DNS Exercise 1 – Halifax 2022

DNS Exercise courses are designed to introduce the neurodevelopmental approach to postural stabilization and movement.

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 clients specific requirements and sports goals.

These courses are designed for exercise and rehab professionals, trainers, and clinicians alike.

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 patients 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 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 the 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 sports performance.

Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology.
  2. Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the locomotor system in adulthood.
  3. 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.
  4. Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
  5. Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually
    and utilizing dynamic functional tests.
  6. Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements.
  7. Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies.

Course Outline

Approximate times. Please do not use for travel planning purposes.

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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.

Certification in DNS

4-8 months of time to practice is required between Exercise I, II & III if the student is taking only the minimum of these 3 courses for certification. We recommend taking additional classes or repeating any for better understanding and learning of the DNS skill set. To ensure adequate practice with clients, the practical test can only be taken one year after completion of the first DNS course (either DNS Exercise I or DNS A) and after passing an online test after the Exercise II course. You may still choose to take DNS Exercise III prior to that 1-year span. However, if you wish to take the trainer certification practical test, you will have to re-take Level III again and sit for the practical test. A practical test can only be taken after successfully passing an online test.

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 Exercise 1 – Halifax 2022

June 18-19, 2022
Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 1:30pm

Location:

     
26 Akerley Blvd.
Unit 104
Dartmouth, NS
B3B 0K4

$695.00

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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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