About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)
is a new manual rehabilitative approach based on developmental movement principles. It is designed to activate the body’s stabilizing system by stimulating movement control centers in the brain. It stabilizes the body by teaching the body to mimick and internalize the precise postures a child takes when it learns to crawl and upright itself. The method helps to restore the structural and postural alignment of the body’s neuromuscular skeletal system by invoking a full body “global” motor pattern.
Global motor patterns form the foundation of human movement. They are activated in the specific sequence of increasing complexity during the postural development in the first months of a child’s life. The global motor pattern remain essential for control of posture and stability of the spine – the pivotal center of the entire locomotor system throughout the life of the individual.
DNS therapy reactivates patient’s dormant global motor pattern and, exploiting the plasticity of the brain, establishes new physiological connections. The spinal-joint manipulation, muscle relaxation and the soft tissue release procedures are all conducted in the postural positions of ideal movements of an infant (crawling and turning). In these positions of support the maximum spinal stability and joint centration of the entire body are achieved.
During DNS therapy, gentle pressure is applied to the body while the patient is situated in a ideal movement position. This pressure stimulates a global motor reaction which minimizes muscle imbalances, relieves painful muscle spasms, improves spinal stability, and encourages postural awareness. Over time, through repetition of the DNS exercises, spinal stability becomes habitual and unconscious.
The results achieved by DNS are superior to conventional methods used by chiropractors and physiotherapists, who tend to address the problem “locally”. DNS therapy prepares the body for gentle, non-forceful manipulation producing faster and more stable improvement of function and, therefore, long-lasting pain relief.
To read more about the principles behind DNS therapy, please read about Reflex Locomotion.