DNS Exercise 1 + Strength Training 1 – Halifax 2023

May 26-28

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.

DNS Strength Training 1 courses include all the content of DNS Exercise courses PLUS an additional day dedicated to applying the knowledge and skills of DNS Exercise 1 to Strength Training.

This course is for rehabilitation specialists (DC, PT, ATC, etc) who utilize traditional strength training movements with their clients and/or athletes, or for those who want to learn how to! This course bridges the gap between the incredibly refined and detail oriented approach of DNS Exercise to strength and performance-based training. The content covered in this course is applicable with both elite athletes and highly dysfunctional populations. Anyone can take this course; it is highly applicable to trainers, certified strength coaches and medical professionals.

DNS Exercise 1 - 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.

DNS Exercise 1 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.

The 3rd Day - DNS Strength Training 1

After setting the foundation in DNS Exercise 1, we will apply these principles to traditional non-differentiated, sagittal plane strength training movements. The day will start by refining the principles of functional competency and capacity, including the diaphragms dual function and its role in strength training. Then for the rest of the day, we MOVE! Starting with a DNS FLOW warm-up and proceeding through workshops on a variety of hinging (barbell dead lift, kettlebell swing), pressing, pulling, and squat movements. To finish the day, we will perform a group training session aimed at feeling, refining, and training trunk stability under load and under (just a little bit of) fatigue.

Course Schedule

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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.

Step #1

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

DNS Exercise 1 + Strength Training 1 – Halifax 2023

Exercise 1
May 26 – 27, 2023
Friday: 12noon – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
DNS Exercise 1 + Strength Training 1
May 26 – 28, 2023
Friday & Saturday same as above 
Sunday: 8am – 4pm
Pro-Active Health & Performance Centre
B3B 0K4
***Times are placeholders and will be updated as the venue is confirmed and the instructor’s travel arrangements are confirmed.

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Have you completed Exercise 1 and desire to update your skills to include Strength Training 1?  Contact us at info@dnsrehab.ca for a 50% discount code for the whole weekend!

Step #2

Click on this Button to go the Prague School Website and pay your Prague School Fee (80 Euros):

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