Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a method of rehabilitating the human locomotor system. It is based on how the normal developing baby “learns” to create the basic postures and movement patterns necessary for a normally functioning adult.
The brainchild of professor Pavel Kolar, P.T., Paed.Dr., PhD., Czech rehabilitation expert and team physician for the Czech national hockey, soccer and tennis (Davis Cup) teams, DNS is breaking new ground in physicians offices and rehabilitation clinics; as well as with athletes in virtually every sport, all over the world.
DNS is not a technique. It is a system, an approach, to therapy and training that uses normal baby development as the “functional norm”, as described by world-renowned pediatric neurologist, Vaclav Vojta, M.D., and used in the treatment (Vojta’s Method) of babies with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy (see: Reflex Locomotion).
Professor Kolar, who worked alongside Dr. Vojta at the Vojta Institute in Munich, Germany treating neurological movement disorders in children, began using his mentor’s concepts and principles of Reflex Locomotion in his treatment and training of Olympic and other elite athletes. That began the development of what has become the ground-breaking approach to rehabilitation and training called DNS.
Dr. Mayer is one of a small group of doctors, therapists and athletic trainers in the U.S. who have been practicing DNS for over ten years; having been among the first practitioners to study DNS at Motol, in 2002, with Kolar and professors emeritus Karel Lewit, M.D., and Francik Vele, M.D., amongst others. Capitol Rehab of Richmond is the only clinic in the state of Virginia to use DNS as the basis for all therapy and training.