Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (D.N.S.) consists of protocols based on the teachings and treatment programs of Dr. Pavel Kolar and Dr. Karel Lewit, the father of manual medicine. The exercises and positions are derived from developmental kinesiology, the way we develop in the first year of life.

By using these positions that the body has been in the past, and in fact developed through, we can essentially hit “control-alt-delete” on the brain and re-train movement patterns and joint stabilization. 

The goal is to put the body back in these developmental positions to optimize joint position and activate all the right muscles around those joints. 

“Belly Breathing”

There is also an emphasis on diaphragmatic respiration (“belly breathing”) and creating intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) for core and pelvic floor stability.

Rather, these concepts are actually the building blocks for each of the developmental positions. The goal is to teach the brain how to activate the proper stereotype of movement and stabilization. The combination of joint manipulation and DNS exercises is extremely powerful for the overall function of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems.

Frequently Asked Questions About DNS

What is DNS?

A new method of intrinsic joint stabilization. It is a new manual rehabilitative approach to active the “integrated stabilizing system” and achieve exciting levels of improved function. Joint stabilization or the “stabilizing system” means having all the correct muscles being used around joints, primarily the core, hips and shoulders.

What is the ultimate goal of DNS treatment?

The ultimate strategy is to teach the brain to maintain central control and stability of the movement restored during the therapy. This is achieved by activation/stimulation of the stabilizers when placing the patient in the primal developmental positions.

How does DNS work?

DNS principles on based on developmental kinesiology, which is how a new-born moves and learns in the first year of life. Throughout life we adopt muscle activation patterns that lead to repetitive stress and overuse injuries. Utilizing DNS principles and exercises hits “control-alt-delete” on the brain to return the body to these developmental positions and muscular activation patterns. When these patterns are learned and established with treatment, the phasic stabilization muscles will automatically activate prior to purposeful movement to establish a stable base. DNS presents a critical set of functional tests that analyze the quality of functional stability and assist the clinician in finding a “key link” of dysfunction.

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