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DNS – Course “B” – Vancouver 2019

May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm PDT

$895 – $1095

General Course Objectives

DNS Course "B" attendees will develop a clear understanding of:

  • Developmental kinesiology basic principles; ontogenesis during the first year of life, relationship between early ontogenesis and pathology of the movement system in adulthood (Course “A” review)
  • Primitive reflexes, postural activity, postural reactions: its importance in assessment, early identification of abnormal development
  • Assessment of newborn and babies during the first year of life, developmental age determination, practical & video demonstration
  • Assessment of spinal, chest and pelvic stabilization, assessment of breathing stereotype using the DNS tests. Advanced modification of the DNS tests, practical details in clinical evaluation. Practical demonstration with adult patients.
  • Basic principles of reflex locomotion and its application within the DNS: RT1, RT2, RC and 1st position
  • DNS therapeutic approaches training optimal sagittal core stabilization. DNS active exercise based on reflex locomotion principles and developmental positions. Review of the basic treatment positions demonstrated in course “A”, demonstration and practical workshop of advanced positions & modifications.
  • How to integrate the DNS with other rehabilitation approaches: myoskeletal mobilization and relaxation techniques
  • Cortical function & dyspraxia: assessment of body scheme; how to integrate cortical control within the DNS training.
  • Patient’s education and DNS self-treatment.
  • Parent’s education in proper baby handling
  • Getting ready for the DNS 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).

About the Instructor

Julia Demekova has been working as a physiotherapist at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol, 2nd School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She also acts as a lecturer at Charles University, 2nd School of Medicine teaching physical therapy to both students of physiotherapy undergraduate program and medical students.

Julia Demekova achieved Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 2007, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2006 she completed a course in Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta focusing on the treatment of adult patients. She has worked in the ‘Lipová the Spa’ at the out-patient unit focusing on treatment of overweight patients, coordinating the organization of the controlled movement therapy and dietetic restrictions. In 2006-2009 she acted as assisting instructor in Manual Medicine Courses.

Since 2009 Julia Demekova works as a full-time active member of the rehabilitation stuff at the Rehabilitation clinic, University Hopsital Motol in Prague, achieving an extensive experience with functional assessment and treatment of patients with various types of neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopedic diagnoses, and also with pediatric clients. She works at both in- and out patient departments at the Motol rehabilitation Clinic as well as at the Spinal Unit and Pain Management Center.

Julia Demekova closely works under Professor Pavel Kolar’s supervision, becoming an expert in the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization approach. Ms. Demekova has acted as an instructor in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2010. She has been teaching the DNS courses in Czech Republic, Slovakia and other European countries and in North America.


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.

Additional Information

DNS Course "A" is the prerequisite 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.


May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am
May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
$895 – $1095


Greater Vancouver Area
Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 3A5 Canada + Google Map


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