Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) – Pediatric Course


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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:
-Kaunas: November 4-7, 2021

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Pediatric course I
English (Lithuanian)
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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.

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 Thursday – November 4, 2021
9.00 – 10.45 Introduction to DNS – terminology, functional joint centration, global motor
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break.
11.00 – 12.30 Ideal stabilization pattern – development of stabilization pattern, the role of
diaphragm, developmental definition of ideal respiration and stabilization pattern.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30 – 15.15 DNS assessment and treatment – postural insufficiencies in older children and
15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break.
15.30 – 17.30 DNS assessment and treatment – postural insufficiencies in older children and

Day 2 Friday – November 5, 2021
9.00 – 10.45 Ontogenesis – developmental kinesiology – description of spontaneous motor
activity and postural.
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break.
11.00 – 12.30 Ontogenesis – developmental kinesiology – cont., active exercise in
undifferentiated developmental positions.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30– 15.00 Assessment – primitive reflexes and postural reactivity of infant, workshop with
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break.
15.15 – 17.30 Assessment and treatment of the infant with asymmetry + patients video

Day 3 Saturday – November 6, 2021
9.00 – 10.45 DNS assessment and treatment – postural insufficiencies in older children and
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break.
11.00 – 12.30 DNS assessment and treatment – postural insufficiencies in older children and
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch.
13.30– 15.00 Infant handling and therapy.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break.
15.15 – 16.40 1 patient demo (physiological baby 0-6M)
1 patient demo (physiological baby 7-12M)
16.40 – 17.30 Active exercise in developmental positions, discussion, closing the day.

Day 4 Sunday – November 7, 2021
9.00 – 10.00 Active exercise in developmental positions.
10.00 – 11.00 Patient demo (child with asymmetry).
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break.
11.15 – 13.00 Principles of DNS treatment – summary, discussion.

Upcoming Pediatrics Course I dates: 
-Kaunas: November 4-7, 2021

Fee: 539 eur.

IMPORTANT! There is an additional Prague Rehabilitation School Fee of  100 Eur. that needs to be paid in order to participate in the course.
Discount for pre-registration! Price until October 1. – 479 Eur.


Petra Valouchova, MPT, PhD

Petra graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Physical Therapy at Palacky University in Olomouc in 1998. She specializes in locomotor system dysfunction rehabilitation. She achieved her Doctorate in Kinanthropology with a focus on Biomechanics in 2001. Her main interest is biomechanics and the kinematic analysis of gait.

Since 2002 Petra worked as a physical therapist at the Rehabilitation and Sport Medicine Department at the Motol University Hospital in Prague. She treats adults and children with movement impairments caused by neurological, orthopaedic and traumatic disturbances.

Petra is also a university lecturer of physical therapy and general medicine at the Charles’ University Medical School. Her lectures include Sports Medicine, Biomechanics, Bobath Concept and Vojta Reflex Locomotion methods. She has also specialized in surface electromyography assessment and has published several articles regarding surface electromyographical studies.

As of October 2011, Petra became Chief physiotherapist at the Centre of Movement Medicine located in Prague (www.cpmpk.cz) – which is one of the two private clinics owned by Professor Kolář and oversees both departments of physical therapy since 2018.

Petra is a certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Vojta Reflex locomotion principles, Mobilization and Soft Tissue Techniques according to Lewit, and the Bobath Method for adults. She also completed courses in Neurodynamics according to Butler, Quadrupedal Locomotion method according to Klapp, Taping methods including Kinesiotaping, Stecco Fascia Manipulation, and the Barral Institute method of Visceral Manipulation.

Petra works closely under Professor Pavel Kolar’s supervision, she is an expert in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and is also a certified Instructor in Developmental Kinesiology and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2002.

She regularly teaches DNS courses throughout Europe, USA, Canada, South America, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Australia.

Petra has been a Fitness Step Team World Champion in 2003 and 2004, and European Champion in 2004.

Petra currently resides in Czech Republic, near Prague with her husband, daughter and son.

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.
You can pay the fee at the following link: https://www.rehabps.cz/rehab/course.php?c_id=1898