Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a technique system originally developed in Prague with the intention of treating neurologically delayed children. It can also be used to treat pain and dysfunction in adults, and does so very effectively.
It is based on the concepts of Developmental Kinesiology in which the exercises are progressed by stages of development an infant goes through from birth onward to their complete development.
The first thing that a baby must learn is the ability tobreathe and stabilize their abdomen, then lift their heads, and then they roll over, etc. The specific exercises are even named based on developmental milestones (3 month position, 4.5 month position, 6 month position and so forth). Our treatment exercises reflect those positions, first we make sure can maintain our posture and control our diaphragm to breathe, and then we roll over with control and progress from there.
According to their research, the movements a baby performs are the most efficient because they are neurologically programmed in our nervous system, as we age and move through our teens to adult years, due partly to the demands modern society places on us we slowly begin to move in such a way that is less ideal. With practice, we can begin to re-learn these movement patterns so they become natural again.
Once we establish strength in one position, we then progress in complexity to next until we have run through the gamut. We build strength and coordination “from the ground up”, ideal core stability will translate to ideal hip and shoulder stability.
DNS is quickly gaining popularity with professional athletes, Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar attributes training in a similar style to his improved performance and injury resilience.
“It sounds kind of weird unless you see it happen, but my focus is really to try to move like an infant child, they do a lot of things right: they know how to properly roll over, they don’t allow their big muscles to dominate their bodies. The big thing I’ve noticed is I wake up in the morning and feel better, I’m not as sore as I used to be.”
While DNS is very effective at treating athletes, it can also be used with success for anyone with lower back, neck, shoulder or hip pain. Results are realized quicker when used in conjunction with chiropractic manipulation and soft tissue treamtnet.
A typical DNS focused session will last 30 minutes, the first session will involve a complete assessment of your posture, stability, and movement quality. Exercise selection will be dictated by your individual needs and strengths, you will also be given exercises to practice at home. Come prepared to move, struggle, learn and sweat.
About the Author:
Dr. Adam Robinson has been involved in the Strength and Conditioning community in Calgary since 2010, making professional and amateur athletes stronger, faster, and more injury resilient. Are you interested in booking an appointment with Dr. Robinson? Contact us here.