What is DNS

 

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) uses the approach in which every purposeful movement is reinforced by the coordinated activity of segmental postural stability. The goal is to achieve optimal muscle coordination by exercising in developmental positions.  


Traditionally, when thinking about muscle strengthening in our extremities, we automatically think of what the origin and insertion of that muscle is and how can we contract that muscle. The DNS approach is much more functional. It brings the supporting joints and segments into a functionally aligned position. If one muscle is dysfunctional (weak), the entire stabilizing function is disturbed and the quality of the movement is compromised.


Using DNS specific therapeutic exercises the individual is placed in different positions depending upon which muscle is affected and where in the movement the dysfunction is present. The practitioner applies resistance in a specific way when the individual is moving, to activate the ideal stabilization patterns. Both the direction of the resistance as well as the level of resistance are important, and are determined by the individual’s ability to stabilize. Once the correct patterns have been facilitated the individual can perform the exercises at home. 


 DNS is a rehabilitation approach which stimulates movement control centers in the brain to activate how our bodies were meant to move by restoring and stabilizing locomotor function.


**DNS Exercise 1 completed August, 2018

**DNS Exercise 2 completed November, 2018