DNS Basic Course A

DNS Basic Course A


Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) is a new approach to rehabilitation which involves incorporating each component of the entire locomotor system as a whole in order to restore proper alignment and control. Each of these components is controlled by the central nervous system (CNS) – the central focus of DNS. The concept is largely based on the fact that man, unlike many other animals, is born with an immature CNS. With this in mind, DNS incorporates the principles of developmental kinesiology: specific, recognizable motor patterns that develop in stages after birth. These developmental motor patterns are translated into global motor patterns used in our adult life and can be used during clinical assessment and treatment to restore and stabilize functional movements. Through activation of these inborn movement patterns, CNS movements control centers are stimulated to restore proper alignment.

Course Description

DNS course A is the introductory basic course in the A - D course series. These courses place an emphasis on diagnostics and include a basis of instruction in the subjects of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, muscle physiology and kinesiology.


  • 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”)


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