neurologically compromised children, DNS has evolved to become an effective treatment for various conditions, including stroke, scoliosis, sports injuries, and painful conditions.
We are all born with a blueprint for movement, this blueprint or motor program is ingrained in our nervous system independent of biases, beliefs, or teachings. All humans from birth develop in the same way. We achieve movement milestones around the same time independent of outside influence. For example, at 3 months we all innately achieve the same developmental milestone known as the 3-month prone position. But why would we all put our bodies in this exact position? And why does it matter?
This key milestone is when we learn how to stabilize our neck in the correct way. We activate the muscles synergistically around our shoulder girdle, neck, and back for a pain-free functional movement. The motor programs we are born with allow us to develop ideal movement strategies that place our joints in perfect positions allowing for the ideal development of bony structures and muscle development. If everything goes to plan within the first year of life we are able to achieve our goal which is independent walking.
But……. somewhere in our lives, this ideal movement pattern gets distributed. Most commonly from a previous injury, repetitively poor posture, or improper coaching/teaching. DNS rehab promotes optimal neuromuscular coordination and muscle activation retraining the brain to move our bodies in the ideal movement patterns once again. When we are able to move and stabilize our bodies in the correct way we decrease our muscle tension and have freely movable joints which in turn allows us to live free of pain and perform at our truest potential.
DNS practitioners utilize assessment and testing techniques to pinpoint the root cause of pain by identifying incorrect movement and stabilization patterns as well as palpating the affected areas for muscle trigger points and joint blockages. Once the areas of dysfunction are identified, the patient is placed in developmental positions to re-educate the central nervous system. Re-activating and reinforcing the original movement program will improve posture, stability, and strength in the motor system. Allowing the patient to move in the correct strategy will enhance the patient's ability to perform functional activities without pain or limitations.
During treatment, DNS practitioners apply gentle contact to various parts of the body to stimulate the central nervous system and "reboot" the movement program as it was initially intended.DNS can be used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, scoliosis, acute injuries, chronic overuse injuries, and sports injuries. DNS is a holistic approach that considers the patient's entire body, and it is an effective treatment for patients of all ages and abilities.
Stress Fractures/ Stress Reactions
Acute Ankle sprains
Anterior Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
Snapping hip syndrome
Hip Flexor Strain
Dr. Matheau Denner has extensive training in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization from The Prague School of Rehabilitation. Denner Chiropractic & Performance is located in Pineville, North Carolina.
Dr. Matheau Denner | (DNS) Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Course History
- DNS A
- DNS B
- DNS C
- DNS Exercise 1
- DNS Exercise 2
- DNS Pediatrics
- DNS Pelvic Floor Activation and Relaxation
- DNS Movement Preparation and Flow
- DNS Optimizing Dynamic Stabilizing Function of the Hip
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