Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, or DNS, is a rehabilitative method based on the principals of developmental kinesiology or movement. It is designed to stimulate the movement control centers in the brain to activate the body’s natural stabilization system. Professor Pavel Kolar, PaedDR, in Prague, pioneered DNS therapy. DNS is gaining in popularity worldwide among health care providers, athletic trainers, athletes and patients.
In a report released by the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, dynamic neuromuscular (core) stability is necessary for optimal performance by athletes. The report further goes on to state that this core stability “is not achieved purely by adequate strength of abdominals, spinal extensors, gluteals or any other musculature; rather, core stabilization is accomplished through precise coordination of these muscles and intra‐abdominal pressure regulation by the central nervous system”. DNS therapy allows users to activate these intrinsic stabilizers.
Essentially, you are re-learning the motor function you first learned as a baby. If you watch an infant that is learning to crawl, notice how they naturally stabilize their core while holding their head in line with the spine as they push up onto their elbows or hands. This use of motor functions continues through learning how to walk and other aspects of early childhood development.
The goal of DNS is to improve how the core functions. Think of your core as a cylinder that includes the pelvic floor, diaphragm, abdominal obliques and deep spinal muscles. When these muscles all work together, it facilitates an efficient way of maintaining upright posture. When even just one of these muscles is not functioning correctly, it compromises the entire movement. This is how poor posture can effect running, or any other athletic, performance. Once the exercises have been repeated often enough, they become automatic and a fundamental part of everyday movement.
If you are interested in learning more about DNS and how it may help you, call or stop in the gym and speak with one of our personal trainers. We’re more than happy to answer any of your questions!