General Course Objectives
- 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
- Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology
- Introduce basic information about reflex locomotion according to Vojta
- Perform demonstration of assessments of babies: attendees will be able to recognize ideal and disturbed locomotor patterns and determine developmental age of the babies
- Demonstrate and teach proper handling of infants
- Demonstration application of DNS assessment and treatment in adult patients with pain and dysfunction within the locomotor system – stabilization assessment and treatment strategy
- Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system – review of Course A tests and introduction to additional, advanced tests
- Integration of corrective exercises based on newly taught DNS functional tests
- 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
- Introduction to cortical functioning – body scheme, quality of relaxation, isolated segmental movements
- Provide more complex clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate more advanced DNS protocols into clinical practice
- Optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “C”)
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).
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.
There are no prerequisites to attend this course. 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.