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What is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization?

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a type of therapy that focuses on the connection between the body's nervous system and musculoskeletal system. The DNS approach is based on the idea that the nervous system is responsible for controlling movement and that dysfunction in the nervous system can lead to pain and injury. DNS therapists use a variety of techniques to help their patients improve their movement patterns and reduce pain.


DNS was developed by Czech physiotherapist Professor Pavel Kolar. Kolar studied the way babies develop movement patterns and used this knowledge to develop the DNS approach. He observed that babies develop movement patterns in a specific sequence, starting with basic movements such as rolling over and progressing to more complex movements such as crawling and walking.


DNS therapists use this knowledge to help their patients re-learn basic movement patterns. They focus on activating the core muscles, including the diaphragm, pelvic floor, and deep abdominal muscles. These muscles play a critical role in stabilizing the spine and pelvis during movement.


DNS therapists use a variety of techniques to activate these core muscles, including exercises, manual therapy, and breathing techniques. They also teach their patients how to move more efficiently, which can help prevent future injuries.


DNS has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation. It has also been used to improve athletic performance and prevent injuries in athletes.


The DNS approach is different from traditional physical therapy in several ways. Traditional physical therapy often focuses on treating specific injuries or conditions. DNS, on the other hand, focuses on improving movement patterns and re-training the nervous system. DNS therapists also use a holistic approach to patient care, taking into account the patient's overall health and wellness.



In conclusion, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization is a type of therapy that focuses on the connection between the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. DNS therapists use a variety of techniques to help their patients improve their movement patterns and reduce pain. DNS has been used to treat a wide range of conditions and improve athletic performance.


If you are interested in trying the DNS approach, it is important to find a qualified therapist. DNS therapists undergo extensive training and certification to ensure they are qualified to provide this type of therapy. Dr. Kopp is 1 of 3 DNS Certified Practitioners in Michigan.


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