Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
Clinical Course A
April 24-26, 2020
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”)
Perfect Stride Physical Therapy
32 Union Square East, Suite 215
New York, NY 10003
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.).
Veronika earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic in 2007. She worked at a private Rehabilitation Center Monada in Prague between 2006 and 2014. She worked in both, an outpatient and in-patient settings, focusing on treatment of patients with various neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic diagnoses as well as paediatric population. For several years, she was a lecturer at the Department of Physical Education and Sport. In 2011, Veronika completed a course in Vojta’s Reflex Locomotion with emphasis on treatment of adult patients.
In 2013, she completed training in developmental kinesiology focused on functional assessment and treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries. She also studied the application of acupressure treatment for various neurological, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal diseases. Veronika also completed a course in Klapp‘s crawling. She specifically uses this treatment technique for children and young patients with scoliosis. She has been working at Professor Kolar’s private rehabilitation Centre of Movement Medicine in Prague since February 2015. Veronika has been teaching DNS courses in both, Czech and English languages since 2015.
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.
The Prague School of Rehabilitation has been an important influence on Dr. Rintala’s approach to patient care. He has been studying the principles and techniques of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization with Prof. Pavel Kolar since 2004.
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 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 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.
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