Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is an assessment and treatment modality in physical therapy, chiropractic and personal training fields. DNS works by stimulating the central nervous system to retrain the neurophysiological aspect of the locomotion system. This allows for ideal spinal and extremity joint stabilization and leads to improved movement patterns and restoration of dysfunctional areas of the body. DNS uses physical therapy models to help activate stabilization musculature, which starts with proper mechanics of the diaphragm, pelvic floor and "core musculature," then expands to the limbs. DNS helps reestablish the connections between muscle and brain and supports treatment in patients with disc herniations, rotator cuff syndrome, neck pain, pelvic floor weakness, GERD (acid reflux), hypertonic muscles from strokes and cerebral palsy and many other conditions.While height and weight scales are important to monitor throughout the begining years of life, so are movment patterns. As a typically developing infant reaches age milestones, they will accomplish specific movement patterns. These movment patterns are hard wired into the nervous system and build a great foundation for therapeutic exercise.
Unctional stabilization is required and essential for movement of the head and limbs, and it’s key to proper spinal support when standing or sitting.
We don’t even know we’re doing it—stabilizing our body is automatic: prior to a movement, our short intersegmental spinal muscles, deep neck flexors, diaphragm, abdominal wall, and pelvic floor prepare to stabilize the body (this is called our Integrated Stabilizing System).
All kinds of patients can benefit from DNS:
- if you are weak or elderly and want to regain stability of your body,
- if you are a professional athlete (or even high-level amateur) who wants your body to perform optimally,
- if you are suffering from intervertebral disc prolapse
- if you have a chronic neurological disorders
Most beginning DNS exercises derive from creeping, crawling, or rolling positions, and can include the use of equipment like fitness balls or resistance bands.
More advanced exercises include kneeling, standing, or tripod stances.
While performing the exercises, we have you actively supported to correct your movement patterns and train your mind to do it properly until it becomes truly automatic.