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 A course:
-Kaunas: November 27 – 29, 2020

Event Lektorius: Date Language Location Price  
Bazinis A kursas
Ruud Alsemgeest
2020 lapkričio 27-29 d.
Anglų (lietuvių)
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DNS Presentation


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.

Kam šie kursai skirti?

  • 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
  • Advanced D (6 day) course

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 :
Kaunas: November 27 – 29, 2020

Early bird – up to 10ht of September  – 390 eur.
Full –  after 10th of September. – 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”)

Upcoming Basic A courses :
Kaunas: 2021 (TBA)


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]