DNS – Course B – Toronto 2019

DATE: Dec 6-8, 2019
12-6 (Fri), 9-5 (Sat), 9-5 (Sun)


General Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of developmental kinesiology and its relationship with pathology of the locomotor system: review theory covered in the A course and introduce more advanced theory, namely the verticalization process
  2. Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology
  3. Introduce basic information about reflex locomotion according to Vojta
  4. Perform demonstration of assessments of babies: attendees will be able to recognize ideal and disturbed locomotor patterns and determine developmental age of the babies
  5. Demonstrate and teach proper handling of infants
  6. Demonstration application of DNS assessment and treatment in adult patients with pain and dysfunction within the locomotor system – stabilization assessment and treatment strategy
  7. Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system – review of Course A tests and introduction to additional, advanced tests
  8. Integration of corrective exercises based on newly taught DNS functional tests
  9. Exercise in differentiated ipsilateral and contralateral static positions, position transfer during locomotor function, exercise progression using unstable surface, resistance against “planned movement”, dual tasking and other challenges both in ipsi and contralateral patterns, transition between ipsilateral and contralateral patterns, training of isolated segmental movement
  10. Introduction to cortical functioning – body scheme, quality of relaxation, isolated segmental movements
  11. Provide more complex clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate more advanced DNS protocols into clinical practice
  12. Optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “C”)

Learning Outcomes

Course attendees will learn:

  • Skills to utilize basic and advanced tests to evaluate the stabilizing system of the spine and breathing stereotype
  • Skills to integrate basic principles of reflex locomotion within the DNS techniques
  • Skills to utilize advanced developmental positions in active treatment of the stabilizing system of the spine and in patient’s education
  • Skills to determine developmental age and recognize signs of abnormal early development
  • Skills to assess quality of cortical function
  • Skills to integrate developmental principles within other rehabilitation approaches.

With the above knowledge and skills, the attendee should be able to clinically apply these principles for:

  • Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system including vertebrogenic and radicular pain & painful syndromes resulting from chronic overload
  • Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system resulting from poor early development.
  • Proper handling of babies

About 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).

Course Outline


12:30 – 14:00     Developmental Kinesiology & ontogenesis – review of the basic principles

14:00 – 14:15   Coffee break

14:15 – 15:45   Primitive reflexes, postural reactions & postural activity during the first year of life

15:45 – 16:00   Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30   Functional assessment during the first year of life – demonstration of babies & video demonstration

17:30 – 18:00   Distinguish physiological and pathological development; central coordination disturbance; determine the developmental age; proper baby handling



8:00 – 9:15      Distinguish physiological and pathological development; central coordination disturbance; determine the developmental age; proper baby handling cont.

9:15 – 9:30     Coffee break

9:30 – 11:00       Optimal spinal stabilization  review of the basic DNS tests

11:00 – 11:15     Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45     Workshop: Additional and advanced DNS tests

12:45 – 13:45     Lunch

13:45– 15:15      Cortical function:  Body scheme assessment and treatment approach

15:15 – 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00     Workshop: Mobilization and relaxation techniques based on developmental kinesiology principles



8:00 – 9:30     Active exercise prescription based on developmental & reflex locomotion positions

9:30 – 9:45   Coffee break

9:45 – 11:15   Workshop: DNS active exercise

11:15 – 12:00  Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

12:00 – 13:00   Lunch

13:00 – 15:00  Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

15:00 – 15:15   Coffee break

15:15 – 16:30   Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

*Note: This is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

Your Instructors


Your Instructor

Zuzana Suzan

All Czech physiotherapists (CPT’s) have at least five years of clinical experience studying from and working with Professor Pavel Kolar, becoming highly skilled in his techniques. They are all full-time, active staff members of the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol, 2nd Medical Faculty, Charles University in Prague, where Professor Kolar serves as the head of the Rehabilitation Clinic and also of the Physiotherapy School. The physiotherapists serve as instructors in rehabilitation to both medical and physiotherapy students at Charles University. Some instructors also currently work as full-time or part-time therapists in Professor Kolar’s Center of Movement Medicine. The CPT’s not only assist Prof. Kolar during his courses in Prague and abroad, but also serve as independent lead instructors of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Kolar in DNS Courses world wide. 

In addition, the CPT’s are involved in various research projects studying the clinical effect of DNS, becoming experts in DNS application in specific topics such as DNS assessment and treatment of neurological, orthopedic or pediatric clients; DNS application in sport, fitness and exercise; DNS to improve female’s health; application of DNS principles in mobilization and relaxation techniques; combining DNS concepts with Yoga principles; and DNS treatment for clients with viscero-somatic symptoms etc. 

All CPT’s involved in the international instruction program of DNS have earned Master’s degrees in Physiotherapy. They have studied extensively with Professor Karel Lewit, an international authority in manual medicine for more than 5 decades and the founder of the internationally renowned “Prague School of Manual Medicine & Rehabilitation”. They have completed a 6-week course in Manual Medicine under Prof. Lewit or under his certified instructors. Most CPT’s also completed the instructor’s course in “Manual Techniques according to Lewit” thus being certified instructors in Manual Medicine in the Czech Republic.

Finally, all CPT instructors have completed an 8-week course in Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta to become certified Reflex Locomotion practitioners. Marcela Safarova, DPT, PhD and Sarka Spanehlova, MPT also serve as certified Reflex Locomotion international instructors. 

Additional Information

Registration price includes Prague School fee, a value of 80 Euros. Snacks and coffee breaks included (Lunch is on own). Electronic Hand-outs provided. A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor.

DNS – Course B – Toronto 2019

DATE: Dec 6-8, 2019
12-6 (Fri), 9-5 (Sat), 9-5 (Sun)