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DNS – Manual Therapy – Toronto 2018

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - November 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm PST

$695 – $895

Course Description

This special DNS course aims to...

  • provide a brief review of the rehabilitation process

  • provide a background to the utilization of manual tools and their relationship to the audit process in clinical decision making

  • consider implementing manual techniques that can benefit the goal of augmenting and facilitating DNS (or other) rehabilitative approaches in affecting the psycho- somatic unit represented in the patient

  • give examples of practical application of the manual techniques and the utilization of the DNS approach to influence the outcome of the rehabilitation process


Note: Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization "A" Course is the only prerequisite to take this course. If you haven't taken DNS "A", be sure to check our events page to find a course in your area.

General Course Objectives

At the completion of the course the student will:

  • Understand the role of the assessment as an audit process for manual therapy

  • Understand the focus of soft tissue techniques in relationship to the use of developmental positions in DNS

  • Understand the importance of the interaction of the CNS and the musculo-skeleto-facial system and the improvement of perception and movement

  • Understand the importance of restoring mobility and mobilizing various components of the rib cage and axial spine for improving respiratory strategies

  • Understand the importance of assessing and mobilizing different components at the four primary joint complexes of the humero/scapular and the coxo/ pelvic region, and the peripheral joint complexes

  • Understand the restoration of cervical posture

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

Robert Lardner was born in Nigeria in 1961. His first career was as a professional ballet and modern dancer after studying at the Rambert Ballet Academy outside London, England. Going back to University he graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy, Lund’s University, Sweden in 1991. He has worked in several in- and out- patient rehabilitation facilities in Sweden prior to moving to the United States in 1992.

Having been a staff physical therapist at McNeal Hospital, Clearing Industrial Clinic, and a physical therapy supervisor at Mercy Hospital, he has also been in charge of physical therapy services at a number of private outpatient and sports clinics.

He has also studied with Professors of Janda, Lewit and Kolář from the Czech Republic who are pioneers of functional rehabilitation and manual medicine and who have strongly influence his philosophy and practice of physical therapy. He is a member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK)

Currently, he is in private practice in Chicago and teaches various rehabilitation seminars throughout the United States and Europe.


Course Outline


9-10:45am: LECTURE: Intro to DNS Philosophy (Rehab-Function-Performance); The role and importance of manual therapy in rehabilitation the process. Examples of different modalities of manual techniques. The general approach to assessment (use of ROM, palpation, MMT, etc)

11-12pm: LAB: Function of Postural Analysis, ROM, MMT, Palpation, Provocative Muscle Testing, etc. Clinical Decision Making specific to the Thorax and Upper Quadrant

12-1pm: LUNCH

1-2pm: LECTURE: Dysfunction of the Thorax and Upper Quadrant as it relates to the DNS Model; Evaluation Process and

2-3:15pm: LAB: Sagittal Plane Stabilization of the Thorax and Upper Extremity with emphasis on the ribs, spinal alignment and the GH joint position and respiration

3:15-5:30pm: LAB: Clinical Applications of Manual and Reflexive Therapy techniques for the Thorax and Upper Quadrant. Manual Therapy Techniques for the Thorax and Upper Quadrant



8-9:30am: LECTURE: Discussion of Pelvic Anatomy, Hip Biomechanics, and Stabilization; Common Dysfunction Patterns of the Lumbo-Pelvi-Coxal complex relating to DNS and locomotion

9:30-11:45am: LAB: Evaluation of Thoraco-Pelvic Canister Biomechanics and Stabilization; Corrective Strategies Specific to Pelvis; Manual Technique vs. Dynamic Activity

11-45-1pm: LAB: Clinical Applications of Manual and Reflexive Therapy techniques for the Locomotion Patterns of the Pelvi-Coxal complex applied to DNS strategies

1-1:15pm: BREAK

1:15-2:30pm: LAB: Continued Manual techniques applied to DNS strategies for improving Pelvi-Coxal function

Additional Information

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization "A" Course is the only prerequisite to take this course.
Registration price includes Prague School fee, a value of 80 Euros.
Snacks and coffee breaks included (Lunch is on own).
A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor.

Schedule and Location

SWAT: Synergy Wellness Attitude Training
Mississauga, ON L5G 1E8
November 17-18, 2018
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm (no lunch break)


November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am
November 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
$695 – $895


SWAT: Synergy Wellness Attitude Training
141 Lakeshore Rd E
Mississauga, Ontario L5G 1E8 Canada
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Robert Lardner, PT


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