DNS Course A – Vancouver Nov 2022

The DNS Clinical Course Series is based on neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, muscle physiology, and kinesiology, with an emphasis on diagnostics.

These courses are limited to licensed health professionals (MD, DO, PT, DC, OT, ATC, massage therapists).

All clinical courses are 3-day, 18-hour courses.

General Course Objectives


DNS A introduces the fundamentals of developmental kinesiology and ontogenesis with a heavy emphasis on defining, assessing, and restoring optimal sagittal stabilization through the non-differentiated developmental positions. This course is often an eye-opener for participants, who will walk away with unparalleled knowledge and skills in restoring optimal sagittal stabilization and a new lens to assess human movement.


  1. Improve understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology with an emphasis on development during the first year of life
  2. Identify and describe key milestones in human development
  3. Introduce the three level of sensorimotor control in functional assessment and treatment
  4. Demonstrate the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood
  5. Introduce new terminology pertinent to rehabilitation such as functional joint centration, punctum fixum, punctum mobile and the integrated stabilizing system of the spine
  6. Define ideal postural stabilization from a developmental perspective: intra-abdominal pressure regulation, dual role of the diaphragm in stabilization and respiration, stabilization via co-contraction
  7. Identify common stereotypes of faulty postural stabilization (“open scissors syndrome”, forward drown posture, backward drown posture, “hour glass syndrome”)
  8. Explain and demonstrate biomechanics of homologous, ipsilateral and contralateral postural-locomotion patterns; closed and opened kinematic chains, stepping forward and supporting function
  9. Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns
  10. Demonstrate the correlation between poor respiration patterns and functional pathology of the locomotor system
  11. Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests
  12. Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions: exercise in homologous static positions; position transfer during locomotor function; exercise progression using unstable surfaces; increased difficulty of the exercises utilizing resistance, dual tasking and other challenges
  13. Clarify how DNS corrective exercises can integrate with other exercise strategies
  14. Cover the basics of application of DNS concept in sport training
  15. Provide basic clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate the DNS approach in their regular practice, including patient education
  16. Optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “B”)

Course Outline

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Course Instructor: Dr Michael Maxwell

Through his consistent and exceptional exposure to some of the world's 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 clinical continuing education. And more importantly, he is honoured to do so.

Dr. Maxwell is Canada's only Certified Instructor for Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Pavel Kolar. He is also Canada's only Certified Instructor for Michael Shacklock's Neurodynamics Solutions - Upper and Lower Quarter Courses.

Michael 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 300 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 currently works with a variety of patients including recreational and elite athletes, and non-athletes looking for fast results combined with long-term strategies for improved function and pain resolution. He has an extensive background in strength and conditioning and medical exercise. He is NCCP Level 1 Weightlifting certified and spent 10 years in the trenches as a strength and conditioning coach, medical exercise specialist, and Kinesiologist before he became a Chiropractor in 2007.

Additional Information

There are no prerequisites to attending this course. 

  • Electronic Hand-Outs provided by Prague School of Rehabilitation.
  • Electronic Certificate of ATTENDANCE distributed by the Prague School of Rehabilitation.

Ready to Register? Start Here

Step #1

Purchase a seat in the course from DNS Rehab Canada below:

DNS Course A – Vancouver Nov 2022

Nov 11-13, 2022
FRIDAY: 1pm-6pm
SATURDAY: 8:30am-5pm
SUNDAY: 8:30am-5pm
Location: Richmond Olympic Oval, Rm #1055
6111 River Rd, Richmond, BC V7C 0A2

$995.00

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Step #2

Each DNS course participant must pay a small fee (80 Euros) to the Prague School of Rehab, the originators and proprietors of all things DNS. Click on this button to go directly to the Prague School Website and pay your Prague School Fee (80 Euros):

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