Frequently Asked Question's
Q: Is DNS a Technique?
A: No. DNS is a comprehensive clinical approach that is based upon the way humans develop from the time of birth until about 1 ½ years of age. The order of this maturation, the way that we each gain control of our bodies, provides a blueprint for us to follow when we need to restore our function later in life. Therefore, DNS is a complete rehabilitative system that involves assessment, manual treatment, exercise and education.
Q: I heard DNS is used to treat neurological problems like strokes and injuries to the brain and spinal cord. Is this true?
A: Yes. DNS strategies have been utilized at Charles University’s Motol Hospital to effectively treat these disorders. DNS heavily relies on reflex stimulation, a manual technique to stimulate the neuroplasticity (functional brain reorganization) to accomplish these benefits.
Q: Is the DNS Reflex Stimulation only used for brain and spinal cord injury cases?
A: No. Reflex stimulation can be used for a variety of disorders from acute (new) injuries to chronic (long-standing) pain. It tends to reduce pain and muscle spasm, while improving body awareness. First, this can help the patient to feel much better, but it also allows corrective exercises to be performed better and with less difficulty.
Q: If DNS is a comprehensive rehabilitation method, does that mean it does not work well together with other treatment s like manipulation, mobilization, or acupuncture?
A: No. DNS methods integrate with these other methods and are commonly combined by treating DNS clinicians. The combination can often improve results!
Q: A patient was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago. She has been having increasing difficulty with walking and worsening pain in her back. Can DNS help her?
A: Perhaps. Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative neurological disorder and there is no known cure. However, DNS methods have been used in the Czech Republic for years to reduce spasticity and pain, allowing MS patients to maintain their activities of daily living, maintain a higher level of exercise for conditioning, while enjoying an overall better quality of life.
Q: I heard that DNS methods are used to help healthy, uninjured athletes improve their performance, even elite athletes. Is this true and, if so, how does it help to improve performance?
A: Yes, DNS methods help athletes improve their performance by improving body awareness and control. By assessing the athlete’s ability to stabilize their body with DNS functional tests, DNS clinicians can fine-tune postural, respiratory, local (ex/ shoulder, back, knee, etc.), and global movement patterns to optimize body control and improve athletic performance.
Q: Can DNS help patients who have received short-term benefit from typical methods like chiropractic, physical therapy and/or acupuncture treatment?, like those with ongoing or recurrent neck, back pain or headaches?
A: Yes. DNS clinicians often provide successful treatment for those chronic, recurrent cases. The purpose of DNS is to allow the patient to become more aware of his or her body in order to establish better posture, breathing, movement and more effective exercising. This allows the patient to improve their function and become more aware of their body in order to reduce symptoms and also risks of recurrences.
Q: How do patients find trained DNS clinicians?
A: There are a variety of ways patients find trained DNS clinicians. First, they are referred by friends, colleagues, loved ones or their doctors. The secret of DNS is out and the public, health care providers, trainers, athletes and patients, is increasingly demanding available DNS providers. Second, DNS clinicians often are asked to provide referrals to other DNS clinicians in other areas. Finally, there is a growing list of DNS Certified Clinicians listed on the "Prague School" web site (www.rehabps.com). These three approaches allow for an increasingly effective referral network to become established as DNS grows.