DNS Exercise 1 – Victoria 2020

DNS Exercise Course 1

This course is designed to introduce DNS principles as they relate to exercise and fitness training.

For exercise and rehab professionals, trainers, and clinicians alike.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce DNS principles as they relate to exercise and fitness training.

Etiology of musculoskeletal pain, in particular back pain, is often evaluated from an anatomical and biomechanical standpoint, and the influence of external forces (i.e. loading) acting on the spine. What is often missing is the evaluation of internal forces induced by the patients own musculature. The stabilizing function of muscles plays a critical and decisive postural role, which in turn, is dependent on the quality of central nervous system (CNS) control. Kolar's approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a new and unique approach explaining the importance of the neurophysiological principles of the movement system. The DNS encompasses principles of developmental kinesiology during the 1st year of the life; these principles define ideal posture, breathing stereotypes and functional joint centration from a neurodevelopmental paradigm. DNS presents a critical set of functional tests to analyze the quality of functional stability of the spinal and joint stabilizers, and to assist in finding the key link of dysfunction. The stabilization training approach is based on ontogenetic global postural-locomotor patterns. The primary goal is to optimize distribution of internal forces of the muscles acting on each segment of the spine and/or any other joint. In the DNS training concept, client education and participation are imperative to reinforce ideal coordination among all stabilizing muscles to achieve the best sport performance.

DNS Exercise Course attendees are advised how to start the training of ideal postural-stabilization function in basic, i.e. the easiest, positions and how to progress with the exercise by using more challenging positions, applying resistance and/or by adding limb movement to meet clients specific requirements and sport goals.

DNS Exercise 1 Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology
  2. Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood.
  3. Discuss and demonstrate?the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, the biomechanics of motor function, the verticalization process & functional joint centration in postural development.
  4. Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
  5. Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests.
  6. Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements.
  7. Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies.
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Your Instructor

Dr Michael Maxwell

Dr. Michael Maxwell has been a fitness, health, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapy nerd since 1998. As a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and Chiropractor, he has sought out key mentors, courses, and conferences to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to help his clients and patients.

Frustrated by the lack of practical knowledge and skills provided in his Exercise Science undergraduate degree, and inspired by the extra-curricular conferences and courses he had previously attended, Dr. Maxwell began facilitating workshops and seminars that featured practical, hands-on content, taught by industry leaders. This is what led to the formation of Somatic Senses Education. Since 2003, Dr. Maxwell has organized well over 250 continuing education courses throughout Canada featuring industry leaders such as Lorimer Moseley, Donald Murphy, Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar and the outstanding Prague School Physios, Clayton Skaggs, Brett Winchester, Michael Shacklock, Dale Buchberger, Jack Miller, Clare Frank, Robert Lardner, Mark Finch, Charlie Weingroff, and many more! His mission is simple: provide evidence-informed, practical and world-class continuing education featuring industry leading clinicians, educators, and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of patient care!

Course Schedule

Approximate times. Please do not use for travel planning purposes.

Certification in DNS

4-8 months of time to practice is required between Exercise I, II & III if student is taking only the minimum of these 3 courses for certification. We recommend taking additional classes or repeating any for better understanding and learning of DNS skill set. To ensure adequate practice with clients, the practical test can only be taken one year after completion of the first DNS course (either DNS Exercise I or DNS A) and after passing an online test after Exercise II course. You may still choose to take DNS Exercise III prior to that 1-year span. However, if you wish to take the trainer certification practical test, you will have to re-take Level III again and sit for the practical test. Practical test can only be taken after successfully passing an online test.

Additional Information

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. Snacks and coffee breaks included (Lunch is on own). Electronic Hand-outs provided. A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor.

Ready to Register? Start Here

Step #1

Each person wishing to take a DNS course must pay a small fee (80 Euros) to the Prague School of Rehab, the originators and proprietors of all things DNS. Click on this Button to go directly to the Prague School Website and pay your Prague School Fee (80 Euros):

(scroll to the very bottom of the linked page)

Step #2

Purchase a seat in the course from Somatic Senses below:

DNS Exercise 1 – Victoria 2020

July 18-19, 2020
Exact Hours TBD
Location: Total Body Health, Victoria, BC

$695.00 $595.00

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