Experience Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization in London at Kinect Health
What is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation? (DNS)
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization is an innovative movement based technique developed by Professor Pavel Kolar. It focuses on restoring developmental movement patterns, with a goal to help the body move more efficiently to help resolve pain and injuries / improve performance.
What do we mean by developmental movement
Developmental movement focuses on how we learn to move from babies to infants. There are certain milestones in this process, such as rolling, crawling and squatting, which are thought to be fundamental for healthy movement. However, as adults we often lose the ability to perform these movements, which unfortunately can have a negative impact on our health.
Professor Pavel Kolar, founder of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization treating a patient using DNS techniques.
These are some of the common developmental postures often referred to as ‘mile stones’ in developmental kinesiology (movement) that we see babies / infants progressing through.
What makes Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation so different?
The magic of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation lies in its unique approach to restoring breathing efficiency and joint stabilisation (centration). Due to our modern day lifestyles and daily habits, we often develop postural changes which can negatively affect how we move. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation takes you right back to fundamental movement patterns to help restore these changes and move more efficiently.
Why optimal breathing is so important
Optimal breathing is key to building a strong, efficient core and spinal stability. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization breathing protocols utilise the power of ‘intra-abdominal pressure’. This is a way to describe the pressure (think stability), generated in your abdomen (think core) when your diaphragm contracts and relaxes.
DNS Approach to breathing
Here is a short video demonstrating the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation thought process towards breathing optimisation.
How can Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization help you?
Here is a case study from one of my clients Nick. Nick came to see me suffering with pain in both shoulder. Despite having already been to several other clinics Nick had made little progress. This was mainly due to the fact that most of the treatment had focused solely on his shoulders and strengthening his rotator cuff.
Taking a whole body approach and assessing his movement highlighted that Nick had a tendency to collapse his spine whenever he loaded his upper body. This was causing a lot of localised joint compression into the shoulders, as the forces generated were not able to transfer efficiently across the whole shoulder complex and back.
Trust the process
We initially focused on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization breathing and basic spinal stabilisation exercises to help build a strong foundation. We then focused more specifically on strengthening the distal upper limb and developing more force management options. Nick committed 100% to the process and really put the work in.
Before and After 4 months of hard work
These photos show Nick in the same position but using different force management strategies. You can see Nick is now using his back, core and scapular musculature to stabilise the position, instead of collapsing/compressing his spine. He’s also gained some muscle as we also modified his gym programme and lifting technique.
As Nick developed a stronger foundation and better technique he learnt to avoid the ‘compressed’ positions that previously led to pain in his shoulders. This meant he was able to be more consistent with his training and make some great progress.