Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
Clinical Course A
July 16-18, 2021
Come join us for an introduction to the concepts and principles of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization in the clinical setting. We will be introducing and workshopping specific assessments, treatment methods and active exercising strategies in order to enhance the good work you already do.
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 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).
- 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”)
Bardonia Physical Therapy
New City Office
490 Route 304
New City, NY 10956
DNS A Clinical course is based on neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, muscle physiology and kinesiology with an emphasis on diagnostics. These courses are limited to licensed health professionals and manual therapist (MD, DO, PT, DC, OT, ATC, Licensed MT's and L.Ac.).
Dr. Bill Tortoriello graduated from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in 2006 as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Upon graduation, Dr. Bill opened his own private practice, Integrative Chiropractic, at the suggestion of his friend and mentor, senior DNS instructor, Robert Lardner, attended his first DNS course in 2007. Ever since, Dr. Bill has taken all varieties of DNS education offered, including all clinical and exercise courses, as well as special skills courses ranging from neurology and manual therapy, to orthopedics, scoliosis, and golf. Consequently, in 2014 Dr. Bill was certified as a formal DNS Practitioner, as well as one of only a select few DNS Pediatric Practitioners. While immersing himself in the traditional DNS principles, Dr. Bill has attempted to combine the knowledge gained from the Prague School with the primary, integrative approaches gleaned from other experts in the field of musculoskeletal medicine such as Shacklock and McKenzie.
In addition to maintaining a private practice in Chicago since 2006, Dr. Bill has also been honored to teach Functional Rehabilitation in the Clinical Sciences Department of his alma mater, NUHS, since 2015.
Dr. Bill strives to spread the DNS principles of movement, stabilization, and treatment to the Chiropractic profession, his students at NUHS, and more generally throughout the healthcare community.
Michael Rintala, DC:
Michael Rintala, D.C. is in private practice in San Diego, California specializing in sports medicine and rehabilitation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego. He graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1997.
Dr. Rintala has been part of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour Sports Medicine Team since 2004. He is also a treating doctor for the World Surf League (WSL) and a wide variety of other organizations ranging from Dance to Action Sports.
Dr. Rintala is one of the Prague School of Rehabilitation Primary Instructors teaching Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) in the United States. He is also a DNS Certified Exercise Trainer (DNSET).
Michael Rintala, D.C.
Course Fee's and Registration Instructions:
**In addition to course fee, there is a fee of 80 Euros (~$89 US dollars) for the Prague School. Follow the link below to take care of that fee: