Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) – Clinical Courses


These DNS courses are based on neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, muscle physiology and kinesiology with an emphasis on diagnostics. These courses are limited to licensed health professionals.

Upcoming courses:
Basic B course:
-Kaunas: September 3-5, 2021

Event Teacher Date Language Location Price  
Basic B course
Eliska Urbarova
September 3-5, 2021
English (Lithuanian)
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About Dynamic NeuroMuscular Stabilization: 

Much attention has been given in recent years to the development, maintenance and decline of functional stability of the locomotor system. Indeed, emerging research has proven the existence of the deep, or core, stabilizing muscles and their impact in controlling safe joint motion. This is especially true for the joints of the spinal column, where the complexity of the biomechanical and neurophysiological demands is phenomenal. With the increased understanding of functional stability have arisen new theories regarding the etiology of functional pathology and also of effective treatment methods to restore stability. Unfortunately, these techniques have yielded less than satisfactory results for many frustrated clinicians. Some methods, although based on sound principles, have been criticized as impractical.

It is during this period that a new method of intrinsic locomotor system stabilization has arisen to dramatically gain the attention of rehabilitation specialists. Pavel Kolar, PaedDr., Ph.D. has indeed spawned a new manual approach to activate the intrinsic system and achieve exciting levels of improved function in a remarkably brief period. Based upon the principles of developmental kinesiology, the neurophysiological aspects of the maturing locomotor system on which the Prague school was established, he has expanded the scope of clinical options in an exciting new direction. Attendees to the course will be introduced to these methods.

One of the most exciting aspects of the course is that this method describes the first new manual approach to the treatment of radicular syndromes since Cox and McKenzie did so decades ago. The success of this method has gained a great deal of interest among clinicians around the world.

For whom are these courses for?

  • Medical doctors;
  • Physiotherapists;
  • Occupational therapists;
  • Chiropractors;
  • Massage Therapists

Courses are thought in English, with a direct translation to Lithuanian.

Clinical DNS courses are structured into 4 parts:

  • Basic A and B (3 day each) courses
  • Intermediate C (3-4 day) course
  • The Final Course D is over 6 days. This is the general course taking place in Prague both for participants following the standardized educational A-D track and the Pediatric DNS track.

Eligibility requirements to apply for the final DNS course D
(6 days course in Prague, by invitation only):

  • Completion of medical courses parts A-C, and at least two additional DNS workshops which may include: repeated medical courses parts A-C, pediatric courses 1-3, , DNS skills review sessions, DNS exercise courses etc.
  • Receipt of certificates of achievement in medical courses parts A-C or in standardized DNS pediatric courses 1-3.
  • Application for course D must take place no earlier than three years and no later than 7 years, following completion of DNS pediatric course part 1 or DNS standardized course A.
  • Demonstrate adequate handling skills that are evaluated by the respective instructors during
    workshop practice sessions.

Course attendees will have a clear understanding of:
• The basic principles of developmental kinesiology.
• Development during the first year of life: stabilization of the spine in the sagittal plane, development of the phasic movements coupled with trunk rotation.
• The relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood.
• The reflex consequences following central neural programs during the first year of life.
• Functional stabilization of the spine
• Correction of poor stereotypical respiration.
• New terminology such as functional joint centration and decentration, stabilization, punctum fixum. In addition, posture will be discussed from a developmental point of view.

Course attendees will possess:
• Skills to utilize the most important tests to evaluate the stabilizing system of the spine.
• Skills for evaluation of breathing stereotypes.
• The most important techniques used in active treatment of the stabilizing system of the spine utilizing the principles of ontogenesis.

With the above knowledge and skills, the attendee should be able to clinically apply these principles for:
• Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system, vertebrogenic and radicular pain syndromes where the deep stabilizing system of the spine plays a crucial role.
• Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system resulting from poor early development.

Course Schedule:

Day 1
9.00 – 10.30 Developmental Kinesiology, Ontogenesis – Basic Principles
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Developmental Stages in the 1st year of life – Physiological & Pathological Development
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Stabilization of Spine, Trunk and Pelvis in Sagittal Plane, Breathing stereotype (ideal and pathological models).
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 17.00 Stabilizing system of the spine: DNS postural tests – assessment principles

Day 2
9.00 – 10.30 Basic postural stabilization assessment and treatment principles
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Postural stabilization: basic supine positions corresponding with developmental positions assessment and treatment/self-treatment principles: theory and demonstration
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30– 15.00 Postural stabilization: basic supine positions corresponding with developmental positions: hands on workshop
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 17.00 Postural stabilization : basic supine positions corresponding with developmental positions: hands on workshop

Day 3
8.30 – 10.30 Postural stabilization : basic prone positions corresponding with developmental positions theory and demonstration: assessment and treatment/self-treatment principles:
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Postural stabilization : basic prone positions corresponding with developmental positions: hands on workshop
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Postural stabilization : demonstration of higher positions corresponding with development between 3-14 months: intro to DNS course B. Final discussion

Upcoming Basic A courses :
New dates will be announced soon!

Fee: 440 eur.
IMPORTANT! There is an additional Prague Reabilitation School Fee of  80 Eur. (exl.  VAT) that needs to be paid in order to participate in the course.

Course attendees will have a clear understanding of:

• Demonstrate an understanding of developmental kinesiology and its relationship with pathology of the locomotor system: review theory covered in the A course and introduce more advanced theory, namely the verticalization process

• Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology

• Introduce basic information about reflex locomotion according to Vojta

• Perform demonstration of assessments of babies: attendees will be able to recognize ideal and disturbed locomotor patterns and determine developmental age of the babies

• Demonstrate and teach proper handling of infants

• Demonstration application of DNS assessment and treatment in adult patients with pain and dysfunction within the locomotor system – stabilization assessment and treatment strategy

• Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system – review of Course A tests and introduction to additional, advanced tests

• Integration of corrective exercises based on newly taught DNS functional tests

• Exercise in differentiated ipsilateral and contralateral static positions, position transfer during locomotor function, exercise progression using unstable surface, resistance against “planned movement”, dual tasking and other challenges both in ipsi and contralateral patterns, transition between ipsilateral and contralateral patterns, training of isolated segmental movement

• Introduction to cortical functioning – body scheme, quality of relaxation, isolated segmental movements

• Provide more complex clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate more advanced DNS protocols into clinical practice

• Optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “C”)

Participants who would like to participate in the educational track towards becoming a certified practitioner can take this exam for an additional fee of 100 Euros. The test will consist of an analysis of babies at various developmental stages. Web link with videos will be mailed to participant for analysis. Participants are required to return the test to the local instructor within a month after the course. Upon successful completion and passing of the test, a Certificate of ACHIEVEMENT from Prague School of Rehabilitation will be awarded.

May only re-take the test 3 times.

The clinician would be required to repeat one or more courses, before re-qualifying for certification

Tentative Course Program

Day 1 Friday – September 3, 2021
9.00 – 10.30 Developmental kinesiology & ontogenesis; review of the basic principles.
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break.
10.45 – 12.30 Primitive reflexes, postural reactions & postural activity during the first year of life. Functional assessment during the first year of life – demonstration of babies & video demonstration. Distinguish physiological and pathological development; central coordination disturbance; determine the developmental age. Proper baby handling.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30 – 15.00 DNS active exercise in supine positions – review and advanced modifications. Muscle synergies in supine DNS /ontogenetic positions.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break.
15.15 – 17.00 DNS active exercise in supine positions – workshop.

Day 2 Saturday – September 4, 2021
9.00 – 10.30 DNS active exercise in prone positions – review and advanced modifications. Muscle synergies in prone DNS /ontogenetic positions.
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break.
10.45 – 12.30 DNS active exercise in prone positions – workshop.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30– 15.00 Developmental dyspraxia, DCD, cortical function – theory, video demonstration & practical outcomes.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break.
15.15 – 17.00 Workshop: supine and prone positions – cont.

Day 3 Sunday – September 5, 2021
8.30 – 10.30 DNS active exercise in side lying positions – introduction on basic muscle synergies. Possible modifications of ipsilateral locomotor pattern training and progression.
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.30 DNS active exercise in side lying positions – worksop. Advanced “higher” ontogentic positions for active exercise. Patient’s education.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 DNS based mobilization & relaxation techniques. Final DNS review & discussion.


Eliska Urbarova, MPT

Eliška Urbářová completed her Physiotherapy Master’s degree at the Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacky University, Olomouc in 2011. She also studied physiotherapy in Finland at Lahti University of Applied Science for five months. Since 2011, Eliska has been working as a physiotherapist within the outpatient and inpatient departments at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol in Prague. She also became an instructor in rehabilitation, teaching physiotherapy to medical students at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine within Charles University.

Eliška specialized in the functional assessment and treatment of older children, adults and sport patients, she has completed numerous professional courses including the: Aerobics diploma; Children aerobics; Stretch and Overball diploma; Chi-toning and Bosu courses; Medical Taping Concept; Form, function and facilitation by Clare Lewit; Global reciprotion inhibitor by Petr Bitnar and Reflex locomotion according prof. Vojta. Since 2012 she is certified instructor for “Kolar´s Approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: A Developmental Kinesiology Model”.

In her rehabilitation practice, Eliška particularly focuses on the treatment of older children and adult patiens with neurologic and functional problems. 2011-2013 she has worked with U19men Floorball National team as a physiotherapist, 2014-2016 with FBC Kladno 1st Floorball League team as physiotherapist and fitness coach.

Ruud Alsemgeest, BSc, MSc, DC

Born in The Netherlands, Ruud Alsemgeest graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, in Bournemouth, United Kingdom in 2002. The next ten years he worked as chiropractor and clinic director of one of the largest private chiropractic clinics in The Netherlands. Here, he was fortunate to be able to become experienced with a large variety of patients, from babies to elderly, from weekend-warriors to international elite athletes.

Ruud was introduced to the work of Professors Karel Lewit and not the least Pavel Kolar in 2009. Ever since then, Dynamic Muscular Stabilization has greatly influenced Ruud’s scope of practice.

After his move to Stockholm, Sweden, in 2012 he has been working at his private chiropractic and rehabilitation clinic Funktions Fabriken. Here, he combines an array of manual therapy and soft tissue techniques with DNS developmental exercises and evaluation. His biggest interests are movement analysis and performance optimization for athletes.

For more information: Phone: +370 618 67325 or E-mail: [email protected]