Introductory Course Amsterdam

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 in search of more effective and long-lasting results. Some functional stabilization 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. has indeed spawned a new manual approach to activate the “Integrated Stabilizing System” and achieve exciting levels of improved function in a remarkably brief period. Based upon the scientific principles of developmental kinesiology, the neurophysiological aspects of the maturing locomotor system on which the internationally renowned “Prague School of Manual Medicine and Rehabilitation” 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, among many other conditions, since Cox and McKenzie established their approaches decades ago. The success of this method, known as ‘Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) according to Kolar’, has gained a great deal of interest among clinicians around the world.

These courses are taught by Professor Morris. Because of the complexity of the material, the 1st weekend addresses foundational the theoretical aspects of DNS, in addition to a glimpse of the manual techniques utilized. Attendees will then have one week to practice these basic skills before returning for the next (second) weekend, which heavily emphasizes the introductory manual stimulatory techniques.

Question: Is DNS according to Kolar a technique?

DNS is not a technique, but rather an overall strategy designed to better understand the neurophysiological principles of locomotor system function. It includes both a knowledge and theoretical base, in addition to assessment, treatment, exercise and lifetime strategies. DNS is equally applicable for the feeble geriatric patient and elite athlete, for the acute intervertebral disc patient and chronic neurological disorder patient. DNS methods can benefit infants and adolescents. Once the DNS principles are understood and methods learned, the entire scope of patients available to benefit becomes expanded from classic chiropractic practice.

Due to the complexity and hands-on nature of this course and necessity of individual attention during the practical technique hours, DNS restrictions strictly limit the attendance for these courses.


·         Demonstrate an 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. Spontaneous motor patterns during first year of life.

·         Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood. Posture will be discussed from a developmental point of view.

·         Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns

·         New terminology such as functional joint centration and decentration, stabilization, punctum fixum, punctum mobile and the integrated stabilizing system of the spine.

·         Demonstrate an understanding of the most important principles of reflex locomotion:  locomotor patterns - stepping and support function and stimulation zones

·         Perform the basic techniques for reflex locomotion, i.e. reflex turning and reflex creeping.

·         Assess the deep spinal stabilizing system and utilize the most important techniques used in the treatment of the deep stabilizing system of the spine based on the principles of reflex locomotion.

Introductory Course Amsterdam 3 Day schedule


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