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

September 28 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm EDT

$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

Dr. Dave Juehring is the Director of the Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department and the Rehabilitation Residency at Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. He also holds a full professor position at the institution and is board certified in rehabilitation by the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. He is an international DNS instructor and post graduate speaker having spoken on the topics of rehabilitative and is published on similar topics in texts and peer reviewed journals. Over a 12 year period, he was actively involved with the US Bobsled program as a team leader and coach for the 1994, 1998 and 2002 winter Olympic Games helping the program win many medals and championships, most notably a Gold medal for the women’s team and a Silver and Bronze for the men’s team at the 2002 games.

Dave Juehring

About the Instructor

Dr. Michael Maxwell has been a fitness, health, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapy nerd since 1998. As a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and Chiropractor, he has sought out key mentors, courses, and conferences to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to help his clients and patients.

Frustrated by the lack of practical knowledge and skills provided in his Exercise Science undergraduate degree, and inspired by the extra-curricular conferences and courses he had previously attended, Dr. Maxwell began facilitating workshops and seminars that featured practical, hands-on content, taught by industry leaders. This is what led to the formation of Somatic Senses Education. Since 2003, Dr. Maxwell has organized well over 250 continuing education courses throughout Canada featuring industry leaders such as Lorimer Moseley, Donald Murphy, Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar and the outstanding Prague School Physio’s, Clayton Skaggs, Brett Winchester, Michael Shacklock, Dale Buchberger, Jack Miller, Clare Frank, Robert Lardner, Mark Finch, Charlie Weingroff, and many more! His mission is simple: provide evidence-informed, practical and world-class continuing education featuring industry leading clinicians, educators, and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of patient care!

Dr. Maxwell has served as an assistant instructor for many of the courses and instructors he has worked with and has presented in Canada and the United States on movement-based care, rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is a Certified Instructor for Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Pavel Kolar. Through his consistent and exceptional exposure to some of the worlds most recognized clinicians and educators, 20 years in the trenches helping clients and patients reach their goals, and his dedication to providing exceptional and comprehensive care in clinical practice, Dr. Maxwell is well positioned to provide outstanding continuing education. And more importantly, he is honoured to do so.

 Dr. Maxwell currently works with a variety of patients including recreational and elite athletes, and the non-athlete looking for fast results combined with long-term strategies for improved function and pain resolution.


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.


September 28 @ 8:00 am
September 29 @ 5:00 pm
$595 – $795


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


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