Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) – Exercise 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: physiotherapists, professional coaches, osteopaths, kinesiologists, and other health care professionals working with movement.

Upcoming courses:
DNS Exercise I:
-February 3-4, 2024
DNS Exercise II:
-March 23-24, 2024

III Advanced Course
September 21-22, 2024
English (Lithuanian)
Michal Truc
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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.

DNS exercise courses are structured into 3 parts:

  • I – 2-day basics course (12 contact hours).
  • II – 2-day intermediate course (12 contact hours).
  • III – 2-day advanced course (12 contact hours).

Course attendees will have a clear understanding of:

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

Course Schedule:

Day 1 
9.00 – 10.45 Developmental kinesiology, ontogenesis – basic principles & application in sport.
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break.
11.00 – 12.30 Postural–locomotiom function: definition of optimal and abnormal patterns.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30 – 15.15 Stabilizing system of the spine: DNS tests (workshop).
15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break.
15.30 – 17.00 Basic types of stabilization exercise utilizing optimal developmental positions and patterns – demonstration.

Day 2 
8.30 – 10.30 Active exercise prescription based on developmental positions (workshop).
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break.
10.45 – 12.30 Active exercise prescription based on developmental positions – modification for strengthening exercise (workshop).
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30– 15.30 Active exercise based on developmental positions: modifications to train basic sport movements: throwing,

Course attendees will have a clear understanding of:

  • Review of developmental kinesiology in the context of adult optimal posture, sports performance and global motor patterns to enhance outcomes in sport and human movement.
  • Demonstrate exercises in higher developmental positions – tripod, bear, squat, lunge, step up and its modifications & training of body awareness.
  • Demonstrate exercises utilizing the principles of developmental kinesiology with elastic bands, barbells, weights, and gymball
  • Discuss & demonstrate DNS exercises for specific sport techniques: throwing, jumping, stroke, skating etc.
  • Students who want to work towards DNS Trainer certification must pass an online test after DNS Exercise course part II, and before taking DNS Exercise course part III.The online test consists of 30 multiple choice questions, 10 picture and 5 video questions. To pass the test the student must answer 32 out of the 45 questions correctly. The student gets a maximum of three attempts to pass the test. Students are recommended to retake DNS Exercise II course and then to take the online test again in case of failing to pass the test on the three attempts. As soon as submitting the test the student receives results by email. Passing the online test is a prerequisite before taking the Practical test at the DNS Exercise Course part III, and being certified as a DNS Exercise Trainer.

Course Schedule:

Day 1
9.00 – 10.30 Review of developmental kinesiology principles to achieve optimal postural stabilization as primary prerequisite for sports performance. Ipsilateral and contralateral sport patterns.
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break.
10.45 – 12.30 Postural analysis – advanced DNS tests to recognize a “weak link” in the postural locomotion pattern.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30 – 15.00 DNS techniques to achieve optimal stabilization of the supporting segments and balanced co-contraction of core stabilizers.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break.
15.15 – 17.00 Video and life athletes demonstration to analyze postural-locomotion function and determine treatment strategy to treat painful syndromes, prevent its recurrence and enhance sport performance.

Day 2
8.30 – 10.30 Exercise in advanced ontogenetic positions.
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break.
10.45 – 12.30 Exercise in ontogenetic positions with elastic bands, weights and on unstable surface.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30 – 15.00 DNS exercises for specific sport techniques.
15.00 – 16.00 Workshop cont., Final discussion.

Information will be available soon


Michal Truc, MPT

Michal graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University in Prague, achieving Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 1998. Specializing in rehabilitation of locomotor system dysfunction and in functional treatment of clients with vertigo and balance problems, but also treating patients with various neurological and orthopaedic diagnosis Michal worked as physical therapist at the Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, University Hospital Motol in Prague for more than 10 years. Since November 2011 Michal works as senior physiotherapist at Professor Kolar’s private Centre of Movement Medicine located in Prague (www.cpmpk.cz).

Michal is certified therapist in Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta, Mobilization and Relaxation Techniques according to Lewit, and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Kolar. Michal has also been trained in the Treatment of Functional Disorders of Orofacial System by Dr. Clayton Skaggs (St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and in Trigger Point Treatment according to Prof. Simons (DeKalb Medical Centre, Atlanta, USA). Michal completed course in method of Quadruped Locomotion and Creeping according to Klapp, courses in Kinesiotaping, being also certified in application of Physical Therapy Modalities (Noninvasive laser therapy and magnetic field therapy). Myoskeletal ultrasound examination.

Since 2003 Michal has been appointed team clinician for the Czech National Cross-Country Skiing Team and Czech National Hockey Team. Michal has been functionally evaluating and treating elite athletes on daily basis also traveling with the teams for International World Championships and Olympic Games. In his work with professional athletes Michal focuses on treatment, prevention and enhancement of sport performance.

Michal Truc closely works under Professors Pavel Kolar’s supervision, becoming an expert in the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization approach. He acts as certified instructor in Developmental Kinesiology and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2001. He has been teaching the DNS courses in Czech Republic, Slovakia and other European countries, Japan, China, Taiwan, North and South America.

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

The price of the course does not include 100 Eur. fee for the Prague Rehabilitation School, which is necessary to attend the course.
To pay the fee, please use the follwing links:
-For Basic course I, on February 3-4, 2024.: https://www.rehabps.cz/rehab/course.php?c_id=2895
-For Intermediate CourseII, on March 23-24, 2024: https://www.rehabps.cz/rehab/course.php?c_id=2778


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