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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization – Exercise Course “Part I” – Ottawa 2019

March 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm PDT

$595 – $795

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 patient’s 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 client’s specific requirements and sport goals.

Target audience: Clinicians,  trainers, coaches, body work therapists, exercise physiologists & kinesiologists. Please contact the local organizer if you are part of a group that is not listed.

General Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology.
  • Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
  • Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests.
  • Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements.
  • Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies.

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


8.00 – 9.30     Developmental Kinesiology, Ontogenesis – Basic Principles & Application in Sport

9.30 – 9.45      Coffee break

9.45 – 11.15     Postural – Locomotiom Function: Definition of Optimal and Abnormal Patterns

11.15 – 11.30    Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00  Stabilizing System of the Spine: DNS Tests (workshop)

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch

14.00 – 16.30  Basic Types of Stabilization Exercise Utilizing Optimal Developmental Positions and Patterns - Demonstration

16.30 – 16.45  Coffee Break

16.45 – 18.00  Active Exercise Prescription Based on Developmental Positions (workshop)



8.00 – 9.30       Active Exercise Prescription Based on Developmental Positions (workshop)

9.30 – 9.45     Coffee break

9.45 – 10.30     Active Exercise Prescription Based on Developmental Positions – modification for strengthening exercise (workshop)

10.30 – 12.00    Active Exercise Based on Developmental Positions: modifications to train basic sport movements: throwing, jumping, kicking, shooting, stroking (workshop)

12.00 – 12.15     Coffee break

12.15 – 1.30     Workshop cont. Q&A, Discussion

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

Additional Information

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.


March 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am
March 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
$595 – $795


Greater Ottawa Area
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A4 Canada + Google Map


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